WMMGA Members Page
Events listed on this page are open to members of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association ONLY!
* Annual Meeting Ballot
* Annual Meeting Announcement
* County Meetings
* Other Events of Interest
* Treasurer's Forms
* Our Stuff
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
Request for Payment
Form for Sending Money to the Treasurer
Check out the NEW USDA hardiness zone
North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) www.nargs.org
Specialty Plant Societies
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/
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.
University Press www.cornellpress.cornell.edu
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)
Cooperative Extension annotated catalog of popular publications
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 plants 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 Homeowners 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