Course Description

Our Master Gardener courses are online, independent study courses. Students work at their our pace and have 6 months, per course, to complete all assignments and quizzes. Students have six months to complete the course, but your schedule for completion is up to you. Students who are most successful with this approach to learning are those who are self-directed and self-disciplined.

Maintaining the Garden is a web-based distance education course and is part of the Master Gardener Training Program. Garden maintenance is an inescapable fact of having a garden! You will learn what to do, why you do it, and how to do it. By understanding these principles, you will be able to take the best approach to the problem at hand.

Course Outline

This course will give you the upper hand in getting the garden that you want. You will examine common gardening practices - looking at what they are, how they are done and why. You will develop environmentally sound strategies to manage weeds, insects and diseases in your garden.

Topics include:

  • Gardening Techniques and Tools
  • Weeds and Weed Control
  • Plant Health
  • Pests
  • Pruning


Technical Requirements: Internet (High Speed preferred). Reliable computer/laptop device. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word for submitting assignments. 

Course Dates: Courses start three times a year, October 1st, November 15th, and February 1st. The registration deadline is one week prior to the start date of each course.

Number of Courses: Students are to take ONE course at a time per intake, unless otherwise approved by Extended Learning.

Refunds: Course refunds are eligible up until the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, there are no course refunds.


It is recommended that the Master Gardener Program Courses be taken in the following order:
  1. The Science of Gardening
  2. Maintaining the Garden
  3. Plant ID and Use
  4. The Art of Gardening

Recommended For

Anyone who has a passion or interest in gardening in your backyard or community.

Anyone interested in working towards becoming a Master Gardener within the Master Gardener Association of Alberta.

Anyone looking to expand on their gardening knowledge.


"I really enjoyed this course! This helped me to deeply understand a lot of what I already knew, handed down information from Grandmother, Mothers... a validation"

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Enrol Now - Select a section to enrol in
Section Title
Maintaining The Garden- Alberta
Online - Self-Paced
Feb 01, 2023 to Jul 31, 2023
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $446.00
Section Notes

Registration deadline is January 25th, 2023!

Tuition is refunded if a course is cancelled by Extended Learning. Tuition is also refunded if the applicant notifies Extended.learning@dal.ca in writing prior to the registration deadline for the course or program. Tuition will not be refunded after the registration deadline.

You will receive an email from Extended Learning 2-3 days before your course begins with respect to your login information for Brightspace (our Learning Management System). All course materials, content and resources are housed on Brightspace.

This course is considered a non-credit course.  Therefore, it does not qualify for a T2202 during tax time.

Required fields are indicated by .