|Master Gardener Program|
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association
Master Gardener Training Course
The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is comprised of amateur and professional horticulturalists with a mission to promote horticultural knowledge to the public through volunteerism. MMGA Master Gardeners become trained and certified through an intensive training program held at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The Master Gardener Training course (MGT) consists of fourteen classroom and lab modules, including soil science, botany, entomology, plant pathology, pruning and propagation. Courses are conducted by both academic and industry professionals. The MGT course is held at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Education Building, at Elm Bank, in Wellesley, MA.
The 2014 MGT course will be begin in April 2014 and run until November 2014. Classroom training will be held in the spring and fall, while hands-on training will be required throughout the growing season (with the bulk of hands-on work to be completed during the summer). Spring class sessions will be held over seven Thursdays, beginning April 10th (and excluding April 24th) thru May 29th, from 9am-3pm. The second session will be held over seven Thursdays, from 9-3pm, beginning on September 18th thru October 30th. Both sessions are required for all students.
In addition to attending classes, completing reading and homework assignments, and successfully completing the take home exam, students are expected to complete a 60 hour volunteer apprenticeship (which serves as the hands-on learning segment of the course). Apprenticeship work may begin as of the start of class, and must be completed by one week prior to graduation (See Guidelines for Master Gardener Student Volunteering). Homework and handouts will be distributed electronically. Students are expected to have access to and be familiar with email, Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf files), and to take and send pictures in jpeg format.