Manitoba Master Gardener Association


Master Gardeners are individuals who are passionate about gardening.  We are part of a vast international non-profit Master Gardener organization.  Master Gardeners are a respected group of horticultural persons educated and certified through accredited universities or colleges.  Experienced in gardening knowledge, we love to ‘pass on our knowledge’ through various mediums such as seminars, workshops, tv/radio appearances, info booths or helping organizations begin gardening programs.  The volunteer opportunities are varied and rewarding. We want to help the gardeners of Manitoba be inspired and motivated in the joy of gardening. The Manitoba Master Gardener Association was formally organized in 2011 as a supporting and networking body for Master Gardeners in Training as well as Certified Master Gardeners in the Province of Manitoba.  The concept of the MMGA began in July, 2010 when a group of Master Gardeners recognized  the need for a central organization to facilitate communication between Master Gardeners in Manitoba.



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Master Gardener Bus Tour
Glorious Gardens of Western Manitoba

Brandon – Birtle – Neepawa
Saturday, August 6th, 2016 
Cost: Members: $25.00 Guests: $35.00     Public is Welcome!

Food and beverages are extra and you can bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food at local vendors along the way.

Our destination is Birtle where Val Thomson has created a garden that has been written about by a number of publications – Gardens West, Gardening Life and most recently a photo of the sunken rose garden on the cover of 2014 The Prairie Garden. This garden has evolved over 20 years and features English garden borders, a sunken rose garden with rock garden, a sunken Mediterranean garden, formal herb garden, zen garden and a labyrinth in the expanse of grass behind the wild flower garden where you can take a meditative walk.
We will also be visiting a couple of other gardens near Birtle.

Pat Farquhar built a fenced potager where a combination of flowers and vegetables are grown in a design. There is a peony garden, a perennial bed that flows into a shade garden, and a country garden down by her pottery studio.

Elly Sotas has a garden plus a costume barn and western village in the loft of a 1922 barn.

In Brandon, we will stop at the Daly House Victorian garden which is a Master Gardener project.

In Neepawa we will stop at Glenda MacPhee’s garden – Gardenview Farm, where you will find an herb garden, a rose garden, orchard and several mixed perennial gardens.

This is an all-day tour, leaving Winnipeg at 8:00am and returning at 8:00pm.
Travel in the comfort of a luxury air-conditioned bus with reclining seats, DVD/TV monitors, free WiFi in Canada, AM-FM stereo and PA system, 110 volt plugs for portable devices throughout the bus and washroom facilities.

For further information contact: Shelley Walker at: or 204-257-1327

Reserve your seat today!!  We need to know by July 29th so we can finalize the details of our plans.
Pay via PayPal by contacting:
Send cheque to: Teresa Lopata, 51 Greene Ave., Wpg. MB R2K 0L2

Interested in being a Master Gardener?
Orientation Session is September 27, 2016

Location:   Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Pavilion Drive, Winnipeg, MB
7:00pm in the Foyer
Contact us for questions you may have:


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Fruit Share

Don’t waste the abundance of fruit in your yard this year! From rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, saskatoons, cherries, apples, pears and others. Sign up with Fruit Share’s Fruit Connect to have your fruit picked and shared. 1/3 for the home owner, 1/3 given to a community organization and 1/3 kept by the pickers. Just $10.75 a year entitles you to register your fruit to be picked and also to pick fruit at other locations in your area.

Join Now! Click the link. Fruit Connect for more information and to sign up.

Gold Metal for Chelsea Flower Show’s first woman of colour, Juliet Sargeant

Juliet hopes the success for her Modern Slavery garden will help spur a huge increase in diversity in horticulture.  The central black courtyard has a single oak tree planted in it which is a symbol of hope.  The concept of the darkness of slavery behind closed doors.
More garden photos.




2nd Place – Innovation Category
Canadian Master Gardener Conference
April 8 to 10, 2016
How-To Gardening Videos






Honourable Mention – ImagineAbility




Gardeners Gone Wild

Gardening Conference in Grand Forks, N.D. – July 28 to 30, 2016

North Dakota State Horticultural Society & North Dakota Extension Master Gardeners

These two organizations have teamed up to provide a unique, joint horticultural conference in Grand Forks. The focus will be on pollinators, rain gardens and many other topics of interest to gardeners of all experience levels.

Keynote Speaker: Heather Holm  –  landscape designer and consultant specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations. Holm studied horticulture and biology at the University of Guelph and for the past 20 years, has worked as a horticulturalist and landscape designer in the Great Lakes and Mid-America regions. She also writes about pollinators and beneficial insects for Houzz, a home and garden social media website.
For more conference information contact:
Janell Martin


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The Prairie Garden 2016 Edition:  Fruit and Berries

The 76th edition brings gardeners exciting plant options for the Prairies, with fruits and berries featured.  Edible gardening is currently extremely popular.  The 2016 edition of The Prairie Garden will amaze readers with how successful and diverse the current choices for fruit and berry plants are for gardeners on the northern prairies.  Beautiful full-colour photographs are featured throughout.  To purchase a copy send your request with a cheque or money order for $22.45 (taxes and shipping included) to:  The Prairie Garden, P.O. Box 517, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2J3.  Orders may also be placed by visting:  ;  telephone:  204.388.5340 or by email:


Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners in Training (MGIT)

Association members:   access volunteer opportunities on the Member Login page frequently.  Postings are arriving weekly.

To all Manitoba Garden/Horticultural or Garden related organizations!!
This website is a great opportunity for your organization to post or advertise 2015/16 meeting schedules or events on our Resources section under Garden Club News.  To submit please send your information to:     We look forward to helping you advertise your event.

For all inquiries contact