MG Program

Botanical Latin – is the language developed for the naming and description of plants. This entertaining workshop is designed for those who have no knowledge of class Latin. Understanding Botanical Latin will assist you when selecting plants for your landscape.

Common Plant Diseases – Learn how to identify common diseases found in the landscape. Disease life cycles, prevention and control will be discussed.

Communications – Master Gardener – As Master Gardeners we’re often visible in the community sharing our horticultural knowledge with other gardening enthusiasts. This course will give the students the tools to hone their verbal and written communication skills.

Garden Fundamentals – Learn the science of gardening! Understanding basic horticulture will help answer many common gardening problems and will help you to become a better gardener. Learn the basics of soils, climate, plant nutrition, botany mulches and watering. Garden Fundamentals includes lecture, discussion, slide shows as well a hands-on activities to aid student understanding and give practical skills to use outside the classroom. Day 1 – Soils for Horticulture; Day 2 – Applied Botany for Gardeners.

Identifying Insects in your Yard & Garden – Learn how to differentiate one insect from another and to determine which insects are beneficial and which are potentially harmful.

Internship for Master Gardener – This internship provides students with hands-on experience to develop skills acquired through the course workshop series. Credit is based on successful completion of a minimum of 40 hours in one year, of relevant volunteer work experience.

Master Gardener Theory – This course focuses on the theory behind the hands-on courses. After a period of self-directed study, students write an open book exam based on ACC’s reference text for Master Gardener, ‘Sustainable Gardening’ and material covered in previous courses. It is recommended that students purchase the textbook when they commence the program.

Safe Use of Pesticides and Alternatives – Safe and intelligent pesticide practices minimize harm to you and the environment. This course covers pesticide formulations, toxicity, persistence, labelling and safe practices. Prevention is always the best defence so pesticide alternatives are discussed.

Tree & Shrub ID – This course focuses on trees and shrubs commonly used in landscape design. Students will work with live plant material to observe specialized plant features that help distinguish each species.

Assiniboine College Academic Policy for students:

Should a student not attend classes they have paid for, they would have to take the course again and pay the tuition price. If someone misses ½ of the Garden Fundamentals they would receive in Incomplete or No Pass grade for the course because it is a single course broken into two days, there is no option in the system to allow for partial credit/attendance of the course to roll over to the next year.

If a student has an extenuating circumstance come up we will work with them on a case by case basis to come up with a solution, but for that, we need to know as soon as possible when something does arise.

For someone who has paid for the course but has to cancel, here is the Assiniboine College refund Policy (A20 Registration, Adding and Dropping Courses). All of our academic policies can be found here:

Call 1.800.862.6307 ext 6028 – 204.725.8700 ext. 6002  or email  for more information.

Contact info:
Brad Hack
Assiniboine Community College
Co-ordinator, Job Skills & Industry Certifications
204-725-8700 ext 6162



University of Saskatchewan offers 2 courses online which can be taken in conjunction with the courses offered at Assiniboine Community College.

Master Gardener Courses online:   Click here

Master Gardener Bursaries:

Steinbach and Area Garden ClubFred Kaita Master Gardener Bursary