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"To Plant a Garden Is to Believe in Tomorrow"

Four consecutive Saturdays, beginning January 16, 2 - 3:30 PM.

These interactive classes, via GoToWebinar, will cover vegetable garden seed selection; composting; insect identification and control; and garden design using native plants to better support pollinators.


Cost: $35.00 for the ENTIRE series. Attending these classes "live" will allow registrants to ask questions of the speakers, but if you can't "attend" any class when it's being presented live, recordings of all of webinars will be available to paid participants through June, 2021.

January 16: A Pathway from Seed to Garden: Getting Ready for Spring Planting

Presenter: Ron Kujawski

A successful vegetable garden depends on many factors and many steps. Ron will take you through the first crucial steps, including: tips for seed selection, jargon used in catalogs to describe seeds, starting seeds indoors, garden soil preparation, and direct seeding and transplanting.


January 23: Composting for Sustainability - What It Is, What It's Good For and How to Make It
Presenter: George Kingston

Compost is a natural fertilizer produced by recycling food and plant waste. When you compost instead of discarding, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your reliance on artificial fertilizers. Learn how to make compost in many different ways that fit everything from an apartment to a farm, and how to use what you make.


January 30: Squish This, Not That! A Fun Bug Guide

Presenter: Ken Conway

A practical and fun guide to bugs to make sure that you don't squish the good guys. Ken will go over some common insects that are accidentally killed because they "look" bad; fun ways to attract predators to eat the “bad” bugs, with ways to attract "good" bugs; and some non-toxic methods to control insects using organic and natural sprays. Take a look at the vast diversity of insects that are commonly found in the garden if you look closely enough. Learn some common stages of insect development, since many insects look quite different at different stages! You'll come away with a better understanding of the little buggers.


February 6: Designing With Native Plants to Attract & Support Pollinators

Presenter: Larri Cochran

Whether you're creating a new garden, or updating an existing one, learn how to add native plants to all your settings! Native plants play critical roles as host plants for butterflies as well as vital food sources for endangered bees. We'll discuss garden design basics, plant selection & habitat requirements, and bloom cycles for two dozen native plants to ensure your gardens flower from early Spring to late Fall.

Attendees will need a reliable Internet connection and a device to connect to GoToWebinar such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.

Click here to register using CREDIT CARD or PayPal only.

Click here for a mail-in form to pay by CHECK.

Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

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Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is postponing recruitment for its next volunteer class. Recruitment will begin during the summer of 2021 and classes will begin in January 2022. Sign up for email updates if you're interested in joining the Class of 2022!


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What is a Master Gardener?


The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is a member-managed nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational mission of promoting good and sustainable gardening practices.  Each Master Gardener has completed an in-depth training program, including hands-on activities in gardening and public education, and has made a commitment to participate in WMMGA-sponsored public programs each year. WMMGA is an Affiliate of the national Master Gardener program of the American Horticultural Society.


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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.


Gardening Questions?
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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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