2018 Master Gardener Training Course Requirements

2018 Master Gardener Training Course


The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA) is comprised of amateur and professional horticulturists with a mission to promote horticultural knowledge to the public through volunteering. Master Gardeners are trained and certified by successfully completing the Master Gardener Training course (MGT), which consists of fourteen classroom and lab modules, including soil science, botany, entomology, plant pathology, pruning and propagation. Classes are conducted by academic and industry professionals. The MGT course is offered at Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA and at the Worcester County Horticultural Society‘s Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. As part of the registration process, students can choose the location that better suits their needs.

The 2018 MGT course begins in April 2018 and runs through October 2018. Classroom training is held in the spring and fall. Hands-on training is required throughout the growing season with the majority of the work completed during the summer.

  • In Wellesley, spring class sessions are seven Thursdays, 9am-3pm, April 12th through May 24th. The fall session is seven Thursdays, 9am-3pm, September 13th through October 25th.
  • In Boylston, sessions are Tuesdays, 9am-3pm, April 10th through May 22nd; and in the fall, September 11th through October 23rd.

Both spring and fall sessions are required for all students.

In addition to attending classes, completing reading and homework assignments, and successfully completing take-home exams, students are required to perform 60 hours of approved volunteering. Volunteering begins at the start of the course and must be completed by one week prior to graduation. Homework and handouts are distributed electronically.

Students are expected to have access to and be familiar with email, Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf files), and to be able to receive and send pictures in jpeg format.

The MMGA currently accepts only registrants that reside in Massachusetts.

To apply for the 2018 MGT course, please submit your online application and a $25 non-refundable application fee (payable by credit/debit card or Pay Pal). Applications submitted after January 30th MUST be accompanied by a non-refundable payment of $50 (application fee + late fee).

Full tuition and materials fee of $700 total ($550 + $150) are due upon acceptance. For questions or further information, please email Melinda Rayburn Smith at MGTraining@MassMasterGardeners.org. Emails should include your name, email address, and your preferred program location (Wellesley/Elm Bank or Boylston/Tower Hill).

Links to online applications for 2018 are below:

Online Registration, Boylston/Tower Hill Location

Online Registration, Wellesley/Elm Bank Location