Educational Resources

The Massachusetts Master Gardeners get involved in our communities in many ways. There is a program suited for your garden club, youth group, or to help you with your own gardening.

Speakers Bureau

As part of its educational mission, the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association maintains a Speakers Bureau of Certified Massachusetts Master Gardeners available to speak to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools and other groups on a wide range of topics, including gardening, horticulture, landscaping, and the environment. Speakers are subject matter experts in their chosen topics, as well as trained presenters. The Speakers Bureau also offers a limited number of demonstrations and hands-on workshops. 


The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is available to answer your gardening questions. In partnership with two of Massachusetts’s most respected horticultural organizations – Massachusetts Horticultural Society and New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill – certified Master Gardeners staff two free Helplines. 

Gardening Know-How Series

The Gardening Know-How Series, offered online, is geared to the general gardening public. It is designed to share fun and informative how-to’s that enable attendees to successfully complete seasonally-relevant gardening tasks. The series is held four times a year, corresponding to the upcoming seasons. Topics are presented by Certified Master Gardeners who are subject matter experts. There are live Q&A periods with the speakers, and handouts and other resources are provided. 

Home Gardener Boot Camp Program

The Home Gardener Boot Camp – offered online for two hours/one weeknight evening per week, for 10 weeks – is a new, improved, more practical program for home gardeners who want to help their gardens thrive by digging deeper into the “hows” and “whys” of horticulture. Boot Camp is held once per year in mid to late winter, just in time for the new gardening season. Information is presented in a way that is easily understandable to less experienced gardeners while including enough science-based background to be useful to everyone. 

Outreach Booths - "Ask a Master Gardener"

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association will set up and staff an outreach booth at a variety of horticultural events, including farmers markets, seasonal town fairs, and agricultural fairs. They will help answer horticultural questions, have hands- on events for children and answer questions about the Master Gardener organization. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at

Community Gardening Programs

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is available to help community members build, maintain, and work in various community gardens. This includes, but is not limited to, historical gardens, town gardens, and nonprofit organization gardens. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at

Teaching Gardens

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association works with various school and teaching gardens in eastern Massachusetts. We work with children of all ages to plant, care and harvest vegetables. Teachers use the garden as hands on learning for various educational subjects. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at

Soil pH Testing

Whether you are an organic or a nonorganic gardener, a soil test is an easy way to make certain that your soil is in shape for whatever you want to grow in your lawn and gardens. Soil tests save you money. How much fertilizer (and what type) do you need for the best lawn? How much lime should you add to make your garden flowers happiest? Do you need those micronutrients that some products promise to provide? Knowing exactly what you need means not spending money and time putting down products that are not necessary – and might be detrimental − to the good health of your property.

The Soil pH Testing Team of the Massachusetts Master Gardeners will come to your event and test the pH.