Part-time Non-credit Certificate Program

Update: the next start date for the Master Gardener Program will be September 2019!

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A collaboration between Vancouver Island University and Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association.

Designed for the experienced home gardener, this is an intensive training program providing up-to-date information on all gardening basics. Through this program you will be able to:

  • Meet other gardeners in an atmosphere of sharing and exploration
  • Fill gaps in your gardening knowledge
  • Provide satisfying solutions to future gardening problems
  • Know where to find the answers to new challenges
  • Give back to your community and share your joy of gardening.

Course Delivery:

The program consists of 78 hours of classroom training, followed by 70 hours of volunteer service. The classroom training component is delivered in a Saturday workshop format (12 sessions). The program will take place at the G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre in Nanaimo.

Program Content:

Classroom component covers a full range of gardening topics such as:

  • Botany and plant identification
  • Soils
  • Pruning
  • Plant diseases, hardiness and protection
  • Specialized information about specific plant types
  • Sustainable landscape design
  • Weed management
  • Composting
  • Propagation
  • Basic entomology and integrated pest management

Volunteer Service component is where students share their gardening knowledge and passion with the community, supported by experienced Master Gardeners.

Start Date:

Next Program:  September 2019

Admission Requirements:

  • Experienced home gardener, prepared to share knowledge and enthusiasm with the gardening public.

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