Become a Master Gardener

Due to COVID-19,

2020 Master Gardener Training

has been canceled.

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Why become a Massachusetts Master Gardener? What are the benefits?

The answers are many. Students in the Master Gardener Training course (MGT) receive extensive horticultural training and volunteer under the guidance of experienced Master Gardeners. Students graduate as fully certified Master Gardeners and benefit from the collective experience and wisdom of other members, as well as our peers and professionals nationwide. That said, the benefit mentioned most often by Master Gardeners is simply becoming part of a large community of like-minded individuals with whom they can share knowledge and experience.

Master Gardeners also help to support our affiliates including the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the New England Wild Flower Society, as well as the gardening community in general.

Once certified, active MMGA members pay nominal annual dues and commit to 30 hours per year of approved volunteering. Active Master Gardeners enjoy a number of ongoing benefits including opportunities to…

  • Network with other members of the MMGA community who are always willing to advise and collaborate

  • Participate annually in dozens of MMGA-sponsored Continuing Education classes, workshops, field trips and visits to members’ gardens, most of which are free

  • Audit future Master Gardener Training classes, to refresh their knowledge of specific topics

  • Support their community by nominating public or non-profit organizations to host an official MMGA Gardening Site, where Master Gardeners volunteer to provide free hands-on support

  • Recommend community fairs, plant sales and other events for a free Ask-a-Master-Gardener or Soil pH Testing table staffed by Master Gardeners

  • Learn how to be a compelling and informative speaker by joining our Speakers Bureau and presenting lectures on favorite topics to garden clubs and other organizations

  • Attend bi-monthly Associates Meetings which include horticulture presentations, organizational and member news, and time to socialize with fellow Master Gardeners

  • Receive monthly member-written newsletters that cover a wide variety of topics

If you would like to be part of this dedicated, exciting community, the MMGA provides a comprehensive training course. Currently, the Massachusetts Master Gardener Program is only open to residents of Massachusetts, and you must be at least 18 years old to register for this class.

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