Master Gardener Program

The Manitoba Master Gardener Association (MMGA), established in 2011, fosters the development of Master Gardeners and encourages their volunteer efforts to promote horticultural education and activities throughout their communities.

We cooperate with Assiniboine Community College in the delivery of the Master Gardener courses, and serve as the designated body for tracking the annual volunteer hours necessary for maintaining certification of Master Gardeners. Our website lists volunteer opportunities and suggestions for required refresher courses.

We are pleased to announce the Board of Directors:

Co-Chairs—Colleen Zacharias (Winnipeg) and Diana Dhaliwal (Winnipeg)

Treasurer—Teresa Lopata (Winnipeg)

Secretary—Jane Zoutman (Winnipeg)

Education Standards Director— Elsie Kathler (Steinbach)

Communications (Website) Director—Marilyn Dudek (Winnipeg)

Membership Director—Lori Graham (Winnipeg)

Newsletter Editor – Michael Manfield (Lockport)

Special Events and Fundraising Director – Shelley Walker (Winnipeg)

Volunteer Coordinator – Dawn Hicks (Winnipeg)

Public Relations Director – Cathy Shaluk (Winnipeg)

Members-at-Large – Carol Bender (Beausejour) and Glenda MacPhee (Neepawa)

Manitoba’s Master Gardeners work together to make a positive difference in our horticultural community.

To learn more, visit us at For further information contact

What is a Master Gardener?

An individual who, in the interest of learning more about the art and science of gardening, has received their Master Gardener certification by completing the course requirements. Most are enthusiastic gardeners, some are experienced professionals – all have a passion for gardening. The course is designed to provide up-to-date information on all gardening basics, and combines home study, classroom instruction and an exam. Completion of a volunteer component is also required before certification. All courses are taught by qualified professionals, experienced in their field.

What do they learn?

Students improve their knowledge of growing plants, pruning techniques, diagnosis of plant problems, vegetable and fruit gardening, soils, plant identification and much more. They are also trained in natural pest control strategies and proper cultural gardening practices for prevention of problems.

What does a Master Gardener do?

The objective of the program is to educate the public by providing gardening information to the community. To retain certification, Master Gardeners are required to contribute to their community as volunteers, in a variety of ways as listed on the MMGA website. This could include: teaching children and youth about gardening and how it relates to their environment and food sources, helping seniors with gardening, writing articles for a local newspaper, contributing in their local garden club.

Did you know?

The Master Gardener grogram began in the state of Washington in 1972 and has since grown to include most states and Canadian provinces. There are currently over 60,000 Master Gardeners across North America!

2016-17 Course Schedule

The Master Gardener Program is open to anyone with an interest in gardening. It is an opportunity to learn, share gardening experiences, and develop friendships through community volunteerism.
For full descriptions of the courses, click here.
Course Schedule Location Fee Instructor
Garden Fundamentals
AGRC-0229 (12 hrs)
Oct 15 & 22, 2016 9am-4pm ACC $219. Cathy Shaluk
Botanical Latin
AGRC-0165 (3 hrs)
Nov 5, 2016
ACC $99. Warren Otto
Common Plant Diseases ARGC 0230 (3hrs) Jan 21, 2017

ACC $99. Dr. Andy Tekauz
Identifying Insects
ARGC 0163 (6hrs)
ACC $139. TBA
Safe Use of Pesticides & Alternatives

AGRC-0231 (3 hrs)
Feb 11, 2017

ACC $99. Taz Stuart
Communications-Master Gardener
COMM-0202 (6 hrs)
March 11, 2017
ACC $139. Lilian Tankard
Tree & Shrub ID
AGRC 0160 (6 hrs)
April 8, 2017

9 am-4pm
ACC $139. Michael Allen
Master Gardener Theory (EXAM)

Incl. in reg. fee
*All Winnipeg classes to be held at Assiniboine Community College Winnipeg Training Centre,
Unit 87-1313 Border Street
Program Overview
  1. Register for the Home Study portion.
  2. Complete 7 courses.
  3. Complete an Internship of 40 hours.
  4. Write the Final Exam.
Course Descriptions
Garden Fundamentals – Learn the science of gardening! Understanding basic horticulture will help answer many common gardening problems and will help you to become a better gardener. Learn the basics of soils, climate, plant nutrition, botany mulches and watering. The Garden Fundamentals classes include lecture, discussion, slide shows as well as hands-on activities to aid student understanding and give practical skills to use outside the classroom. This two day course is broken into two parts:
Day 1 – Soils for Horticulture
Day 2 – Applied Botany for gardeners.
NOTE: this course is a prerequisite for other core courses.
Botanical Latin – is the language developed for the naming and description of plants. This entertaining workshop is designed for those who have no knowledge of classical Latin. Understanding Botanical Latin will assist you when selecting plants for your landscape.
NOTE: this course is a prerequisite for other core courses.
Other courses that will be offered in Winter & Spring include Safe Use of Pesticides and Alternatives, Communications, and Tree Shrub I.D., Identifying Insects, Common Plant Diseases.

For complete details, refer to the Assiniboine Community College website.
For more information or to register, contact:
tel: 1-800-862-6307  or 1-204-725-8700

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