Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?
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 online 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 and regularly attend meetings to keep your knowledge updated. Activities may include answering emailed questions from the public, researching and writing tips about current garden topics, creating or delivering talks for Horticultural Societies and other interested groups, answering questions at events and advice clinics, creating booth displays, offering advice at home shows, libraries or community gardening events.
How do you become a Master Gardener?
Step 1 is just to 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 before deciding if our group is something you’re truly interested in joining. Contact us to inquire about our meeting schedule. They are typically held at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of October, November, February, March, April and May at the London Civic Garden complex @ 625 Springbank Drive, London. NOTE – meeting dates and location can change throughout the year. Contact us to check!
Step 2 – Fill out the application form. LMMG Membership Application
Step 3 – once your application has been accepted, you will be invited to join the group as a Master Gardener in Training (MGIT) and will be expected to enroll in a horticultural correspondence program as listed below. These distance learning programs (done from the comfort and easy access of your own home computer) are excellent learning for all! You will 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.