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

What is the Speakers Bureau? It is a group of Massachusetts Master Gardeners who are available to speak to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools and other groups on a wide variety of topics from the world of gardening, horticulture, landscaping and the environment. Speakers choose the topics in which they feel proficient and offer slide or PowerPoint programs to illustrate their talk. The Speakers Bureau also offers a limited number of demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

Helplines

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 Tower Hill Botanic Garden – trained Master Gardeners staff two free Helplines.


Home Gardening Webinar Series

HGWS is offered three times a year. Each virtual four-session series offers a variety of topics centered around seasonal themes, so you’ll be ready to put your new knowledge to use immediately. Geared to the new and intermediate gardener, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, and many lecturers offer handouts and other resources.


Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series

Home Hort is designed for both newcomers and experienced gardeners who are looking for more

in-depth knowledge about horticulture. Many people who aspire to becoming Massachusetts Master Gardeners (but whose busy lifestyles prevent them from doing so right now) have found Home Hort to be the perfect program. The Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series does not lead to Master Gardener certification.

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 outreach@massmastergardeners.org

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 outreach@massmastergardeners.org

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 outreach@massmastergardeners.org


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.