PRAIRIE MASTER GARDENER
JMG KIDS CAMPSThe Junior Master Gardener Program is an interactive, innovative program to introduce children to the art and science of gardening!

FUN & LEARNING for AGES 8 to 13!

Hand-on activities!  ~  The world of green & growing!
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
NEW LOCATION

Visit us at our new location
for all classes and events!

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 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
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:


     FUN WITH FLOWERS - January 31, 2018 - 7 to 9pm

     FLORAL DESIGN LEVEL I - February 10, 2018 - 9am to 4pm
     FLORAL DESIGN LEVEL II - March 3 & 4, 2018 - 10am to 4pm

     FLORAL DESIGN LEVEL III - April 27 (4-9pm), April 28 (10am-4pm), 2018

     WREATH & WINE NIGHT - Easter Edition - March 14, 2018 - 7 to 9 pm


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.



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

Jr. MASTER GARDENER KIDS CAMPS
 
The Junior Master Gardener Program is an interactive, innovative program to introduce children to the art and science of gardening! Through this program, our next gardening generation will learn about: environment; plants and how they grow; flora, fauna, soil and water interactions; and much more!
The Junior Master Gardener Kids Camps are geared to initiate a passion for the green and growing, and cultivate that passion with future events and activities in children ages 8 to 13. The campers will engage in hands-on activities to learn about all facets of the world of gardening.
Activities and lessons will be gauged to teach about:

Once each component is completed, the child will have completed one level of the program. To become a certified Jr. Master Gardener, all four levels of the program must be completed along with a component of community volunteerism. One full week of Camp will complete one level of the Junior Master Gardener Program.
The levels of the Junior Master Gardener Program are:
Level 1 – Seed
Level 2 – Leaf
Level 3 – Flower
Level 4 – Tree
Upon completion of all four levels, an individual would be a certified Jr. Master Gardener!
Please return the attached Registration Form as well as full payment to the Saskatoon School of Horticulture to enroll your child in the Jr. Master Gardener Kids Camps!

Please download the registration form below.


FUN WITH FLOWERS

     January 31, 2018 - 7 to 9pm
Enjoy a fun night out and create your own floral masterpiece to take home! Wine will be available for purchase. Please bring a sharp knife and secateurs.
Cost: $65 (includes GST and 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!
pmgworkshops-printerfriendly.pdf, jmg-kids-camp-2018-reg-form.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
 

The Easter Lily

As Easter approaches, the characteristic symbol of the Easter Lily begins to grace our shops and homes. We have long associated this plant with spring and the Easter season. Lilium longiflorum, the Latin name for the Easter lily, is native to the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. The Easter lily is a mark of purity and grace throughout the ages symbolizing joy, hope and life.

Prior to 1941, the majority of the Easter Lily bulbs were exported to the United States from Japan. World War II eliminated the dependence on Japanese-produced bulbs and commercial bulb production shifted to the U.S. Today over 95% of all bulbs grown for the potted Easter Lily market are produced by just ten farms in a narrow coastal region straddling the California-Oregon border. The production of consistent, high quality lily bulbs requires specific climatic conditions, which just happen to exist in this region aptly termed the Easter Lily Capital of the World. The Easter lily bulbs must be cultivated in the fields for three, and sometimes four years, before they are ready to be shipped to commercial greenhouse growers. Throughout that time, the bulbs are never dormant and require constant care and attention to assure superior quality and cleanliness. Each bulb is handled up to 40 times before it is ready to be shipped. The Easter lily bulbs are harvested in the fall, packed and shipped to commercial greenhouses where they are planted in pots and forced under controlled conditions to bloom for the Easter holiday. The cultivar most widely grown today is ‘Nellie White’.

When purchasing an Easter lily, look for high quality plants that are aesthetically pleasing from all angles. Select medium-to-compact plants that are well-balanced and proportional in size - not too tall and not too short. Choose plants with foliage that is dense and plentiful, all the way down to the soil line. As the flowers mature, remove the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed. This gives longer flower life and prevents the pollen from staining the white flowers. When a mature flower starts to wither after its prime, cut it off to make the plant more attractive while you still enjoy the fresher blooms.

In the home, Easter lilies prefer relatively cool temperatures of 18 to 21 C (65 to 70 F). Avoid placing plants near drafts, and avoid exposure to excess heat or dry air from appliances, fireplaces or heating ducts. The lily will thrive near a window in bright, indirect natural daylight. Easter lilies prefer moderately moist, well-drained soil. Water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface feels dry to a light touch, but avoid over-watering. If the pot is wrapped in decorative foil, be careful not to let the plant sit in trapped, standing water. For best results, remove the plant from decorative pots or covers, take it over the sink and water thoroughly until water seeps out of the pot's drain holes to completely saturate the soil. Allow the plant to air for a few minutes and discard the excess water before replacing it back into its decorative pot cover.

It is very difficult to force Easter lilies into bloom a second time. What you can do is plant them outside in the spring and they may bloom again in the fall. They require a location with bright light, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. They need some shelter from extreme heat or wind. They will not survive our prairie winter.

If you do desire a lily for your garden that is quite similar to the Easter lily but Prairie hardy then there are a couple of choices. Lilium longiflorum ‘Snow Queen’ blooms in mid to late summer, is very similar to the Easter lily but has slightly smaller blooms. It generally has three to five blooms per stem. ‘Casa Rosa’ is similar but has blooms that are a nice soft pink colour. They seem to survive our climate for a time as long as there is good snow cover.

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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