PRAIRIE MASTER GARDENER
LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALLATION
 Let our team of experts help you to create the outdoor living area of your dreams! Our team of educated and skilled experts can build or renovate your new or existing landscape; build you a deck, a fence or any other aspect you dream of!

For information, visit the Landscaping tab here.

Problems managing your property? Commercial or domestic - we will find you a sustainable solution that works for your budget!
We also do Property Maintenance!
Comprehensive Review of Diploma Program Completed
A comprehensive review of the face-to-face Diploma in Horticulture program, was recently completed by the Ministry of Advanced Education. It is our pleasure to share with you that our program met all the requirements of the review and we can confidently ensure our student body that this program exceeds all standards of quality and relevence to students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to build a great career in the field of horticulture!
Floral Design Courses!

Floral Design classes to enhance your life or train you for a new exciting career!


Floral Design Courses - Please send us an email if you are interested in any of the floral design classes. We schedule dates for courses once we have an appropriate level of interest.

See the Event & PMG tab for more details!

Meet Your Dream Career...Grow YOUR future! Become a:
  • Landscape Designer
  • Golf Course Manager
  • Garden Centre Supervisor
  • Nursery Production Manager
  • Landscape Construction Foreman
  • Greenhouse Technician
  • Parks & Recreation Supervisor
  • Landscape Maintenance Manger
  • Floral Designer
  • And More....
Distance Learning Courses Now Available!
Begin your dream career NOW by studying in the comfort of your home. All of our diploma and certificate programs can be accessed in our classrooms or by distance / online learning. Our newest program is the:

Target Certificate Program
- take four compulsory courses and choose five electives and get a certificate in horticulture in:
Landscaping
Environmental Horticulture
Production in the Controlled Environment
Field Production
Agronomy and Horticulture
Floristry
 
GROW WITH US
Workshops
Throughout the year, we offer specialty workshops and Prairie Master Gardener classes and events at the community level. Any one from any walk of life, and with any level of knowledge is welcome to attend! All classes and events require registration in advance as well as full payment.
If you, or any one you know, would like to register, please call SSH, at 306-931-GROW(4769), or email us at growyourfuture@gmail.com.

Coming Up Soon:

          Floral Design Level I - November 18, 2017
          Floral Design Level II - December 2 & 3, 2017


For complete details, please scroll down to UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES. See you soon!
 
 
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Join our e-mail list today! Please fill out and return the E-consent Form and return to SSH.
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ABOUT US
Prairie Master Gardeners are people from all walks of life who have one great commonality -- a love of gardening. Since 1989, Master Gardeners have been helping to change the gardening world across North America. They are trained volunteers that share their knowledge and skills with their local community.

Our group is made up entirely of volunteers committed to offering educational, enjoyable and affordable gardening programs to the general public and to those registered in the Prairie Master Gardener (PMG) program. We range in experience from people who have never planted a seed to people who have forgotten more about gardening than most of us will ever know.

Though our home base is in Saskatoon, Prairie Master Gardeners live and garden in many parts of the province and beyond. 

Anyone can join the Prairie Master Gardeners.  If you want certification as a master gardener; you must meet certain requirements which include required classes and volunteer work.  There is no deadline of any sort.  You progress at your own pace.  Classes are open to anyone who is interested in gardening or in a particular aspect of gardening.     
*** You do not need to be a Master Gardener to take classes! ***
 
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES
All classes and events are open to everyone! No membership required!
Please contact the Saskatoon School of Horticulture to register.
We accept e-transfers, cash or cheque for payment.



UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Dates are now set and new, fun, educational activities are available for registration!!!
Register now by calling 306-931-4769 or by email to growyourfuture@gmail.com.
We need your contact information, an email address and full payment needs to be received to confirm your attendance.

FLORAL DESIGN LEVEL I
      November 18, 2017 - 9am to 4pm

Learn the basic concepts of floral design and gain the necessary skills to begin work in the floral industry or just make your life better by living with flowers. This is an introductory class that can open doors in the industry, or advance your skills to astound your friends and family at home! Completion of this class is required to move upwards through Levels II and III and further through funerals and weddings floral design. 

During this intensive one day session you will design four different floral pieces to take home. Each participant is asked to bring a sharp knife and secateurs.
Cost: $472.50 (includes GST and all fresh floral materials)


FLORAL DESIGN LEVEL II
    December 2 & 3, 2017 - 10am to 4pm

Advance your skills with exciting new ideas in design. Practice these skills each day and take home your five finished designs as well as body flowers. Each participant is asked to bring a sharp knife, secateurs and a pair of wire cutters.
Cost: $682.50 (includes GST and all fresh floral materials)

 

 
UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS

Event dates are now set and available in the PDF below! We look forward to seeing you there!
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Garden Party!
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HOW TO BECOME A PRAIRIE MASTER GARDENER

You can gain certification as a Master Gardener if you wish. Our program is designed to suit your personal needs.  You may join the program at any time and take the classes in any order you wish.  Classes are informative and enjoyable and will keep you current with all aspects of the gardening world.

To certify you need to:
There is a one-time $50.00 registration fee.  Cost of classes is $25.00 per class for members - $35.00 for non-members plus a materials fee if required.

Please refer to the document below for more details on your new endeavor!
 
Learn how to become a Prairie Master Gardener and have fun while growing your best plants!
become-pmg.pdf
 

Wasps

The buzz in the garden right now is wasps! This tells me that we have recently reached late summer and the savvy insects that have to overwinter outside are already beginning to prepare. During late summer wasps prefer to dine on protein and will also become more aggressive.

Wasps serve a role in the food chain as they rid the garden of many pests. Sometimes it is hard for us to remember their worth but they are important. They belong to a large diverse group of insects that prey on other insects. Their major food source is eating other bugs – flies, caterpillars, grasshoppers and a host of other backyard pests. They belong to the Vespidae family or the colonial wasp. There are only three types of colonial wasps in North America: yellowjackets, paperwasps and the Bald-faced hornet.

There is of course no magic solution to avoiding wasps at this time of year – except of course to stay inside which is really not a solution at all. However, try to avoid wearing sweet scents when working outside as that will definitely attract wasps. If you are noticing a large number of wasps then it is likely that there is a nest nearby. Usually, a huge abundance of wasps is generally due to some human factor….like the preference to enjoy summer and eat outside. Barbeques, picnics and outdoor get togethers easily provide a great food source for wasps – one that they do not have to search for! Crumbs, spilled juice, bones and a variety of other food-like garbage provide easy pickings for wasps.

If there is an abundance of wasps then it is time for some detective work. IT is relatively easy to watch where the wasps are flying to determine the location of the nest. Wasps will generally only fly within about 300 m of the area they frequent. Once the nest is found, the choice is yours whether to eradicate it or not. If you choose to rid the garden of these critters then there are a number of sprays on the market that work well. Please follow all directions carefully. One solution in areas that the humans frequent is to use a bait or a trap. There are a variety of wasp traps on the market, some which are really quite beautiful. If you choose to make your own it is relatively easy. Use a plastic pop bottle and pour a bit of fruit juice, leftover food or ripe fruit as a bait in the bottom of the bottle.

If you do happen to get stung, wash the wound with soap and water. Treat the wound with ice, meat tenderizer or a freshly cut onion to help destroy the venom. Anti-histamines are a good idea as they reduce symptoms of pain and swelling. Rest and do not drink alcohol. Ensure that you seek medical attention if the sting is close to the mouth or throat or if you have an allergy to stings.


Hanbidge is a horticulturist with the Saskatoon School of Horticulture and can be reached at 306-931-GROW(4769); by email at growyourfuture@gmail.com or check out our website at www.saskhort.com
Tune into Blue Sky on July 29th for Plant Line. Patricia Hanbidge will be on air to answer all your gardening questions.

Register now for distance courses leading to a diploma or a certificate. Study with us or study in the comfort of your own home! Please contact us for further information or visit our website at saskhort.com
Let our team of experts help you to create the outdoor living area of your dreams. Our team of educated and skilled experts can build or renovate your new or existing landscape. Including decks; gazebos; sunrooms; solariums; retaining walls; fences; irrigations systems; and regular maintenance.
Target Certificate in Horticulture Program.....learn from the comfort of your home and gain the skills and education to work in the field of horticulture. Graduates from SSH are recognized by the industry as superb additions to help their horticultural business grow!

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