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Massachusetts Master Gardener Registration now open for:

Summer Gardening Know-How Series

Four 1-1/2 hour ONLINE sessions

One weeknight per week for 4 weeks; Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM

May 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2024

Register Here:

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Whether you are a new or experienced gardener, the Know-How Series is designed to help you grow your best garden ever.   

Lecturers are senior Massachusetts Master Gardeners and experienced gardeners.


At the MMGA, we love to talk about gardening and horticulture. But we also like to listen. We’ve selected four timely  topics based on countless discussions with home gardeners to create our four-week Summer Gardening Know-How Series.  

  • Grow vegetables in raised beds: Raised beds are an easy and productive way to grow vegetables, and some fruits too! After a quick review of vegetable gardening basics, we‘ll explore the details of raised bed gardening including design, materials and construction methods. The raised bed techniques discussed can also be adapted to other kinds of gardens as well.

  • Identify good and bad bugs in the garden: Not all insects are bad for the garden. In fact, we rely on many to rid us of other unwanted invaders. Proper identification is the key to treatment, control and prevention. Learn how to identify common beneficial as well as pest insects commonly found in New England gardens. We will explore their habits and life cycles as well as how their presence affects the success of the garden.

  • Grow perennials: Perennials are the workhorses of the garden with most coming back year after year. With a little know-how you can keep your garden in bloom for most of the season. We will explore which perennials will work best in your gardens and discuss how to keep them in good form.

  • Grow Raspberries: This class will set you up for success to grow this delicious and nutritious fruit in your own backyard. Topics include choosing varieties, planting and raspberry care including watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, support and diseases. Armed with your new knowledge, you are sure to have a bountiful raspberry harvest; we‘ll cover harvesting as well as storage.

For the Love of Gardens

We are a hands-on garden club, made up of Ashland, Massachusetts, residents committed to cultivating a beautiful town. With a range of gardening experience from zero to plenty, our members of all ages and professions donate time and labor to tend public garden spaces and planters around town.

Helping Ashland Flower Since 1992

Before the Ashland Garden Club (AGC) was founded, one man, Rick Ghilani, worked alone to spruce up downtown with planters on Main Street and flower gardens around Memorial Square. When Rick passed away in 1991, David Foster pulled together a small group to continue his legacy. Since our official start in 1992, we have grown to more than 25 members and joined the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

You Keep Us Blooming!

All funds to keep Ashland's gardens growing strong come from your support. We are non-profit - all money raised goes to pay for plants and materials - we as volunteers do all the maintenance.

Support us by coming to our events throughout the year!



Next Meeting: Ashland Public Library
AGC Annual Meeting

Next regular meeting of 2024:  

Saturday, April 13,2024

Start time: 10:00 a.m. at the Ashland Library

Stay tuned for announcement of our upcoming March 9th event: a special presentation by one of our own Ashland Garden Club Members!

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