About the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association

Master Gardeners are ready to help you with your gardening problems. Whether it is unusual insects infecting your favorite tree, brown leaves on plants, tomatoes with splits, acid soil, or compost that won't smoke, we can give you guidance in solving your gardening dilemma.

The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is a non-profit organization. It is comprised of trained Master Gardeners who must graduate from a demanding study program and volunteer many hours of working with the public to receive a Master Gardener Certificate. Our program originated at the Cooperative Extension Service of the State University System. In 1989, the program ended at UMass due to funding problems, and a dedicated group of graduates organized and continued the program independent of the University.

As a volunteer association, our primary goal is to share gardening knowledge and skills with the public.


Garden clubs, hospital groups, scout troops and schools call on us to lecture and present programs on various garden and plant topics. If your group would like a Master Gardener to speak to your organization or group, e-mail  us  for more information.

Master Gardener Training

Applications have been closed for our 2011 training class.  The next class will be in January, 2013.