WMMGA Members Page


Events listed on this page are open to members of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association ONLY!

* Volunteer Opportunities
* Annual Meeting Ballot
* Annual Meeting Announcement
* County Meetings
* Other Events of Interest
* Treasurer's Forms
* Our Stuff
* Resources
* Grapevine

Volunteer Opportunities

E-Mail Hotline - Volunteers always needed to answer e-mail questions. It's easy and fun! Contact Pat Steele-Perkins at 413-568-9353 or e-mail pamostep@mac.com . Frequently asked questions with answers and quick links to frequently used resources are now available on-line at http://www.wmassmastergardeners.org/hotq.htm

Write an article for the web site - for more information read How To Write An Article For The Web Site.

Call in Hotline: During the months of Nov-March we answer the phone remotely, checking for messages and returning phone calls. (Any long distance charges are reimbursed by saving your phone bill and sending a request form to the treasurer) Contact Nancy Flach at 258-4223.

Hotline Co-coordinator: Assist Nancy Flach in the details of keeping the Hotline running.

We need a few good plants: WMMGA Hampden County is working with Wisteriahurst museum in Holyoke to restore their 1914 era gardens. If you are dividing perennials this spring and have extras, contact John Hurley. For a list of plants they are looking for click here. Note, early 20th century varieties are preferred, but more recent varieties can also be used!

Tree House Housing Concept in Easthampton. Tree House Housing is a soon to be built intergenerational low income housing complex that house families with foster children and seniors. The concept is that the seniors will act a surrogate grandparents to the children in the units. Volunteer needed to help Hope Guardenier, noted specialist in teaching children about gardening. There will be space at the Tree House for children's gardens and a great opportunity to educate these children about healthy gardens, families and communities. For more information, Call Ellen Goodwin at 549-1126 or Hope Guardenier at 657-0000.

Garden work:

BBG vegetable garden: Help the Master Gardeners maintain the garden. Contact Susan Pittman 229-8159

The Welcome Garden: a community garden is seeking volunteers to assist new
gardeners in all aspects of planting, and organic approaches. Contact Kathleen Lovell. 567-3089.

The Heirloom garden in Deerfield: garden maintenance Contact Nancy Howell 259-1203

Durfee: Contact Sandy Brown 863-8243

Hampshire County Demonstration Garden: Contact Pam Parsons 584-5024

Speakers Bureau: Liz Wood 267-5433 or elizabeth329@aol.com is always in need of speakers on garden topics. Please provide her with topic (s) you can share, time of day available, and day (s) available. She will set you up with one of the many community groups who contact us for a speaker.

Web Site: The web site is in need of monthly articles on various gardening topics. As of this letter Nov. 2003 was still open. Contact Rae Davis at 625-0168 or margaretraedavis@msn.com

Lifecare Center Memorial Garden - Contact Dave St. Armand 783-6758


The WMMGA needs one or more carousel projectors (Kodak or compatible) and empty slide carousels. Contact your county rep if you have something to donate.

County Meetings: see The Grapevine

Other Events of Interest: see The Grapevine

Treasurer's Forms

Request for Payment

Form for Sending Money to the Treasurer


Check out the NEW USDA hardiness zone map:

Rock Gardens:

North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) www.nargs.org

Specialty Plant Societies

Alpine Garden Society www.alpinegardensociety.org
Cyclamen Society  www.cyclamen.org
Penstemon Society  www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~awolfe/Penstemon/Penstemon.html
American Primula Society www.americanprimrosesoc.org
Scottish Rock Garden Club  www.srgc.org.uk
Species Iris Group of North America www.signa.org
The Androsace Group  www.androsace.org.uk
Saxifraga Society  www.saxifraga.org
North American Dianthus Society  www.geocities.com/


Cornell University Core Historical Literature of Agriculture Website http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/chla
An electronic collection of the most important agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century.

Cornell University Press www.cornellpress.cornell.edu
Gardening Information

Sea Grant New York www.nyseagrant.org
Gardening practices to protect watersheds

Future Master Gardener Conferences

2004 Northeast Regional Master Gardener Conference Baltimore, MD, Oct. 5-9, 2004, www.hgic.umd.edu (click the Master Gardener link)


Cornell Cooperative Extension annotated catalog of popular publications and adiovisuals:

Cornell IPM online catalog www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ipmnet/ny

Information on Giant Hogweed

There has been a lot of news about Giant Hogweed in the press lately. While this is a noxious weed, it is still rare and Master Gardeners should learn how to positvely identify it without touching it. People also need to familiarize themselves with what Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis) looks like, which is also very tall, purple stemmed and has milky sap. The key difference: hogweed is in the Umbelliferae family and wild lettuce in the Compositae - flowers are completely different.

For more information, check out the Giant Hogweed link: http://www.state.ma.us/dfa/pestalert/giant_hogweed.htm

New Books and Pamphlets for the Hotline

Turfgrass problems: Picture Clues and Management Options by Eva Gussack and Frank S. Rossi, PhD.

Ornamental Grasses for the Home and Garden by Mary Hockenberry Meyer and Robert G. Mower

Sequence of Bloom of Perennials, Biennials, and Bulbs Including Height and Color Range by R.G. Mower and R. E. Lee

Common Poisonous Plants by John M. Kingsbury

Know Your plant’s Disease by Juliet E. Carroll

Asparagus  by R.F. Sandsted, D.A. Wilcox, T.A. Zittner, and A.A. Muka

Managing White-tailed Deer in Suburban Environments A technical Guide by Anthony J. DeNicola, Kurt C. VerCauteren. Paul D. Curtis, and Scott E. Hygnstrom

Reducing Deer Damage to Home Gardens and Landscape Plantings by Paul d. Curtis and Milo E. Richmond

Weed Control for the Home Vegetable Garden by Robin R. Bellinder. Roger A. Kline and Donald T. Warholic

Shrubs for Landscape Plantings in New York State by Robert G. Mower

Suggested Practices for Planting and Maintaining Trees and Shrubs by Arthur S. Lieberman and Richard Weir III

The Heirloom Vegetable Garden Gardening in the 19th Century by Roger A. Kline, Robert E. Becket, and Lynne Belluscio

Pruning An Illustrated Guide to Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs by Donald A. Rakow and Richard Weir II

The Homeowner’s Lawn Care and Water Quality Almanac by Eva Gussack and Frank S. Rossi, PhD.

The Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers by Jeanne Mackin