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.



Christmas Present Ideas for the Gardener!!



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The Prairie Garden 2016 Edition: Fruits 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 visiting: ; telephone:  (204)388-5340, or by email:



Common Diseases of Urban Prairie Trees – by Michael Allen

Michael Allen, M.Sc.F., is a consulting urban forester, tree diagnostician and an I.S.A. certified arborist.  He owns Viburnum Tree Experts, a Manitoba company that provides objective assessments of the condition and the care required for trees and shrubs on home and business landscapes.
This book will help to narrow the search for the disease problems plaguing your trees by going through the images and accompanying text. This book is an excellent resource book for all gardeners!
Available at local bookstores or contact Mr. Allen email:

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University of Manitoba Online Courses

Do you have an passion for trees and shrubs?  Want to learn more about the health and maintenance of these woody wonders?  With the Manitoba Arborists online course through the University of Manitoba, you can now study tree care from the comfort of your home.  Offered by the school of Agriculture, the course covers tree biology, plant classification and identification, soil science and tree worker safety.

Registration is now open for the next session which begins January 11, 2016.  Don’t delay as registration closes December 18, 2015.  Learn more and register at:

Impatiens Downy Mildew has Arrived in Manitoba!!

If any of your Impatiens walleriana have the traits of the above picture,

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Manitoba Public Gardens to Visit


 Assiniboine English Garden and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Assiniboine Park – 2355 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, MB

 The winding paths and free-form beds of the English Garden are a feast for the senses in every season.  The flowing layout of the English Garden is indicative of the English Landscape style, which sought to convey an idealized but approachable view of nature, as opposed to the regimented symmetry of a Formal Garden.



Beausejour Daylily Gardens

1 Street North, Beausejour, MB  ROE OCO

In 2002 the Beausejour Daylily Gardens became a world-class showcase of 600 daylily cultivars, thousands of iris, peonies, lilies and many ornamental shrubs and trees.  As an AHS and CHS display garden, its purpose is to educate the public and showcase modern daylily cultivars.



Cool Gardens 2015 – Winnipeg, MB
July to September, 2015 Location:  The Forks & Broadway Avenue Areas

Cool gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offer a shift of sensation for the summer–cooling–as a general theme for public presentations in the downtown.  The exhibit aims to bring architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape.  The presentation of the cutting-edge garden designs, places design culture at the centre of summer activities in  Winnipeg  and at the same time, offers a pleasant relief from the summer exasperations.

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Daly House

Daly House Museum, Victorian Gardens

122 18th Street, Brandon, MB

Built in 1882 Daly House is the original house of Brandon’s first Mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly 11.  The underlying theme of a Victorian Garden is man’s conquest over the elements – exemplified by the lawn.  Victorian forbearers sought to create the perfect lawn and then to turn their lawns into outdoor parlours.  The Garden includes plants such as prairie grasses, Manitoba developed roses, lavender and native plants which are drought tolerant.  This will provide an urban ecology for various bird, butterfly and insect species that summer in the Brandon area.


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International Peace Gardens

Located on Hwy. # 10 – 24 km. south of Boissevain, MB

These gardens are located on the International Border in the province of Manitoba and state of North Dakota.  One is free to roam within the garden from one country to the other.  The Peace Garden is more than flowers as it is dedicated to peace and home to informative sites:  Conservatory, Interpretative Centre, Peace Chapel, AAS Trial Plant Gardens and North American Game Warden Museum.   Noted for exquisite landscaping, the garden features a unique 5.5 m/18 ft. working Floral Clock with nearly 3,000 flowers, run by GPS.  The Peace Chapel features three walls of fossil-embellished Manitoba limestone with quotations from “people of peace”.  The September 11 Memorial displays 10 beams from the World Trade Centre in the formal garden.  The International Peace Tower’s height, 35m/120 ft. high, symbolizes the soaring ambitions of the early immigrants arriving from the four corners of the world to Canada and the United States in the 1800’s and 1900’s.  The Carillon Bell Tower sounds every quarter-hour from 14 chimes.



Kildonan Park
2015 Main St., Winnipeg, MB

This park features two gardens – the formal North Garden with it’s beautifully displayed formal gardens and green space entered over a featured bridge.   The South Garden close to the Witch’s Hut, features meandering paths flowing through the colourful flower and shrub beds.   Many benches to sit, relax and enjoy.

A lovely restaurant is featured in the park at the Pavilion – Food Evolution.



Riel House National Historic Site and Gardens

330 River Road, Winnipeg, MB

Riel House is National Historic Site commemorating the life of Metis politician and activist Louis Riel and also the daily life of Metis families in a Red River settlement.  This homestead was occupied by the Riel family until 1969.  Parks Canada purchased it in 1970 and restored to its  1886  appearance.  This property features a kitchen garden and a produce garden.




Living Prairie Museum – Prairie Planting Workshops

For more information.


Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Classes and Workshops for Adults

Information and Registration

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Naturalist Services – City of Winnipeg

Naturalist Services works alongside and assists many stewardship groups throughout the city.  These groups are usually volunteer based and become involved by seeing a need and taking an active role in providing stewardship to a natural area.  Stewardship activities can include planting trees, or other native species, removing weeds or trash, building trails and putting up interpretative signs.  By becoming involved these groups help to protect our natural areas and keep our city clean.

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Manitoba Museum Prairie Pollination Virtual Exhibit

The Manitoba Museum has developed a virtual exhibit aimed at helping the public learn more about pollinating insects and the wild plants they depend on.  The endangerment of pollinators and plants is a topic of concern to many Canadians, and The Manitoba Museum has important collections that help understand this issue.

Tour the wild plant and pollinator gallery to see photographs of important and rare species.  Soon there will be a Plant Spotter App you can download to contribute to the site.  The site contains games and FAQ’s as well as the “Critter Water Colour Gallery”.







Canada’s Plant Hardiness Website

Look up plant hardiness zone by community:

Potential range maps for 6,303 species:

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Daly House Museum, Victorian Garden, Brandon, MB

Request – Daly House Museum is landscaping with heritage perennials.  They are currently looking for two chrysanthemums developed in the 1950’s called Cindy Brandon and Susan Brandon.  Cindy is pink and Susan is a red variety.  If you are willing to share a piece of both or either one,

Please contact:  Brenda   email:


Living Prairie Museum

Living Prairie Museum is now on Facebook:  and Twitter (@LivingPrairie).  Be the first to find out what is in bloom on the prairie, the interesting insects that call LPM home and learn about upcoming events.

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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