In the summer of 2008, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Master Gardeners formed an independent non-profit entity called the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, Inc. As such we have volunteer projects throughout the eastern part of Massachusetts and have strong affiliations with several organizations where we regularly volunteer. Our first and oldest affiliation is with Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) at Elm Bank. Our base of operations for the MMGA organization is at Elm Bank and we provide the volunteers to take care of the beautiful gardens there. We also staff the Mass Hort Help Line and info information booths at Mass Hort events.
We are also affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. (GCFM) working with them at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, Blooms and Amateur Horticulture competitions.
We also have established an affiliation with Tower Hill Botanic Garden operated by the Worcester County Horticultural Society. We staff their Help Line and contribute volunteers for working in the gardens and for children’s outreach events.
Our newest affiliation is with New England Wild Flower Society at Garden in the Woods in Framingham. We have volunteers working in the gardens and in the stock beds and as docents giving tours of the gardens. We also have volunteers working as Plant Conservation Volunteers in the field monitoring endangered species populations and participating in activities to remove invasive plant species.
Master Gardeners also volunteer time at many area gardens at historic properties as well as supporting youth education in school vegetable gardens.