About Extension Master Gardeners

Extension Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their 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 their communities. All Master Gardener volunteers are specially trained and acquire at least 50 hours of in-class training and 50 hours of hands-on training.

In Virginia, there are more than 5,500 active and certified Master Gardener volunteers. Together, they contribute over 350,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Almost 1,000 new volunteers are trained annually.

By sharing sound horticultural knowledge and teaching environmentally responsible landscape practices, Extension Master Gardeners are sharing knowledge and empowering communities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.