Why Become A Master Gardener? What are the benefits?
The answers are many. Students in the Master Gardener Training Program receive extensive horticultural traing, and volunteer in a variety of areas under the guidance of experienced Master Gardeners. Students graduate as fully certified Master Gardeners and benefit from the collective experience and wisdom of other gardeners – that of our own members, of our peers across Massachusetts and throughout the country, and of professionals in all areas of horticulture and environmental science. But the benefit mentioned most often by Master Gardeners themselves is simply becoming part of a large community of like-minded individuals with whom they can share knowledge and experiences.
Becoming a Master Gardener also helps to support our affiliates, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) at Elm Bank in Wellesley (where we are based), the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and New England Wild Flower Society as well as the gardening community in general.
MMGA provides its members with the opportunity to serve the public through educational outreach at fairs and events throughout eastern Massachusetts. Much more horticultural information is made available on the Fact Sheets and Links pages of this website. Master Gardeners also receive quarterly member-written newsletters that cover a wide variety of topics.
Yearly dues allow the organization to offer outstanding continuing education opportunities for its Associates. MMGA hosts regular, bi-monthly meetings that include horticulture presentations, organizational and member news, and time to socialize with fellow Master Gardeners. Special continuing education presentations are offered for novice and experienced Master Gardeners that cover a wide range of topics including soil science; growing organically vs. using chemicals; fertilization techniques; vegetable, fruit, flower and water gardening; landscape and garden design; turf; garden pests; and much more.
If you would like to be part of this growing community, MMGA provides a top-notch training program for potential master gardener candidates.
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