Lifelong learning is at the heart of the Victoria Master Gardener Association, the idea that no one can possibly know it all; that there is no shame in saying “I don’t know but I know who to ask”. Amazing gardeners here at the HCP say it all the time. The thing is you have to start somewhere and the Master Gardener Program is the place. You will learn current, reliable home gardening basics – the framework to pin everything else to. You will also learn how to look it up, who to ask and how to share that knowledge of sound, environmentally responsible gardening practices with the community.
The course is taught at the HCP by a Pacific Horticulture College instructors and Master Gardeners and consists of 26 x 3-hour sessions that combine classroom and online instruction, home study, hands-on practicum, assignments and in-class projects. Guest lecturers add their knowledge, contributing immeasurably to the experience. Homework consists of 7 assignments taking an average of 6 – 10 hours each to complete.
This program has a blended delivery. The program will be partly in person in the HCP classroom and partly online via Zoom. There will also be some practical components in the gardens and field trips.
With this in mind participants will need to be comfortable with using Zoom and have a computer and wifi that meets the requirements. Participants should also have some flexibility should we need to postpone, or reschedule classes (within reason) due to Covid. This may include reasons such as provincial health regulations or an instructor being ill.
Participants will also be required to comply with Covid safety protocols during in person classes based on provincial recommendations.
This class is very popular and spaces are limited. Precedence will be given to those who are on the interest list. Thereafter if spaces are remaining they will be offered to the general public.
Sign up for the interest online or call 250 479 6162.
Important: Please supply an accurate email address when you sign up as all registration communications will be via email. Please check email, including junk mail and spam prior to October 4 to confirm that you are receiving our messages and do not miss out on registration notices.
September 12 – Registration for those on the interest list
September 19 – Registration opens for the general public
Registration Fee: 75 (due on registration and non refundable for cancellations after November 22)
Fees: $795.00 (includes deposit, books and handouts)
Note: Payment deadline for fees – December 1, 2021.
Download info sheet with tentative schedule below
January 30 – May 8, 2022
Thursdays – 6pm – 9pm and Sundays 9am – 12pm
Online and in-person.
Once you complete the course, you have the option to go on and become a Master Gardener. Note that this is optional and not a requirement when you complete the course.
What is a Master Gardener and what do they do?
Master Gardeners combine a passion for gardening and the dedication to share their knowledge with the community. As part of an international, non-profit organization, all Master Gardeners are volunteers and offer their knowledge in many venues. To become a Master Gardener, you first qualify to be a Master Gardener in Training (MGIT) and then become qualified as a Master Gardener, following a period of further education and volunteering.
Qualification as a Master Gardener in Training (MGIT)
Qualifications to become a certified Master Gardener
Volunteer hours are the cornerstone of certification. In the first 24 months after completing the basic training course, MGITs complete a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer hours in such activities as gardening events, seminars, fairs, plant sales, nursery clinics, workshops, demonstrations, community projects, research and writing and fundraising events. Once certification has been obtained, the number of clinic hours /year is reduced. In addition to volunteer hours, members attend regular meetings and commit to on-going education.
A full description of the program can be found at http://mgabc.org/content/14-become-master-gardener/
Visit the Victoria Master Gardener Association website for more information – https://www.mgabc.org/content/victoria.