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Virginia Cooperative Extension
Master Gardeners
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 Master Gardeners 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 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.
 Please check back in Fall 2017 for the Master Gardener Information Session.  Please contact the Master Gardener Help Desk with any questions, 703-792-7747 or


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