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How do I become a Master Gardener in Roanoke?

Initial Training: In Roanoke, Master Gardener training is an 9-week course offered annually in the fall. Topics covered in the class include: botany, entomology, soils, propagation, fruits and vegetables, plant diseases, diagnosing plant damage, water quality, integrated pest management, and more! Gardening experience is not needed to take the class and become a Master Gardener – just an interest in horticulture and willingness to learn!  

2020 Master Gardener Training 

Due to Covid-19 we are not conducting our regularly scheduled Master Gardener Training in the fall of 2020. Updates will follow on when the next training will be help. Thank you for your interest.

Internship: After the initial training,  new Master Gardeners work alongside their seasoned peers to complete a 50 volunteer hour internship during the next year.

Active Master Gardeners: After finishing the internship, Master Gardeners volunteer at least 20 hours each year and participate in at least 8 hours of continuing education to maintain their status.

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Roanoke Master Gardeners, Fall 2016 Training Class

For more information:

Contact Evan O’Neill, Agriculture Extension Agent, at eco239@vt.edu or 540-772-7524, with any questions about the fall Master Gardener training or the Roanoke Master Gardener Program.