VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia have scheduled two opportunities for residents of Arlington and Alexandria to learn more about the 2016 Master Gardener Training Program, which will begin on September 6.
VCE horticultural staff and Master Gardeners will greet potential trainees at an open house on Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Both events will be held at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206, where Arlington County VCE offices are located. Interested persons can register to attend one of the open houses and find out more about the training program at http://bit.ly/VCEMasterGardener.
The 2016 training program will start at 9 a.m on Tuesday, September 6, and continue every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until November 15 at Fairlington Community Center. It is offered by the VCE Arlington County Office in partnership with the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. The training program primarily serves Arlington and Alexandria, but residents of other jurisdictions may enroll on a space-available basis.
All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance in the program. Interviews will be conducted in July and early August.
Attendees at the open houses will be welcomed by Extension Agent Kirsten Buhls, Master Gardener Program Coordinator Paula Kaufman, MGNV President Dorothy Acosta, and other certified VCE Master Gardeners, who will explain what’s involved in being a Master Gardener. Master Gardener volunteers in Arlington and Alexandria maintain five demonstration gardens, staff four plant clinics and the daily VCE Horticulture Help Desk, provide horticultural information at local community events and conduct a wide range of public education programs. In 2015 they contributed more than 12,000 volunteer hours.