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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!  

2019 Master Gardener Training 

We are now accepting applications for 2019 Master Gardener Training. Training will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am – noon. We will begin Sept. 3 and run through Oct. 31. Program fee is $125 and scholarships are available upon request.

Applications available by clicking here. 

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.


Roanoke Master Gardeners, Fall 2016 Training Class

For more information:

Contact Kathleen Reed, Agriculture Extension Agent, at or 540-772-7524, with any questions about the fall Master Gardener training or the Roanoke Master Gardener Program.