PRAIRIE MASTER GARDENER
Upcoming Fun & Learning Opportunities!

SPRING KICK OFF - Saturday, March 16 * 9am to 4:30pm * Potluck lunch

SPRING FLORAL SERIES
Take one, or all three! (This series can be taken in lieu of Level I Design)
7-9PM - Friday, March 22, April 4 & April 18


FLORAL DESIGN WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Level I
- March 2   Level II - April 27&28   Level III - May 4&5

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....
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!
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
LOCATION

All classes and events are held at our location on Saskatoon's north end!

Unit 1A 415 51st Street East

Hope to see you soon!

Comprehensive Review of Diploma Program Completed
A comprehensive review of the face-to-face and distance 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!
 
GROW WITH US
Events & 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:


     SPRING KICK OFF
        2 Half day workshops and potluck lunch! - Saturday, March 16
        Hobby Greenhouses & Starting Seeds

     FLORAL DESIGN WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
        Level I - March 2
        Level II - April 27&28
        Level III - May 4&5, $850

     SPRING FLORAL SERIES
     Take one, or all three! (This series can be taken in lieu of Level I Design)
        Hand Tied Bouquet - Friday, March 22 , 7-9pm
        Cottage Garden Arrangement – Thursday April 4, 7-9pm
        Spring Garden Arrangement - Thurs, April 18, 7-9pm

 
For complete details, please scroll down to UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES. See you soon!
 
 
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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.

SPRING KICK OFF

Whether you are new to growing, new to growing in the challenges of Canadian climate, or just love to grow, we invite you to spend a fun filled day learning and sharing about growing veggies and flowers!

The day will consist of TWO workshops:

Hobby Greenhouses: We will look at how anyone can create an ideal growing space in their own home garden/yard. We will look at sustainable, low-input options for your hobby greenhouse, from DIY style to the fancy and sparkling!

Starting Seeds: What better is there to play with in the depths of winter than soil and seeds?! We will look at the seeds we can start indoors to get a jump on spring and aid in an earlier, more successful harvest! You will leave with some planted seeds to get a jump on spring!

The day will also include a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share! It is sure to be enjoyable for all!

Deadline for tickets is March 12.

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.ca or via e-transfer to growyourfuture@gmail.com

 

 

FLORAL DESIGN WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Level I - Learn the basics! You will design three floral pieces to take home.  March 2, 10am to 4pm; $250

Level II - Advance your skills and wow even yourself!

April 27&28, $650

 Level III - Take your design skills and kick them up a notch using unique flowers that will make your designs spectacular!

May 4&5, $850

 

SPRING FLORAL SERIES

Take one, or all three! (This series can be taken in lieu of Level I Design)

Hand Tied Bouquet - Friday, March 22 , 7-9pm

Cottage Garden Arrangement – Thursday April 4, 7-9pm

Spring Garden Arrangement - Thurs, April 18, 7-9pm

$85 per class, or all three for $250

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.ca or via e-transfer to growyourfuture@gmail.com



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.
Payment can be submitted via e-transfer to grouwyourfuture@gmail.com.

 
UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS

Event dates are now set and available in the PDF below! We look forward to seeing you there!
pmgworkshops-printerfriendly.pdf, jmg-kids-camp-2018-reg-form.pdf, garden-days-party-invite2018.pdf
 
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
 

Solitary Bees


There is much interest in the activities of bees lately. Cereal and seed companies have jumped on this band wagon and in retail outlets, bee hotels are a hot commodity. However, buyer beware as instead of helping bees to survive and rise in numbers, some of these products may be helping the already declining population to decline even further.

There are over 350 species of solitary bees in Saskatchewan and there are many plants and crops that rely on these bees for pollination. These species of bees do not live in hives as honeybees do but instead tend to nest in small cavities of decaying wood.

Due to habitat loss and even further depleted areas of native grassland, these solitary bee species are under threat. There is also a lot of pesticide use in the province which also is contributing to declining numbers of bees.

Anything we can do to increase suitable habitat would help to change the ability for more bees to survive. Planting wildflowers in your landscape that will attract solitary bees is a good start. Species like bergamot, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, purple prairie clover, smooth aster and yellow evening primrose will all help to attract these tiny little critters.

Building a bee house will also help to create good habitat for these bees. It is really simple to do this yourself. A wooden box that is open to one or both sides filled with blocks of wood or small logs with holes drilled that are 10 cm deep and in a variety of diameters ranging from 2 to 10 mm is as complex as it gets. Ensure you remove any residual sawdust and face the house in the sun facing east or south with no vegetation in front of the house. It is a good idea to place them at least a metre above the ground.

The care the bee house needs is minimal. If birds are attacking the tunnels then simply attach a piece of chicken wire across the front of the house to protect the bees. In winter, the house should be placed in a dry, unheated shed or alternatively protect the entrances with a piece of plywood or heavy tarp. The pupae that are overwintering in the house need to be cold but dry for the winter months. If at the end of the summer you still have cells which have remained in a walled-up condition, these cells will be dead and should be removed and destroyed.

These solitary bees might include bumblebees, mason bees and even leaf-cutter bees and they prefer to make individual nest cells for their larvae. However, by building a "bee house" it allows them to colonize in one area. This will benefit the amount of pollination you will get in your garden simply be creating a suitable habitat for solitary bees. These solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive and also often are predators of smaller insects.

Please do not hop on the latest lucrative bandwagon and purchase most of the commercially made bee houses that are available. Many of them are expensive, and sadly inadequate for the bees as they do not provide sufficient protection from wet weather and prairie winters; the hole size is too large and have splinters inside; there is no solid back wall so are simply open-ended wind tunnels or may be of a material which causes condensation and the growth of moulds.


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

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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