Who are Extension Master Gardeners?
Virginia Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscaping management education and training. As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Master Gardeners bring the resources of Virginia’s land grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.
How do I become an Extension Master Gardener?
In January of every year, the James City/Williamsburg County Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Unit hosts a 13 week training program for all interested volunteers. This training program is open to all JCC, City of Williamsburg, New Kent County and Charles City residents and is an excellent opportunity to learn about applied horticultural science. Classes and lectures are all presented by highly qualified professionals from this area. Classes will meet for three hours Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Pre-registration is required and open August 15 of every year.
Cost: $165.00 ( to be paid at orientation)
What Do Extension Master Gardeners do?
o Provide guidance on sustainable landscapes
o Conduct plant clinics
o Oversee teaching demonstration gardens
o Staff the VCE Master Gardener Help Desk
o Run spring educational seminars