Course Description

A gardening skill-building retreat!

The Master Gardener Summer School is a 5 day course that allows students the opportunity for hands on activities and to meet the instructor from the Master Gardener certificate program! Students who wish to become Atlantic Master Gardeners, this course is a requirement for the certificate. The 5 days are completed in-person, on campus, at the Faculty of Agriculture.

You do not have to be registered in the Master Gardener Certificate Program to participate in this summer school. 

What You Will Learn

This summer school encompasses a week of great learning activities for the classroom and outdoors and is open to anyone with an interest in expanding their gardening knowledge and skills.

Topics include:

  • Plant propagation
  • Planting techniques
  • Pruning
  • Garden maintenance
  • Pests and diseases
  • Troubleshooting plants and gardens
  • Fertilizing, liming, mulching and composting
  • Garden tool selection, use and maintenance


What to Bring: Rain gear, hat, sun screen, water bottle, safety boots/shoes, hand lens, pruning shears, work gloves and camera

Where to Stay:  Campus Residence - Participants can stay on the Agriculture Campus located in Truro, Nova Scotia.  Information on accommodations can be viewed at: stay.dal.ca 

During Master Gardener Summer School, the Annual Conference of the Atlantic Master Gardeners Association takes place. Course fee for the summer school includes a ticket to the Atlantic Master Gardener Association Awards & Banquet on Thursday, July 11th!

Please note: The Master Gardener Summer School includes various hands-on, physically-involved activities, as well as a moderate level of walking the campus grounds throughout the week. Please consider this if you have mobility concerns, and reach out to us with any questions. We are here to help make it work for everyone! 

Recommended For

Anyone and everyone who has a passion for gardening is welcome to take this Summer school! Whether this is a new passion for you or you are looking to fine tune your skills, there is something for everyone throughout the 5 days.

This course is a requirement for those participants in the Atlantic region who are currently enrolled in the Master Gardener Training Program.   

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Master Gardener Summer School
Class - Face-to-Face
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30AM to 4:30PM
Jul 08, 2024 to Jul 12, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $760.00
Section Notes

Summer School course is $760.00. This includes a ticket to the Atlantic Master Gardener's Association Awards and Banquet, on Thursday, July 11th. Accommodations are not included in this price.

Registration deadline is June 28, 2024.  

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

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