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Virginia Cooperative Extension
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (VCE-MG) are trained volunteer educators who provide the public with environmental information that draws on the horticultural research and experience of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Virginia State University.

What extension Master Gardener Volunteers Do:

  • Answer gardening questions in the Extension Office, local community functions and local garden centers.
  • Diagnose plant, insect and disease problems.
  • Promote safe use of pesticides and fertilizers to protect water quality and the environment.
  • Instruct the community on proper care of lawns, trees, shrubs, and vegetables.
  • Write newspaper and newsletter articles, fact sheets and brochures.
  • Conduct gardening programs for diverse groups and all ages within the community.
  • Participate in community beautification and landscape projects.
  • Work with “Plant a Row for the Hungry.”
  • Participate in seminars for continuing education.
  • Participate in social events, field trips, and plant swaps.

Master Gardener volunteer Training

The Master Gardener training program is held in the fall and winter of each year. Classes include more than 70 hours of core information on: botany, soils, pesticide safety, pest management (insect diseases and weeds), nutrient management, plant culture (pruning, propagation), turf, vegetables, fruit, woody ornamentals, water management, and principles of landscape design. Once the training is completed, trainees begin a Internship period to complete 50 hours of volunteer service within one year of completing the training. After the internship, volunteers become certified Master Gardeners. To remain an active Master Gardener you must contribute 20 hours per year, and also earn eight hours of continuing education each year.

Introduction to the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Find out about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension-Prince William.  The orientation is FREE, but registration is necessary.  Please call 703-792-7747 or email 

Please choose one of the information sessions to attend:
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 6:30-8 pm - Development Services Building Room 202 A & B - 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, 22192
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:30-8 pm - McCoy Room at Sudley North Government Building 7987 Ashton Avenue, Manassas 20109

Master Gardener Training is an evening class, running from mid-September thru December. 

There is a fee and a background check is required. Contact us for more information. 

  Please click here to register for this training. 
Call 703-792-7747 or email for more information.


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