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FOUNDATIONS IN GARDENING
Frequently Asked Questions
Course Times & Flexibility
In general, no. You can go at your own pace and on days and times that fit your unique schedule. There are three units of material that open up throughout the moderated course window. We provide a suggested weekly calendar so you can complete all aspects of the course during the moderated course window (September – December). The only “be here at this time” events are our “Q&A with the Experts” webinars. We hope folks can attend live but completely understand that busy adults need flexibility. All the webinars are recorded and posted so everyone can view them when available.
- No, but we recommend that you try to, especially if you’re planning on entering the Master Gardener Program Onboarding course right after. We provide a suggested weekly calendar so you can complete all aspects of the course during the moderated course window (September – December).
- Enrolled students will have until January 15, 2024 to finish up all aspects of the course if they would like to receive an official course completion certificate.
- You have course access until August 31, 2024 and can self-study up through then. All course materials, including the webinar recordings, are available to you.
We recommend planning three to five hours per week (per module). Please note that you may spend more or less time. Webinars and optional online labs may add more time.
We provide a suggested weekly calendar so you can complete all aspects of the course during the moderated course window (September – December). Units containing course content open up periodically throughout the course corresponding with the weekly schedule.
Foundations in Gardening is offered annually in fall.
How the Course Is Taught
Foundations in Gardening uses an online learning platform called Canvas. We call it our “online classroom.” Canvas is where enrolled students access and interact with the course content such as readings, videos, practice exercises and more. In Canvas, you can work on your own and at your own pace.
You’ll read, watch videos, take notes (optional), take quizzes, view webinars and practice the material with short online activities. There’s something for everyone, however you like to learn!
Yes, a course moderator is available during the moderated course period (September-December) to answer questions and help you. You will be able to contact the course moderator through our Canvas classroom and email once the course begins. We are here to support your learning!
You also get to learn from Extension experts and specialists during the Q&A with the Experts webinars.
No! The course is all about your learning. You do not need to worry about grades.
Please note: To register for the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program Onboarding course or to receive an official course completion digital certificate/4 CEUs, you must have completed all aspects of the course.
Manuals ordered by August 14, 2023 (during the Early Bird registration period) are shipped with the expectation they will arrive by the course start date. We cannot control shipping issues that may arise but work with our printer troubleshoot delivery issues. If you have questions or concerns about your manual delivery, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manuals ordered during the regular registration window are not guaranteed to arrive by the course start date. Please note, participants who order a manual during the regular registration window will have an electronic (PDF) version of the manual to use until the hard copy arrives.
If I register for the course only and then afterward wish I had purchased a hard copy of the training manual, can I still do that?
No. The hard copy of the training manual is only available for purchase at the time of registration.
The electronic (PDF) manual is available in the Canvas classroom when the course begins on September 10, 2023. We do not offer a link to the electronic manual before the course begins.
Participating in the optional Foundations in Gardening Labs is a way to learn more and apply what you learn in an interactive, online setting.
Topics covered include interpreting a soil test report, identifying and troubleshooting pest problems, locating and using science-based resources, and pruning.
In each Lab, you will:
- Learn more while engaging with Extension Educators and other participants.
- Dig deeper into Foundations in Gardening concepts by applying them to real life situations.
- Participate in both large and small group activities and discussions.
Labs are held online via Zoom. Zoom connection information is shared with those enrolled in the Labs prior to each Lab date.
For each lab, you can attend the day and time that works best for your schedule that week. For each of the four Labs, there are three dates/times to choose from including: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, daytime and evening choices. For example, you can choose to attend all the labs on Mondays or you could do Lab #1 on a Monday, Lab #2 on a Tuesday, etc. It’s up to you! You do not need to sign up for a specific Lab date/time. You may attend only one Lab per week.
Attend on the day/time that works for you!
Interpreting a Soil Test
|Monday, Oct. 2 |
6:30 -7:30 p.m.
|Monday, Oct. 23|
6:30 -7:30 p.m.
|Monday, Nov. 6 |
6:30- 7:30 p.m.
|Monday, Nov. 27|
6:30- 7:30 p.m.
|Tuesday, Oct. 3|
10- 11:00 a.m.
|Tuesday, Oct. 24 |
|Tuesday, Nov. 7|
|Tuesday, Nov. 28|
|Thursday, Oct. 5 |
Noon – 1 p.m.
|Thursdays Oct. 26|
|Thursday Nov. 9|
|Thursday Nov. 30|
Once you register for the Foundations in Gardening course, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register for the Labs. The link will take you to an external site (Extension Waukesha County) where you will complete registration for the Labs and pay the $40 Lab fee. You must use that link to register.
All four Labs are included in the Lab fee ($40). You cannot register for a single Lab without paying for all four.
Yes. The recordings will be made available to those who enrolled in the Labs.
What if I did not register for the optional Labs and have now changed my mind? Can I still register?
Yes, you can still register until the lab registration deadline. Lab registration is open until Friday, September 22, 2023. Once Lab registration closes, you will no longer be able to register for a Lab.
Lab registration is separate from the Foundations in Gardening course registration process. To find the link to register for the lab, refer back to your course confirmation email that you received after registering for Foundations in Gardening.
Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program
After completing Foundations in Gardening (which we verify), you are eligible to register for the online Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program Onboarding course. Onboarding takes place annually in winter after Foundations in Gardening. It is the second step in the process to become a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener.
Is Foundations in Gardening a required prerequisite for the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program?
Foundations in Gardening is considered an approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program, which is the first step in the process to become a Master Gardener. See the Master Gardener Program website for more details.
The anticipated cost of the Onboarding course is $100.
The only exam you need to take is a part of the Onboarding course. It is open book. It is based on the horticultural concepts you learned in Foundations in Gardening.
We hold an informational webinar (optional) during the Foundations in Gardening course with the Master Gardener Program coordinators so you can get your questions answered. Dates are announced in the course. The webinar is recorded for later viewing.
Registration and Fees
Yes, you can register for the course and order your manual over the phone. Contact our conference registration services at 608-262-2451 for help registering over the phone.
Please note, registering for the optional online Labs is a separate process. To register for the online Labs, you must use the link provided in your confirmation email (which you receive after registering for the course). The link will take you to an external site (Extension Waukesha County) where you will complete registration for the Labs and pay the $40 Lab fee.
- Early Bird: $299, includes electronic version of manual (PDF). Need-based $100 scholarships available during Early Bird registration only. See the course page for scholarship information and to apply.
- Regular: $325, includes electronic version of manual (PDF).
Additional optional add-ons:
- Manual Hard Copy (recommended): $33
Register during Early Bird registration and receive your manual prior to the course start date! Manuals are only available for purchase during registration.
- Online Labs: $40. Please note, registering for the optional online Labs is a separate process. To register for the online Labs, you must use the link provided in your confirmation email (which you receive after registering for the course). The link will take you to an external site (Extension Waukesha County) where you will complete registration for the Labs and pay the $40 Lab fee.
Foundations in Gardening Course: Course cancellations prior to the course start date of September 10, 2023 will receive a refund less $30 for processing. No refunds will be issued after September 10, 2023.
Training Manual: If purchasing the training manual, no refunds or returns after the early bird course registration deadline of August 14, 2023.
Online Labs: Due to the limited availability of the Labs, there are no refunds.
Reach out to us with your specific questions. We look forward to helping you!
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