How do I become a Master Gardener in Roanoke?
Initial Training: In Roanoke, Master Gardener training is a 7-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!
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.
For more information:
Contact Kathleen Reed, Agriculture Extension Agent, at email@example.com or 540-772-7524, with any questions about the fall Master Gardener training or the Roanoke Master Gardener Program.