UConn Gives is Coming!

Jonathan the Husky with words All Paws In and UConn Gives, April 17-18

UConn Gives is right around the corner! This is a great opportunity to give back to an organization that gives to so many people. The UConn Extension Master Gardeners organize community projects, provide horticultural training and expertise, and donate and grow vegetables for food banks. What better way to give back to your community, than by giving to an organization dedicated to serving Connecticut’s communities! We’ve appreciated all your support during our previous UConn Gives efforts and hope you will support our program again this year.

2024 Ocean State Job Lot Seed Order

garden pots with seeds sprouting in them

February 15th Update: We are no longer accepting seed requests, please check back in January 2025 for next year's opportunity. We will reach out to those who completed the form in the coming weeks.

Each year, the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program partners with Ocean State Job Lot to distribute free seed packets to community groups, non-profits, schools, and municipal groups. We are pleased to continue offering this service to community organizations and groups.

We reserve the right to substitute seed packets due to availability, and orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You must select the location where you will pick up your seed order.  You will be contacted by someone from that location regarding pickup dates and times. Happy Gardening in 2024!

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Connecticut Gardeners’ 2024 Calendar

Announcement! The UConn Master Gardeners have assembled a calendar for Connecticut gardeners! There are tips through every month on how to plan and maintain your garden for fresh blooms and abundant vegetables. This year there is additional information on supporting beneficial insects in the landscape, with tips on using integrated pest management, creating habitat for beneficials, and starting native plants by seed in the winter. Photos all submitted by local gardeners and selected by MG Volunteers during a statewide photo contest. 28 pages plus cover. 8.5in x 11in. Folded calendar. 

Purchase it today for pickup or delivery at our marketplace site.

$12 – Local Pickup at County Office

$18 – Delivery

If this piques your interest for more gardening content, visit our articles at:


Or the Home and Garden Factsheets:


image of the calendar open to the month of january with a photo of a partially frozen lake, text below with description, and calendar months with tips listed.
Sample Page, January

image of calendar front with blue sea holly in background and title "connecticut gardeners' 2024 calendar" Image of calednar back page with 12 months of images and a thank you to our volunteers.

Jardin Para Principiantes

¿Quieres hacer un jardin pero no sabes cómo empezar?

¡UCONN Master Gardeners pueden ayudarte! Ofrecemos un taller “Jardin para Principiantes” el 14 de marzo del 2023.

La presentación incluye como planificar tu jardin, la siembra, el mantenimiento, y la cosecha de sus vegetales, frutas o flores favoritos. También hablaremos de cómo hacer un jardin en un espacio limitado o en macetas.  ¡No se lo pierdan!

¿Cuándo?:  Martes, el 14 de marzo, 5:30pm-7:30pm

¿Donde?: Willimantic Public Library, 905 Main St, Willimantic


Recognizing Diane Gawronski, UConn Master Gardener, for Receiving Haddam Historical Society Award

We love sharing the accomplishments of Master Gardeners! Diane Gawronski, MG Middlesex Class of 2022, was honored this year with an award by the Haddam Historical Society. See their full post below:
“This year the Haddam Historical Society acknowledged garden volunteer Dr. Diane Gawronski, DMD with the Founders’ Day Award. Diane has been responsible for our spectacular vegetable garden for the past two summers. This year she created an assortment of historic garden trellises including a tomato table and bean teepee. The center teepee not only featured a variety of beans but morning glory and moon flower. Squash and melons grew on a stick trellis and herbs were protected by stick stockades. Diane created an easy- to -read hand-out on “The Historic Art of Garden Trellising” and shared her knowledge with visitors and groups on her creating this delightful space.
Diane came to us as volunteer with the Master Gardener Program and created an artistic masterpiece in our little historic garden. Thank you, Diane.”
Diane Gawronski in front of the Garden Trellis Teepee Historical Article about the art of trellising
A different angle of the trellised beans A different angle of trellised beans

2023 Master Gardener Calendar

The 2023 UConn Master Gardener Calendar was just published for download or print! While we wont be offering these for purchase this year, the pdf is available for FREE and can easily be printed at home.  This was a culmination of the work of many Master Gardener volunteers working out of the New Haven Office.  We will be sharing the monthly pages as well on all of our social media.  View the calendar here.