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2020 Webinar Schedule

November: Awaiting Confirmation

December 17, 2020, 10:00 am: State Office Updates and Q&A – Register Here

Join us to hear State Office updates from Dave Close (Program Director) and Kathleen Reed (State Master Gardener Coordinator), There will also be time for Dave and Kathleen to answer any questions you might have about the program. Send us your questions in advance (reedka@vt.edu) or type them into the chat box during the webinar!

Webinar Archive

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October 22, 2020 | Leadership Development: Creating Engaging Presentations

Extension agents Kirsten Conrad, Ashley Apling, and Ed Olsen share their tips for creating and presenting PowerPoint presentations.

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September 17, 2020 | Joel Koci | Tree Risk Assessment

Learn the basics of tree risk assessment with Joel Koci of VSU.


August 20, 2020 | Josh Kardos| How to Get the Most out of You Hydrangeas

Josh Kardos, Virginia Tech, discusses hydrangea science and troubleshooting.

July 30 | Jamie King | Urban Forestry is a Public Service

Virginia Tech arborist Jamie King discusses the community benefits of urban forestry.

May 21, 2020| Mark Sutphin| Spotted Lanternfly Update

Mark Sutphin of Frederick VCE provides an update on the invasive spotted lanternfly in Virginia.

April 16, 2020 | Scott Baker | Understanding and Interpreting Soil Test Results

Join us for a practical how-to for reading and interpreting soil test results. Learn how to use those lab results to give recommendations to homeowners – and be able to amend your own lawn or garden too!

March 19, 2020 | Pam Bennett | What’s App With That?

Pam Bennett of Ohio State University describes different gardening smartphone apps and tips for using them.

February 20, 2020 | Andrea Davis on School Garden Projects

Andrea Davis, Extension agent Virginia Beach, joins the state office to discuss school garden projects.

October 10, 2019 | Dr. Holly Scoggins

Dave Close and new EMG Coordinator Kathleen Reed in conversation with Dr. Holly Scoggins as she prepares to retire in 2020.

2018 Webinars

November 8, 2018 | EMG College 2019 Updates

Dave Close and John Freeborn provide updates on EMG College 2019 which will be held in Norfolk VA, including keynote speakers confirmed, location information, and venue information

October 11, 2018 | Conflict Resolution

The Leadership, Volunteerism, and Civic Engagement Program Team invites you to this 50 minute webinar with Dave Close as he discusses working through the unavoidable conflict that we all encounter in our work.

Conflict Resolution PDF

September 27, 2018 | LVCE Webinar: Cultivating Volunteer Leaders

Join Michelle Prysby for a presention on how volunteer programs often can be strengthened by having volunteers serve in leadership roles. How do you move volunteers from simply showing up for a volunteer activity to taking on greater responsibilities? What leadership skills are important to cultivate in volunteers? What are common challenges with volunteer leadership and how can they be overcome? We will discuss these ideas and more, and we welcome your own stories of volunteer leadership triumphs and disasters.

Additional Resources:

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Fuller, J. M. and Friedel, C. R. 2017. Developing volunteer leaders: Let their intentions guide the way. Journal of Leadership Education 16(3): 45-66. DOI: 10.12806/V16/I3/R2


Lockett, L. L. and Boyd, B.  2012.  Enhancing leadership skills in volunteers.  Journal of Leadership Education 11(1): 233-244. DOI: 10.12806/V11/I1/AB2


The Lockett paper is also available as an Extension publication from Texas AgriLife Extension, but it’s pretty much the same as the peer-reviewed journal article.


September 13, 2018 |The (Large) Space Between: Reimagining Highway Corridors as Performative Landscapes

Scott’s presentation covers “Interstate Interventions”, exploring possible improvements that could be implemented within the planted shoulders and medians along the Interstates in Illinois. His work includes a review of The Ray, an 18-mile section of Interstate 85 in southwest Georgia that serves as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies to transform transportation infrastructure.

Additional Resources:

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June 14, 2018 | Volunteer Retention and Engagement

Michelle Prysby, Director of the Master Naturalist Program, discusses techniques for retaining and engaging volunteers.

Volunteer Retention slides

Special guest Mary Ann Hansen, Extension Plant Pathologist with the Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic, provides an update on Boxwood Blight in Virginia.  Mary Ann discusses what is currently known about the disease and its spread in Virginia, and shares resources on best management practices for preventing or managing Boxwood Blight in home landscapes.

More information on Boxwood Blight, including VCE factsheets: Boxwood Blight Task Force

January 11, 2018 | Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers

Special guest Dr. Holly Scoggins provides information and recommendations for garden flowers, including recommendations for early-flowering varieties and unusual flowers you may not know about!

Flowers, Flowers, and More Flowers handout

2016 – 2017 Webinars

December 14, 2017 | Office Updates

EMG State Office Staff provide program updates including highlights from the communication survey, an update on the webinar series, and an update on the coordinator handbook.

Fall 2016 | Agriculture and Environment

Ag. and Environmental Series Seminars – an interdisciplinary seminar series co-sponsored by the departments of Horiculture, Entomology, CSES, and PPWS. Thanks to Mark Summer and Megan O’Rourke for their efforts in the recordings.

May 26, 2016 | Woody Landscape Plants

Dr. Alex Niemiera presents a 50 minute lecture on his chapter on woody plants in the EMG handbook. This talk expands on some of the topics covered in the chapter, including plant size, hardiness, plant sex, and right plants for the right places.

February 2, 2016 | Habitat Gardening for Wildlife

This session is based on the new chapter in the EMG handbook and provides an overview of vegetative and structural components of habitat gardening, including plant choices, plant layering to mimic natural systems, and examples of popular wildlife gardens.

Special Series: Turf Management

August 24, 2018 | Fall Into Your Lawn

As fall approaches, now is the time to be thinking about new lawn establishment, recovery and renovation options (aeration / overseeding) from summer damage, fall fertility options, and “what are my best weed control options?”