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Who We Are

The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational mission of promoting good and sustainable gardening practices. We are volunteers who have graduated from an academic training class and have completed service hours working with the public to advance our mission.Individuals who complete this training and service are then certified as Master Gardeners. Although members participate in activities throughout Western Massachusetts, the organization is divided into three sub-regions: Berkshire County, Upper Valley, and Lower Valley which organize activities and volunteer efforts in their respective regions.

Master Gardener programs exist throughout the nation and are typically associated with a state university. Our program originated at the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Massachusetts. In 1989 due to funding limitations, the program was discontinued at UMass. We have been operating independently since then thanks to a very dedicated group of program graduates.  Our ranks continue to grow.

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Become A Master Gardener


The Master Gardener program will allow you endless opportunities to enhance your knowledge and expertise as well as to meet fellow gardeners from throughout Western Massachusetts. You will also discover rewarding service and learning opportunities as you assist people with good and sustainable solutions to their gardening problems and challenges.


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What We Do

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is committed to serving the community through public education and service. Find us at local farmers markets answering gardening questions. Look for us tending area community and non-profit groups' gardens.


Ask A Master Gardener

PHONE HOTLINE: Call the Hotline with your gardening questions at any time: 413-298-5355.  WMMGA Master Gardeners will answer your questions and call you back! Please leave your name, your question, your phone number (or email address), and the best time to reach you on the answering machine any day of the week. We will call you back when we have an answer to your question.


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