Become a Master Gardener

master Gardeners staff booth at farmers market

Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteer educators. They work within their local communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training. As an educational outreach component of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardener program brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities – Virginia Tech and Virginia State University – to the people of the commonwealth. All volunteers are trained and have at least 50 hours of horticultural classes and return at least 50 hours of volunteer community service through their local Extension office.

Your journey to becoming a Master Gardener starts with Virginia Cooperative Extension. Please visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension website to find your local office and learn about the application, training requirements, and volunteer commitment specific to your local Master Gardeners.