Manitoba Gardener

Manitoba Gardener

Overview

Formerly known as Master Gardener, this popular program is far from green and has been a staple at Assiniboine for over 15 years.

Along with the new name, Manitoba Gardener, the curriculum is revamped with a prairie focus. Learn about growing plants, pruning techniques, diagnosing plant problems, vegetable and fruit gardening, soils, plant identification, natural pest control strategies and much more!

The program provides an authentic certification with up-to-date information on all gardening basics specific to Manitoba and combines home study, in-person classroom instruction and an exam.

Join us for an information session to learn more!

Wednesday, August 24 | 7 p.m.

Join us for a 45-min online information session to hear about the new and improved Manitoba Gardener program, formerly known as Master Gardener, being delivered in person at our Winnipeg campus this fall. We will cover program details, course schedule, the application process, and more!

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Admissions

There are no admission requirements for this program.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Next StepS

Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Manitoba Gardener and preferred start date in your program choice.

Courses & Costs

To receive a Manitoba Gardener document of achievement, students must successfully complete 43 academic hours and the Manitoba Gardener theory exam.

Tuition, fees and Student Association fees total approximately $1,100. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

Intro to Manitoba Gardener (AGRC-0301) | Self-Paced

In this online course, students learn about the Manitoba Gardener program. They can expect to learn about the content of the courses in the program, how often courses are offered and how to complete the program for graduation. Students also learn about the Manitoba Master Gardener Association and how they can apply to become a member of the association.

Building Sustainable Gardens (AGRC-0302) | 6 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

Students learn about what people all over the world are doing in a concerted effort to bring back a forgotten way of working with nature. This is the basis of what is called regenerative gardening; it is a holistic approach to agriculture that has the potential to abundantly provide healthy food for everyone on Earth and every future generation to come. The focus will be on how diversity is just one characteristic that is foundational to any sustainable system.

The course introduces various beliefs, practices, and regenerative garden techniques to provide the learner with a source of knowledge that may influence the type of gardener they become. This course is made up of both in-class and in-field portions.

Botanical Latin (AGRC-0303) | 3 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

Botanical Latin is the language used for the naming and description of plants. This course is designed for those who have no knowledge of the Latin language. Upon completion of this course, students have a better understanding of the history, naming conventions or plants using botanical Latin and are better equipped when selecting plants for their garden or landscape.

Common Garden Insects (AGRC-0304) | 3 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

Insects in your garden can be alarming but knowing more about them will help your garden flourish. Students learn how to differentiate one insect from another and to determine which insects are beneficial, which potentially harmful and potential ways to deal with them.

Pesticide Use (AGRC-0305) | 6 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

This course teaches students when and how to use home pesticides safely as well as other alternatives and practices to consider to control weeds and pests.

Plant Biology (AGRC-0305) | 6 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

Students receive a basic understanding of horticultural botany including plant anatomy and function. Class includes lecture, discussion, as well as hands-on activities to aid student understanding and give practical skills to use outside of the classroom.

Plant Diseases (AGRC-0307) | 6 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

Learn how to identify common plant diseases found in your garden. Students learn about disease life cycles, prevention and control.

Soil Health & Biology (AGRC-0308) | 6 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

Students learn about how soil is formed with a focus on prairie geological history and climate, how plants use the nutrients in soil, how to classify soils and how to improve soils through composting and other beneficial practices. The course includes lecture, as well as hands-on activities to aid student understanding and give practical skills to analyze soils in their own gardens.

Native Tree & Shrub ID (AGRC-0316) | 6 Hours

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

This course provides students with the skills to identify shrubs and trees native to Manitoba. Students get a basic understanding of plant anatomy, plant growth and development, and vegetative and reproductive anatomy. The importance of tree and shrub diversity using native and non-native plants in urban canopies will be discussed. Hands-on skill-building using Dichotomous keys in a field environment will be provided.

Manitoba Gardener Exam (AGRC-0309) | Self-Paced

Prerequisite: AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener

This exam focuses on the theory behind the Manitoba Gardener courses. Students will complete an online exam based on the materials and teachings provided in the Manitoba Gardener program.

 

Program Details

Length
43 hours
Program Start
Fall 2022
Credential
Document of Achievement
Course Load
Part-time
Program Details
Continuing Studies
Continuing Studies
204.725.8725
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Locations

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new about the Manitoba Gardener program?

Previously referred to as the “Master Gardener” program, the Manitoba Gardener program has been designed to incorporate more of focus on Manitoba specific gardening content.

Is the program offered in-person or online?

The program is currently being offered in-person at the Winnipeg campus, but may become available online in the future.

Do I have to apply to the Manitoba Gardener program?

Yes, an application is required. Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Manitoba Gardener and preferred start date in your program choice.

What happens when I am accepted into the Manitoba Gardener program?

You will receive an email stating your acceptance into the program. The email will include your user name and student ID. Next, you will be automatically registered into AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener online course. This course is free and is the prerequisite for all the other courses in the program.

I am accepted into the Manitoba Gardener program, but unable to register online for a course.

If you are having trouble registering for a course, please contract the Registrar's Office by phone at 204-725-8701 or email registration@assiniboine.net.

How long does it take to obtain a Manitoba Gardener Document of Achievement?

Each student's timeline is unique. Some Student finish the required courses of the program in a year, while others take several years to complete. However, students have a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Where do the Manitoba Gardener classes take place?

Each course in the program will take place in-person at our Winnipeg Campus located at Unit 87-1313 Border Street with the exception of the Intro to Manitoba Gardner course which will be completed online through Moodle.

How often are the Manitoba Gardener courses offered?

We offer the full program of courses once per year, typically starting in the Fall and running into the Spring. The Intro to Manitoba Gardener course will be offered once a month which will allow you to enter the program when it suits you.

What is the AGRC-0301 Intro to Manitoba Gardener course?

This course is a short online overview of the program content and processes. Once accepted into the program, you will be automatically registered for this course. It is hosted on a learning platform called Moodle, and can be accessed by visiting www.online.assiniboine.net and using your ACC username and password provided in your acceptance email. Please note that this course is a prerequisite to all the other courses.

I was a student in the Master Gardener program. Can I complete my course requirements in the Manitoba Gardener program?

Yes. If you have started the Master Gardener program within the past five years, please email continuingstudies@assiniboine.net to discuss your next steps.