The Master Gardener certificate program offers a wide variety of gardening and horticultural courses for all levels of ability and knowledge.
- Participate in related activities, tours and events on campus and beyond.
- Socialize with other gardening enthusiasts at events to learn and share knowledge.
- Instructors are trained professionals who specialize in their teaching area.
- Hands-on teaching methods also provide access to resources available through the University of Saskatchewan.
- There is no time limit. You can start the program at any time and take as long as you need to complete the program requirements. The U of S Master Gardener Certificate is flexibly designed so you can take courses according to your schedule.
- The U of S Master Gardener Program is open to anyone. There are no deadlines for registration or for completion of the program.
- Courses are offered throughout the year.
Master Gardener Certificate Requirements
- The U of S Master Gardener Program is open to everyone age 16 and older. The only prerequisite is an interest in gardening–and enthusiasm.
- Register anytime and take as long as you want to complete the program. To receive your certificate, complete 7 core courses, a 40-hour volunteer internship and an open book exam.
- The core courses are Garden Fundamentals, Botanical Latin, Tree and Shrub ID, Insects in Your Yard and Garden, Common Plant Diseases, Safe Use of Pesticides and Alternatives, and Communications. They are offered twice each year: weekends in the spring and again during Hort Week (second week in July). Garden Fundamentals and Botanical Latin are available through distance education. Currently, the other classes are not available through distance education.
- Garden Fundamentals and Botanical Latin are recommended as your first courses and are prerequisites for your Tree and Shrub ID course. Beyond these recommendations, you can take the courses in any order you wish.
- The 40 hour volunteer inservice may be completed within any year of your choosing.
- Once you have completed your classes, you can request access to your open book, multiple choice exam.
- The total cost of the program including registration fee, all 7 core workshops (6.5 days of class time), examination and certification is under $800.
- Once you become a certified University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener, you are required to put in a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service annually and attend a minimum of six hours of course instruction every two years to keep your certification current. What type of course instruction counts? All of our programming of course, but we will also accept educational credits from other organizations on a case by case basis.
To Become a U of S Master Gardener:
- Anyone can take any of our classes at any time, just for personal interest. However, if you want to become certified, you need to enrol in the Certification program as well. The registration fee includes all administrative and final examination fees as well as a subscription to the U of S Master Gardener newsletter. It also includes your home study course material for reference purposes. Only this registration fee is payable up front. The core course fees are due whenever you chose to enrol in a course. On completion of the seven core courses, a take-home, open book, multiple choice exam based on material from the program text and core courses can be written.
- Complete the seven core courses that are offered throughout the year and during Hort Week.
- Complete your internship: 40 hours of volunteer time within one year. Sometimes people feel there aren’t any volunteer opportunities in their community but if you see a need in your community, you can fill it through your community service based internship. Some ideas include: writing articles, assisting seniors with yard work, assisting U of S researchers, planting a community garden, sitting on the board of your local hort club, planning or participating in horticulture outreach education activities like Gardenscape, growing plants for fundraising and charity, designing a therapeutic garden, advising or assisting in a schoolyard garden, etc. In addition to finding your own opportunity, you can check out our volunteer opportunities page.
- Email us at email@example.com to request your exam.
You will be considered a University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener Trainee until you have fulfilled all of the above requirements.
Workshops required for certification
Gardening Workshops: Over 50 special interest workshops, tours or events are offered annually through gardening.usask.ca with something for every level of gardening ability. Anyone can register for any of our workshops, including the core workshops. You don't need to be registered in the Master Gardener program itself in order to participate in these classes, but you do need to be registered in the program in order to certify. This means you can try a class or two, decide if it's for you, and then choose to pursue certification. While core courses may be offered throughout the year, most general workshops, tours and events are offered in the spring and again during Hort Week.
Upcoming core courses
Frequently Asked Questions
- helping seniors or less-able individuals garden
- answering a garden phone-in line for your community
- designing, planting or maintaining community gardens in public places such as hospitals, schools, parks, etc.
- developing horticultural therapy programs
- writing a garden column for our newsletter or for your local paper
- teaching gardening classes for your local community colleges, associations or recreation departments
- The list goes on... “If you think there is a need you can fill it!”