Want to Be a Master Gardener? Entrance Exam September 25!

Passionate about gardening? Passionate about volunteering?
Toronto Master Gardeners might be just the group for you.

The first step in the annual recruitment process is a no-charge entrance exam to assess your basic gardening knowledge. The only test date this year is September 25. There’s no fee or registration required.

  • 7 pm, Monday, September 25
  • Toronto Botanical Garden
  • 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie
  • Free parking.

Upon passing the test, you will participate in a personal interview to assess your commitment to public service and volunteerism – critical to success as a Master Gardener.

As a successful recruit, you will begin your apprenticeship in January 2018. That’s either 2 or 3 years as a Master Gardener in Training, depending on how long it takes you to completes the educational requirements.

Those educational requirements include completing courses from the University of Guelph Open Learning or Dalhousie University. If you already have a solid horticultural background, you may have the option of writing a certification exam.

All Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners in Training must fulfill annual volunteer obligations, some of which include:

  • Provide at least 30 hours of approved volunteer service;
  • Attend a minimum of four Toronto Master Gardener monthly meetings;
  • Undertake approved continuing education activities.

Volunteering as a Master Gardener is educational, fun, and personally rewarding. For even more information, contact training@torontomastergardeners.ca.