Become a Master Gardener

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Would you like to become a Master Gardener?

London Middlesex Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide unbiased advice and expertise to encourage successful and sustainable horticultural practices for home gardeners.  Master Gardeners undertake approximately two years of studies from an accredited university and commit to volunteering their time and energy by offering advice and participating in activities that expand the knowledge of home gardeners.

What is your required commitment as a Master Gardener?  To provide a minimum of 30 volunteer hours a year at MG meetings and answering gardening questions in various situations. This includes, among other activities, researching and speaking on topics to Horticultural Societies and other interested groups, working at Master Gardener Advice Clinics set up  at home shows, the western Fair,  nurseries and garden centers.

How do you become a Master Gardener

  1. Come out to a meeting and see what we are about.  We suggest that you attend a couple of meetings to find out more about us.  Meetings are held at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the London Civic Garden complex @ 625 Springbank Drive, London.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Join the group as a Master Gardener in Training (MGIT)
  4. Enroll in a horticultural correspondence program as listed below.

Distance learning – easy access from your home computer! Hands-on.  Learn by doing…submit assignments by email! Choose from two horticultural programs:

University of Guelph – courses include:

  • Introduction to Plant Identification
  • Cultural Practice for Plants
  • Growing Plants

Dalhousie University – courses include:

  • Plant Identification & Use
  • Maintaining the Garden
  • The Science of Gardening
  • The Art of Gardening

Both programs partially satisfy the membership requirements of Master Gardeners of Ontario, Inc.   You do not need to be a member to enroll in classes.  For more information visit

For further information on becoming a member with London Middlesex Master Gardeners please contact us.