2018 Master Gardener Training Course

2018 Master Gardener Training Course


Massachusetts Master Gardener Association


The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is comprised of amateur and professional horticulturists with a mission to promote horticultural knowledge to the public through volunteerism. MMGA Master Gardeners become trained and certified through an intensive training program.  The Master Gardener Training course (MGT) consists of fourteen classroom and lab modules, including soil science, botany, entomology, plant pathology, pruning and propagation. Courses are conducted by both academic and industry professionals. The MGT course is offered at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank, in Wellesley, MA and at the Worcester Horticultural Society‘s Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Students can choose the location that better suits their needs when registering.

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 bulk of hands-on work to be 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 22th 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 complete a 60-hour volunteer apprenticeship. The apprenticeship serves as the hands-on learning segment of the course. Apprenticeship work may begin at of the start of class and must be completed by one week prior to graduation (See Guidelines for Master Gardener Student Volunteering). Homework and handouts will be distributed electronically.

Students are expected to have access to and be familiar with email, Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf files), and to receive and send pictures in jpeg format. This year, in an effort to streamline and improve communication, we will be utilizing the Google Suite for all class documents and communication. A gmail address will be required for you to best access the information. If you do not currently have one, you can easily set one up prior to class:

Gmail set-up information HERE

To apply for the 2018 MGT course, please submit your application and a $25 non-refundable application fee to the MMGA Class Registrar (address included on application if you are mailing a check instead of paying online). Applications sent after January 30th MUST be accompanied by a $25 late fee.

Full tuition and materials fee ($550 plus $150) are due upon acceptance. For questions or further information, please email one of the MGT Coordinators:

Wellesley, Elm Bank – Steve Shaw, trainingeast@massmastergardeners.org

Boylston, Tower Hill, Cheryl Monroe, trainingwest@massmastergardeners.org

The applications for 2018 are posted below.  If you have any questions about the registration process, email Melinda Rayburn Smith at mgtraining@massmastergardeners.org.  Please include your name, email address and the program (Elm Bank or Tower Hill) in which you are interested.

Download Registration Form 2018      (for mailing)

Online Registration For Tower Hill Location

Online Registration For Mass Hort (Wellesley) Location

Master Gardener Student Apprenticeship Requirements 2018