Master Gardener Training

Each year we train a new group of horticultural enthusiasts to join us in providing our local community with horticultural education and consultation. Training consists of 50 hours of learning through remote study and hands-on laboratory workshops on a broad range of topics including soil health, propagation, pest management, botany, and more. After training you become a Master Gardener Intern, where you have one year to complete an additional 50 hours of internship training before graduating to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. After graduating you are required to get 20 hours of volunteer time and 8 hours of continuing education per year to maintain your certification as a Master Gardener. 

Volunteer hours are completed through numerous opportunities including speaking events, public outreach events, horticulture therapy, youth programs, help desk, volunteering at the VWCC arboretum, marketing and communications, and much more. No matter your background there's an opportunity for you to combine your skills, talents, and passion for gardening. Learn more about the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program here.
The current training session commenced January 2023. 

When the application period begins for 2024 there will be a link listed here  to sign up.  You will be contacted once the interviews are ready to begin.  In the meantime, you can sign up to be on the Waitlist for the 2024 classes.  Click the link below and complete the form.

Waitlist Form

VCE Master Gardener trainees learning at the vegetable gardening lab.
VCE Master Gardener Trainees learning at the water quality lab.

Master Gardeners voluntering at the  Help Desk