Home Gardener

Boot Camp Program

Registration now open.


Online – participate from your favorite chair!

Ten 2-hour sessions – One weeknight per week for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM

January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22 (All dates 2023)

Horticultural science and gardening best practices are constantly evolving. Whether you’re relatively new to home gardening or have been learning-by-doing for years, there’s no time like the present to get grounded in gardening “Hows” and “Whys” across a broad range of key topics.

WHY WE CALL IT BOOT CAMP: In recent years “Boot Camps” have become popular for everything from parkour to yoga to chess and even knitting! The MMGA is not about the latest fads or fashions, but it occurred to us that our program and all these other boot camps share something in common: they are short, focused, and led by subject matter experts. And they help you take a favorite pursuit to the next level by imparting knowledge and skills that you can put to use both immediately and long-term.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Boot Camp is designed for home gardeners at all levels of experience who are looking to up their game. 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. While much of Boot Camp’s content is geared to Massachusetts, gardeners in other lower New England states may also benefit.


  • Fundamentals such as how to build great soil, how plants work, and environmental factors to consider – These important subjects are the foundation of your garden and can make all the difference in your success.

  • Practical how-to’s including ornamental and edible gardening techniques; plant selection and care; “going native”; and combating weeds, diseases and pests.

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),

including a complete list of program topics.

WHO ARE THE PRESENTERS: Sessions are taught by our most senior Certified Master Gardeners who are passionate subject matter experts and trained presenters. They started out as home gardeners just like you, so they know what information will help you the most.

YOUR INVESTMENT AND WHY IT’S WORTH IT: The fee for all ten sessions of Boot Camp is $250, payable online by credit card or PayPal. This averages out to just $25 per session - $12.50 for each of the 20 hours you’ll spend in class.

Here are just some of what makes Home Gardener Boot Camp unique:

    • It’s the only program of its kind taught exclusively by Certified Massachusetts Master Gardeners.

    • Classes are scheduled to align with the start of key late winter/early spring gardening tasks: pruning, working the soil, checking out garden center inventories, etc. So you can dig in with your newfound knowledge right away.

    • Because sessions are live, you will have the opportunity to interact with presenters via a 30-minute Q&A. No relevant questions will go unanswered: If we run out of time, we’ll get back to you with written responses.

    • To provide an ongoing reference, most lectures include handouts, which will be emailed.

Get ready for a great spring!

Put your post-holiday downtime to good use

by attending Boot Camp, January 18-March 22!

Registration for Boot Camp closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, or as soon as limited “virtual seats” are filled. Because this program will only be offered once in 2023, we expect to book up quickly. To avoid missing out, we encourage you to sign up soon.


Check our our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) HERE.

Still stumped? Email BootCamp@MassMasterGardeners.org

Looking for help with seasonal garden care? Consider our Gardening Know-How Series, offered online over a 4-week period, with different topics each season.

The Home Gardener Boot Camp Program does not lead to Master Gardener certification. Classes not available individually.

Refunds for the program must be requested by January 11, 2023. Missed sessions are not refundable, and makeups are not available.

The Home Gardener Boot Camp Program was formerly called the Home Horticulture/Home Hort Program.

Boots image courtesy of Waldorf School of Louisville