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! ***
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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:
complete six core classes and two elective classes
submit a volunteer log of at least 40 hours
complete a certification project
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!
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 email@example.com
or check out our website at www.saskhort.com
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