The Master Gardener Training Program Information
How Can I Become a Massachusetts Master Gardener?
A Certified Massachusetts Master Gardener is a member of a large, like-minded community dedicated to volunteering in horticulture and gardening. Master Gardeners share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with each other and the public. Becoming a Massachusetts Master Gardener requires the successful completion of a 14-session horticultural course followed by a 60-hour supervised internship.
All application and waitlist slots are closed for the 2022 hybrid model which runs January 11 through April 19, 2022.
What Are the Benefits to Becoming a Massachusetts Master Gardener?
Benefits of Massachusetts Master Gardener membership include the following:
Networking with other Master Gardeners
Participating annually in dozens of MMGA-sponsored no-cost/low-cost continuing education classes, workshops, field trips, and visits to members’ and project gardens
Supporting local communities by learning from and working in MMGA-approved public and non-profit organizations' gardening sites, where Master Gardener volunteers provide free hands-on support
Recommending community fairs, plant sales, and other events for a free Ask-a-Master-Gardener or Soil pH Testing table staffed by Master Gardeners
Learning how to be a compelling, informative speaker by joining our Speakers Bureau and presenting lectures on favorite topics to garden clubs and other organizations
Attending bi-monthly Associates Meetings which include horticulture presentations, organizational and member news, and time to socialize with fellow Master Gardeners
Receiving monthly member-written newsletters that cover a wide variety of topics
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for upcoming Master Gardener Courses will be announced through the free MMGA monthly e-newsletter, The Dirt. To sign up to receive this e-newsletter, please click here
CLASS TOPICS, VIRTUAL UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Botany - Part 1
Botany - Part 2, includes nomenclature
Soil Science - Part 1
Soil Science - Part 2, includes soil testing, composting
Perennials and Natives
Weeds and Invasive Species
Entomology and Pests
Following the successful completion of the classroom course, which includes passing both the midterm and final exams, students will begin their seven-month internship from April 24 through November 30, 2022.
Student-interns must complete 60 hours of volunteer work, with at least the minimum number of hours in each category below:
Gardening: Working in at least three of our 40 project gardens in central and eastern Massachusetts under the supervision of a Certified Master Gardener – 12-24 hours.
Helpline: Volunteering at either the Elm Bank Helpline or Tower Hill Hortline – 12-24 hours.
Outreach: Completing outreach activities such as Ask-a-Master-Gardener booths at farmers markets and autumn agricultural fairs – 8-24 hours.
Continuing Education: Attending continuing education programs – 6-12 hours.
MMGA Administration: Participating in MMGA administrative work such as serving on a committee, attending Associates Meetings, or volunteering at our annual Massachusetts Gardening Symposium – 6-8 hours.
REQUIREMENTS: STUDENTS MUST:
Be a Massachusetts resident.
Attend all classes.
Have a desktop or laptop computer; tablets and smartphones will be insufficient for class participation.
Have a Gmail account to facilitate access to the MMGA portal and Google shared drive.
Complete assigned reading and homework assignments.
Pass the take-home, open-book midterm and final exams.
Pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sex Offender Registry Information) check as Master Gardeners often provide programs that may include children.
Feel comfortable using email, searching internet websites for information, and sending electronic documents. Homework and handouts are distributed electronically.