Master Rain Gardener

Master Rain Gardener

Master Rain Gardener is a certification program focused on rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and installation. The Master Rain Gardener (MRG) course will provide design standards and the knowledge-based skill set necessary to install rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems on a residential scale. Rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems offer residents and landscape professionals with a management tool for flooding on property, erosion prevention, incorporation of native plants and backyard habitat into the lawn, and the establishment of a low-irrigation landscape. The Master Rain Gardener program is a hybrid, multi-week curriculum allowing self-paced online learning modules, hands-on field experience, and a two-track option to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

This class is applicable towards 18 CEUs for ASLA members, 10 continuing education credits for SC Master Gardeners, & 20 hours of renewal credit for educators through the SC Department of Education. Questions about CEUs can be directed towards

The online portion of the course will begin on September 18, 2023. Online course content will include:

• Rain garden site assessment, soil analysis, design standards, construction, plant selection, design elements, maintenance, and more.
• Rainwater harvesting system sizing, pre-filtration devices, component considerations, water use and safety measures.
Online coursework includes hands-on components that provide participants with the opportunity to apply practices learned.

The Certification Trackis intended for contractors, landscape designers, landscape installers and other professionals who will install residential-scale rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems for pay. In order to achieve certification, individuals must complete four modules (one week each) of Master Rain Gardener online course content, attend a full-day, in-person training and pass the course exam. Recognition as a certified Master Rain Gardener can serve as a marketing tool for professionals. The Certification track is open to residential audiences who wish to participate in the field day. The field day will take place October 17, 2023 in the Charleston, SC area; participation in the field day is a requirement of Certification.

The Letter of Completion Track is intended for home gardeners, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalist, teachers and residential audiences. Attendance in the field day is not included in this track. In order to receive a Letter of Completion, individuals must complete four weeks of Master Rain Gardener online course content, complete hands-on class assignments and receive a passing grade in each of the four module quizzes.

Early Bird Special – 5% off (prices calculated as follows) - offer valid until midnight July 17, 2023.
Letter of Completion $185.25
Certification $280.25 - FULL

Regularly priced registration begins July 18, 2023, and is open until midnight September 9, 2023.
Letter of Completion $195
Certification $295