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					                                                                                                             Newsletter • Fall 2008

                                                     University of Saskatchewan
                                                     Master Gardener Program

 In this Issue                                       Project of the Year
                                                     It is our distinct pleasure this year to award the Master Gardener Project of the
 Sara Williams                                       Year to the students at City Park Collegiate. With their involvement in the local
 Receives Award                               3      community, elementary schools across the city, and Habitat for Humanity, the
                                                     students at City Park Collegiate have learned a great deal about horticulture
 HortWeek 2008                                4      and community. U of S Master Gardener Don Shepherd is the Horticulture and
                                                     Landscaping Coordinator for the school and a large part of this ambitious
 News from the Office                         5      project, please see his story below. We encourage anyone with extra seeds or
                                                     supplies to donate them to this worthwhile project! – Vanessa Ross Young
 How to become a                                     I would like to thank the U of S Master      hanging racks for baskets, propagation
 University of                                       Gardener selection committee for             beds for perennials, improving our
 Saskatchewan                                        selecting our City Park Horticulture         indoor growing area, and developing
 Master Gardener                             5       Program as the Master Gardener Project       planting areas in different areas of
                                                     of the Year for 2008.                        the school.
 Orchids: The Untold Tales                   6       At City Park Collegiate, all of our Grade    The goal at City Park is to keep interested
                                                     nine students take Horticulture each         students involved in Horticulture year
 Volunteer Opportunities                     7       spring. Students in Grades 10, 11 and        round. Because the horticulture classes
                                                     12 have the option of taking more            are only offered each spring, this often
 The Saskatoon                                       advanced classes in Horticulture each        means cooperating with other classes to
 Horticulture Society                        8       spring. The focus with all of our classes,   do activities. Our Woodworking classes
                                                     including horticulture, is to use a hands-   have made signs and sign holders,
                                                     on approach to allow the students to         worktables and benches, decorative
 CASS Program                                8
                                                     learn by doing.                              garden ornaments and a variety of
                                                     Once they have completed their classes,      planter boxes. Our Welding classes
 Gardenscape 2009                            8                                                    recently converted an old canoe trailer to
                                                     the students will have gained sufficient
                                                     knowledge and skills in horticulture to      a custom gardening trailer that allows us
                                                     pursue a career or for their own personal    to take and have various supplies and
                                                     yards. Over the past few years some of       tools on job sites. Our Graphic Arts
                                                     our students have used this experience       classes have made various signs. In the
                                                     toward successful work placements at         past Sheet Metal classes have made
                                                     local greenhouses and flower shops and       some metal trays and various tools and
                                                     by doing landscape maintenance.              our Sewing classes made work aprons.
University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener Program
     Centre for Continuing & Distance Education      The greenhouse at City Park Collegiate       In addition to project and classroom
477 Williams Building, 221 Cumberland Avenue North   was built about six years ago as part of     work, we try to take the students on
                Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3                our school Work Education program.           educational tours to the University of
                                                     Over the past several years we have          Saskatchewan Greenhouses, The Mendel
              master.gardeners@usask.ca                                                           Conservatory and The Zary Memorial
                                                     made various improvements including
                                                     adding planting benches, irrigation,         Garden along with other display areas
                                                                                                  in the community.
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                                                University of Saskatchewan
                                                Master Gardener Program
Project of the Year Continued...
This past year we have had several            soybeans were tried this past spring.        then divide and prepare them for use in
projects on the go. For our compost           The students then take these bedding         the Habitat for Humanity yards. This
project, we regularly collected material      plants to 22 different schools where they    year we were very fortunate to get a
from the school cafeteria, staff rooms and    are planted in a variety of places ranging   donation of topsoil from ALL PRO as
cooking classes to make compost for our       from simple planters to large planting       well as a donation of a used rototiller
Habitat for Humanity Project and school       beds. When possible we try to work           and wheelbarrow.
                                              co-operatively with students at these        During the construction phase of the
                                              schools but other times we will take on      Habitat projects, we have worked with
                                              the planting on our own. Each year we        some of the homeowners to co-
                                              have gone to a different elementary          operatively complete the construction.
                                              school to help some of their students pot    This involved removing clay and other
                                              up flowers for Mother’s Day. Bedding         unwanted materials, installing edging,
                                              plants are also used at our Habitat for      putting in new topsoil, mixing in
                                              Humanity homes. Each spring we also          compost, levelling and, of course,
                                              give plants to the residents of our          planting. Sometimes this has been a
                                              community around City Park or students       challenge due to weather and other
                                              may take home a variety of bedding           school/student activities.
                                              plants or perennials for use in their own    We have been self-sufficient the past
landscaping sites. We put together an         family’s yards and containers.
indoor display at City Park during the City                                                several years due to our Annual Plant
Park Community Art and Craft Show. We         We also grow native plants from seeds        Sale. Students sell any plants that were
also planned, prepared the site, and          gathered at Brightwater Science and          not used at other schools or at our
planted a vegetable garden in a student’s     Environmental Centre by elementary           Habitat projects. This gives the students
home. In the fall, students rake leaves       students. Once the plants are                some experience in the areas of sales,
and do yard work at the school and at         established, our students plant them         promotion and marketing. Any profits
Clinkskill Manor as part of our Grade         back at Brightwater.                         from the sale go toward our Habitat for
eight and nine Volunteer Work                 The main focus of our Senior classes         Humanity project, purchasing supplies
Experience Program. Also each fall we         (Grades 10 – 12) is landscaping for          for future years, upgrading our tools and
have the students take cuttings to            Habitat for Humanity homes. Each spring      supplies, or making general
get some early starts in the spring.          we attempt to develop two properties.        improvements to our greenhouse.
Students also planted a number of bulbs       Initially, the students meet with            In future years we hope to establish a
to enhance our school beauty in the           homeowners to plan and develop a             location were we can grow a number
early spring.                                 design for their yards. Once we have         of smaller shrubs as well as increase
During the winter, interested students        come up with a workable plan, we work        our perennial inventory to be able to
are kept busy maintaining a variety of        alongside the homeowners to                  better enhance the Habitat for
houseplants and cuttings at the school as     implement this plan into their yard.         Humanity projects.
well as planting bedding plant seeds. We      Preparing planting beds, removing rocks,     Should you know of any project that will
converted an unused room in the school        putting in lawn edging, and working in       allow our students to gain a greater
into a planting room with grow lights, a      the compost are some of the initial          experience in any landscaping/
water supply, some storage areas and an       activities the students do.                  horticultural project, please do not
office. This past year the students started   For plantings, we presently focus on         hesitate to contact Don Shepherd at City
about 12,000 seeds. Petunias, tomatoes,       perennials and annuals due to the cost       Park Collegiate 306.683.7550 or email at
peppers, dianthus, herbs, alyssum,            of materials. We obtain most of our          shepherddo@spsd.sk.ca
zinnias and marigolds have been our           perennials through donations and we          Don Shepherd
most popular but we usually try a few         often go to the homeowner’s properties       Horticulture/LandscapingCoordinator,City
new items each year. Peanut and               to assist in removing the perennials. We     Park Collegiate

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                                                University of Saskatchewan
                                               Master Gardener Program
Sara Williams Receives The Prairie Garden
Award for Excellence– Gwenna Moss
Please join us in congratulating Sara Williams for this well deserved recognition! Sara has long been a part of the University
of Saskatchewan’s horticulture education programs. In addition to her many other experiences detailed below, she founded
our Master Gardener Program and currently leads workshops with us throughout the year. – Vanessa Ross Young
                      The Prairie Garden Award for Excellence was      Horticulture Certificate Program
                      presented to Sara Williams of Saskatoon        • Newspaper, Magazine, Radio and Website Outreach
                      at a luncheon in Winnipeg on Friday,           • Workshop Resource Person, presenting literally hundreds of
                      September 25, 2008. The award recognizes         workshops throughout Saskatchewan and, since retirement,
                      “an individual or group making a significant     throughout the prairie region
                      contribution to the advancement and/or         • Award-Winning Author
                      promotion of horticulture on the Northern      Volunteer Work and Organizations
                      Great Plains. Areas of involvement may         Sara is a member of and has been an officer of a number of
include community activity, plant introduction or breeding,          horticultural organizations. She is currently a Board member of
preservation of horticultural sites, teaching, research, extension   the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.
or photography.” The Prairie Garden is published annually by a
volunteer committee consisting of about 20 or so members who         Sara is a volunteer with Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park and
are based in Winnipeg and can be reached online at www.              related organizations (Friends of the Forestry Farm House and
theprairiegarden.ca. The award is a cheque for $1,000.00 along       the Zoo). As a volunteer she helped initiate two special gardens at
with a suitably inscribed memento.                                   the Forestry Farm: the Robin Smith Meditation Garden and the
                                                                     Heritage Rose Garden, and is still involved with both of these
This award recognizes Sara’s many contributions to horticulture      putting in hundreds of hours in work bees to maintain the
in the Great Plains region. Sara grew her first garden as a Peace    gardens. She has written a history of the Forest Nursery Station.
Corps volunteer in Tanzania where she taught school for two
years after completing a B.A. in English and History from the        As a volunteer Sara developed and worked in a horticultural
University of Michigan in 1963. After moving to Saskatoon, Sara      therapy program for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and
became interested in horticulture, earned a Bachelor of Science      with mental illnesses. Sara initiated Gardening at the Zoo (a
in Agriculture in 1987 (with Great Distinction) and received the     horticultural education program), a partnership of the
Western Canadian Society for Horticulture Gold Medal. She            Saskatchewan Perennial Society and the City of Saskatoon.
completed a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Extension       Sara’s awards include the Saskatchewan Centennial Leadership
in 1997. In 1989 Sara was appointed as the Horticulture              Award, 2005; several awards for program excellence from the
Extension Specialist with the Extension Division, University of      Canadian Association for University Continuing Education; two
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Since her retirement in 2001 she has        Saskatchewan Book Awards for Creating the Prairie Xeriscape;
been active in a wide variety of horticultural activities.           and the Distinguished Extension Award, Canadian Society of
As the University’s outreach specialist in horticulture, Sara        Extension.
focused on developing programs that would support                    Sara’s Plans for the Award
Saskatchewan gardeners and enable them to grow the best              Sara’s award of $1000 will be put to good use in Tanzania to help
gardens possible. In doing this she made use of a range of           build a dormitory for girls at a school where Sara sponsors a
extension methods – developing courses, both in-person and           student through the Canadian Harambee Education Society.
distance-delivered; writing; offering credit and non-credit
programs; newspaper and magazine writing and engaging in             If you want to honour this recognition of Sara’s work, you can help
radio programs. Sara put into action her belief that University      with her dormitory project by donating to this Canadian
Extension specialists should be present in person throughout         charity. Information can be found at www.canadianharambee.ca
the province. Significant contributions include:                     (mark your donation for the Sara Williams dormitory project), or
                                                                     contact Sara directly for more information at sara.williams@usask.ca.
• Founding Editor, The Saskatchewan Gardener /The Gardener
   for the Prairies                                                  Gwenna Moss is a Professor Emeritus of the Extension Division
• Initiating and managing the Saskatchewan Master Gardener           (now the Centre for Continuing & Distance Education), University of
   Program (now renamed the U of S Master Gardener Program)          Saskatchewan and is living in Winnipeg, MB.
• Contributing to the development of the Prairie

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                                                University of Saskatchewan
                                                Master Gardener Program
HortWeek 2008
– Vanessa Ross Young
“Grow With Us” was the theme for our                                                             classes: without your attendance, we
program and HortWeek 2008 definitely                                                             wouldn’t have a HortWeek but more
showed us you did! We’ve been working                                                            importantly without your enthusiasm to
hard this year to update and expand the                                                          learn, it wouldn’t be as much fun! To our
program and judging by the attendance                                                            instructors: thank you for sharing your
and enthusiasm of our gardeners at                                                               expertise with us. Judging by the
HortWeek this year, our efforts have                                                             evaluations and my observations, you
been well received.This year was my first                                                        once again managed to inspire us. To the
HortWeek as program coordinator and I                                                            people at the office: so much goes on
enjoyed every minute of it. Between                                                              behind the scenes, thank you for
organizing and instructing, the week                                                             working so hard to make HortWeek
was full of activity. By Friday I was                                                            happen. And lastly, a big thank you goes
exhausted (as I know many of you were                                                            out to all the volunteers who helped
who spent the whole week with us) but I                                                          make HortWeek a success, without you it
was so looking forward to doing it all                                                           just wouldn’t be the same!
over again, I’d already started planning
for next year!

                                              Angie Skiba’s Hypertufa Pots class is
                                              always a favorite!
                                              Gardener Don Shepherd. They have a
                                              fantastic program there, you can find out
                                              more details on it in the article in this
                                              newsletter. To top off the evening, Sara
                                              Williams shared her experiences
                                              returning to Tanzania this summer.                 Lyndon Penner leading a workshop about
                                              Listening to her stories and looking at            Dwarf Trees & Shrubs.
                                              the glorious pictures on the slides, I
Robin Adair teaching the Tree and Shrub ID    think many of us were ready to hop on a            As we continue to grow, feedback from
class how to identity trees using specimens   plane by the end of the night.                     you is important. I was fortunate enough
from Patterson Garden.                        I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all         to be able to talk to many people during
                                              the people that helped make                        the week and they have given us many
For me, the highlights of the week were       HortWeek such a success. To our                    suggestions for the next HortWeek
leading the workshops and attending           gardeners and those who attended                   experience – renewing previous events,
the banquet. I love to teach and have                                                            adding new activities and encouraging
had the pleasure of teaching people                                                              us to keep their favorites. Thank you so
from Kindergarten up through to                                                                  much for the advice, we really do
University but the enthusiasm to learn                                                           appreciate it. If anyone would like to add
shown by our Gardeners is tough to                                                               his or her suggestions to the list, please
beat, it is also infectious! I had several                                                       email me at master.gardeners@usask.ca
of our new instructors comment                                                                   or call Bev at the office at 306.966.5749.
they left feeling the same.                                                                      Vanessa Ross Young is the Coordinator of
After a delicious supper at this year’s                                                          the U of S Master Gardener Program.
banquet, we had the pleasure of
awarding the Master Gardener Project of
                                               Despite the heat, gardeners are enjoying a free
the Year to the students at City Park
                                               guided tour of the U of S garden plots.
Collegiate, instructed by U of S Master

                                                                                                                     Fall 2008

                                             University of Saskatchewan
                                            Master Gardener Program

                                                              How to become a University of Saskatchewan
 News from the Office                                         Master Gardener
                                                              1. A registration fee of $100 covers the home study portion of
Though we don’t have any fall workshops scheduled in
                                                                the program.
the coming months we will be busy planning for next
year, finalizing the new distance education packages,           The home study course material includes a program text which
reworking our website, and investigating                        covers soils, climate, plant nutrition, propagation, pests, turf,
opportunities to bring the U of S Master Gardener               woody ornamentals, landscaping, vegetable and fruit
program into more communities. January’s newsletter             production, houseplants and greenhouse gardening. At the
will be full of all the details on our progress or, if all      discretion of the student, a take-home, OPEN BOOK exam will
goes well, check the website in mid-November to hear            be completed based on material in the program text.
the details first!
We have split Pesticides & Diseases from a full day class     2. Complete seven workshops delivered by trained specialists:
into two half day classes: Safe Use of Pesticides &             • Botanical Latin
Alternatives and Common Plant Diseases. Several                 • Communications (exempt for those in the
people have already taken the Plant Diseases class at              teaching profession)
HortWeek 2008. The Pesticides class has been                    • Garden Fundamentals: Workshop material includes:
completed for distance education and, at the time this               • Soils for Horticulture
newsletter goes to print, is nearly ready for release so it          • Basic Plant Science
should be available soon. Both classes will be offered          • Identifying Insects in Your Yard & Garden
face-to-face in the future as well.                             • Safe Use of Pesticides and Alternatives
Just a reminder that those in a teaching profession             • Common Plant Diseases
may be eligible for exemption for the Communications            • Tree and Shrub I.D.
class. Please contact us for details.                           Botanical Latin and Garden Fundamentals are now available
                                                                through distance education. Students will be required to
                                                                complete and submit an assignment for marking before credit
Recently Certified Master Gardeners                             is given for the course.
Congratulations on a job well done!

   • Norm Waters                                              3. Fulfill a 40 hour volunteer service commitment within
                                                                 your community.
   • Betty Ingvardsen
   • Lenore Linton                                            You will be considered a University of Saskatchewan Master
   • Marilyn Emann                                            Gardener Trainee until you have fulfilled the requirements. Once
                                                              you become a Certified University of Saskatchewan Master
   • Karen Loewen
                                                              Gardener, the community volunteer commitment becomes 20
   • Maureen Hovdebo                                          hours annually and attendance at the Midterm Break is expected
   • Pat Beaulieu                                             once every three years.

New U of S Master Gardener name tags are
available for $12.50 including shipping. To get
yours, please contact us for more information at
306.966.5749 or master.gardeners@usask.ca.

U of S Master Gardeners - Join us at our Meet and
Greet in Regina at Dutch Growers, 3320 Pasqua
Street on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm.

                                                                                                                              Fall 2008

                                                 University of Saskatchewan
                                                 Master Gardener Program
Orchids: The Untold Tales
– Lyndon Penner

I have been growing orchids for a              idea about this orchid. Shallowly rooted     10-12” tall and flowering for about six
number of years now, and it never              and usually found growing in spaghnum        weeks. A mature plant can produce up
ceases to amaze me how diverse and             in cool northern bogs or spruce              to 10 blossoms per stem and they flower
fascinating this genus of plants actually      meadows, this plant is gorgeous              very profusely. They are EASY to grow
is. Orchids are found on every continent       although never flashy or attention           and widely available from specialist and
and quite literally grow in every country      getting. You would have to really be         mail order suppliers. Preferring a well-
in the world. When we think about them,        looking for it to find it, and it is         drained, humusy soil in sun or light
however, we often think of them                                                                     shade, Bletilla grows from tiny
as being something from the                                                                         pseudobulbs and blooms well
florist or we think of the most                                                                     even from a very young age. The
popular kinds such as                                                                               light green, arching leaves are
Phaeleonopsis or Cymbidium.                                                                         distinctly ribbed and the lovely
The world of orchids doesn’t                                                                        blossoms (which resemble tiny
stop there! Most people think of                                                                    Dendrobiums) are usually
orchids as being tropical plants                                                                    magenta or pink in color. Bletilla
and while certainly many of                                                                         striata is the most commonly
them are, a goodly number of                                                                        grown species, but there are a
them are also terrestrial and                                                                       few of them and even a number
native to cold parts of the world.                                                                  of hybrids have been developed.
In my foraging and eager                                                                            There is also a white flowered
attempts to grow everything at                                                                      form (which is pretty but didn’t
least once, I have developed a                                                                      grow for me) and a variegated
love of some lesser known                                                                           one as well.
orchids. A few of them have                                                                         Bletilla is hardy to about zone
chosen not to yield their secrets                                                           5–they can survive temperatures as cold
and we have yet to be able to cultivate        uncommon to begin with. Should you           as -10 when well mulched but they
them. Some of them I admire from afar,         be lucky enough to find one,                 couldn’t be considered prairie hardy.
some of them I am actively growing or          photograph it! The blossom is fragrant       They are, however, excellent in pots, and
attempting to grow, and a few of them          and they are pollinated by bumble bees.      as they tend to bloom better when they
are merely entries on the “desires” list. In   A few years ago, Canada Post even            are a bit crowded, this makes a happy
the limited space currently available to       immortalized this lovely native flower by    solution. When they are fully dormant,
me, I’d like to take the time to introduce     featuring it in a series of orchid stamps.   simply bring your pots of Bletilla into the
you to a few that have caught my               Sadly, the dragon’s mouth is not             cold storage room for winter and start
attention.                                     something that can be cultivated. We         them up again in spring! This plant was
The fabulous dragon’s mouth orchid             simply cannot create the right               one of those happy discoveries I just sort
(Arethusa bulbosa) is actually the only        conditions in a garden setting to be able    of randomly encountered. I had read
species in its genus. It comes from the        to grow it. Professional growers have        briefly of them, and when I found some
northeastern United States and Canada          found it to be short lived and               small ones for sale at a garden show I
and can be found from Newfoundland             temperamental even under ideal               bought a few. They were lovely. I was
all the way into Saskatchewan, although        conditions…so it is one of those things      totally hooked and I would highly
the further west you go in its range the       that should be sought out and admired,       recommend them. They are common at
rarer it becomes. Growing only 6-12” tall      even if you can’t grow it!                   garden centres in Victoria and Vancouver
and flowering in late June, the dragon’s       Moving onto something that you can           but I have been told they are very prone
mouth is aptly named–the single pink           grow, has anyone ever grown Bletilla?        to damage by slugs and snails.
flower is shaped much like a dragon’s          This is a lovely small genus of orchids      (Fortunately that is not a problem for me!)
mouth! Imagine a snapdragon that went          that are native to China and Japan. They
to charm school and you will have an           are delicate and small plants reaching

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                                               University of Saskatchewan
                                               Master Gardener Program
Finally, I am very interested in Calanthe.   pretty flowers that can be white, light      issues. I simply cannot wait to be able to
This is a large and beautiful genus of       pink, golden yellow, lavender, green, or     try growing these! I’m sure they’ll be
orchids from cold regions in Asia.           randomly bicolored depending on the          addictive. I’m sure I’ll end up growing
Officially, they are hardy to about zone 7   species. They are frequently fragrant and    hordes of them. They’ll be expensive and
but they have never really been trialed in   they also work well as cut flowers. They     hard to find, too. Now, I just need to find
any parts of North America. Chances are,     spread rapidly, they are extremely           somebody to sell these plants to me and
they are much hardier then previously        showy, and they bloom for an extended        I’m set!
believed. There are so many species of       period of time. They like a fertile,         Lyndon Penner instructs for the U of S
Calanthe that there must be at least a       humusy soil with good drainage and do        Master Gardener Program and gardens in
few of them that would be hardy on the       best in partial shade. They make             Calgary, Alberta. He would be interested
prairies! I would highly encourage you to    excellent companions for hostas,             in hearing from anyone who is growing
get out there and find some. I have a        bleeding hearts, and ferns as they enjoy     Calanthe on the prairies. Email him at
number of species on my “want” list and      similar conditions. They are still rare in   silverbloom04@hotmail.com.
am just looking for a source that could      North America, but not surprisingly, they
supply them. Growing only a few inches       are gaining in popularity. They will
up to two feet tall, the many kinds of       benefit from being fed while actively
Calanthe produce short spikes of very        growing and have no real pest or disease

Growing Community: Volunteer Opportunities
U of S Greenhouse Volunteers                 Childrens’ Gardening Club
The U of S Master Gardener Program is        The City of Saskatoon Greenhouses on
looking for volunteers to assist with        Avenue P and 33rd Street lease a 1000 sq
plantings at the greenhouse from time        ft greenhouse to a group of volunteers
to time. If you would like to put your       who run a gardening club for local
name on the list to be called when your      school kids. Currently about five schools
assistance is needed, please contact us      are using the facility and classes come
at 306.966.5749 or email                     once a week to do age appropriate
master.gardeners@usask.ca                    gardening activities including seeding,
                                             taking cuttings, growing cat grass, herbs,
                                             lettuce and any other fun and
                                             educational gardening activities that
Parkridge Centre Volunteers                  you would like to offer. The teacher
                                             accompanies the class and sometimes
Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon is a long      has volunteer parents to help or the
term care facility for people of all ages.   volunteers can work in teams. The
They require gardening volunteers to         project runs from October to mid March.
come in and help keep their community        If you are interested in volunteering
green. If you are interested, please         some time for this worthwhile project
contact Leah McKenzie at 110 Gropper         please call Sharon Leach, Greenhouse
Crescent, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 5N9             Supervisor, 306.975.2546
or call 306.655.3828 or email                or email sharon.leach@saskatoon.ca

         If your organization wishes to canvas for volunteers, please submit an ad to
                      master.gardeners@usask.ca or call 306.966.5749.

                                                                                                                           Fall 2008

                                             University of Saskatchewan
                                            Master Gardener Program
Scholarship Funding
                                                                                          Gardenscape 2009
The Saskatoon                               CASS Program                                  Gardenscape 2009 will be held
                                                                                          on March 27-29, 2009.
Horticulture Society                        The U of S Master Gardener Program
The Saskatoon Horticulture Society          is registered with the CASS Program           If you are interested in helping to
(SHS) offers a scholarship(s) known as      (Canadian Agricultural Skills Service).       build a U of S Master Gardener
the Butterfield Scholarship to complete                                                   display garden or to help conduct
                                            To see if you are eligible for                presentations for local school
the Master Gardener Program. Funds          assistance with the cost of the U of S
will be distributed to the successful                                                     kids for the Little Green Thumbs
                                            Master Gardener Program and the               school tour program, please
applicant(s) in the form of                 workshops or for more information,
reimbursement of the initial                                                              contact us by mid November. We
                                            please contact 1.888.887.7977 or              will have many many other
registration fee for the home study         check out their website at www.
course and each of the seven required                                                     volunteer opportunities
                                            agriculture.gov.sk.ca/APF-Renewal,            throughout Gardenscape, stay
workshops completed.                        click on Programs/Services and then           tuned for details!
The scholarship objectives are to           scroll down to Canadian Agricultural
encourage interest and participation in     Skills Service (CASS).
horticulture and to mentor new
directors who will commit to volunteer
service in the Saskatoon Horticulture
For requirements and further                       Newsletter Submissions
information contact:                               Gardeners–send in your tips, interesting articles, volunteer
Marj Meger at 306.249.1329 or                      opportunities, book or tool reviews, short stories, and horticultural
wmeger@sasktel.net or                              photos and we may include them in upcoming newsletters. This is a
                                                   great way for Master Gardeners to earn volunteer hours!
Connie Lynch at 306.242.6159 or
greenline.ent@sasktel.net                          If you have any other suggestions, would like to send in your
                                                   contribution or suggest someone for us to interview, please call
                                                   306.966.5749 or email master.gardeners@usask.ca.
                                                   Submissions for the next newsletter are due by December 15,
                                                   2008. We would love to hear from you!

      University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener Program
      Published by the Centre for Continuing & Distance Education
      This Newsletter is published quarterly.

      Please send correspondence to:
      University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener Program
      Centre for Continuing & Distance Education
      Room 477 Williams Building, 221 Cumberland Avenue North
      Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3


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