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. Starting in 2017 the MGT course will be offered at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Education Building, at 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 will be begin in April 2018 and run through October 2018. Classroom training will be held in the Spring and Fall, while hands-on training will be required throughout the growing season (with the bulk of hands-on work to be completed during the summer). In Wellesley, Spring class sessions will be held over seven Thursdays, beginning April 12th thru May 24th, from 9am-3pm. The second session will be held over seven Thursdays, from 9-3pm, beginning on September 13th thru October 28th.  In Boylston the sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 9-3 starting April 10 thru May 22 and in the Fall September 11th thru October 23. 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 expected to complete a 60-hour volunteer apprenticeship (which serves as the hands-on learning segment of the course). Apprenticeship work may begin as 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 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 Jan 30th MUST be accompanied by a $25 late fee.

Full tuition and materials fee ($550 ; $150) are due upon acceptance. For questions or further information, please email one of the  Training Course Coordinators, Steve Shaw, at trainingeast@massmastergardeners.org   or Cheryl Monroe at trainingwest@massmastergardeners.org  .


 The applications for 2018 are posted below.  If you have any questions about the registration process, please send an email to 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