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Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia General Information

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) is an organization of volunteers who work with the staff of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to encourage and promote environmentally sound gardening practices. MGNV members must complete over 60 hours of combined classroom and in the field training, as well as 60 hours of volunteer work as interns to become certified by Virginia Tech as VCE Master Gardeners. Additional volunteer work and continuing education are required each year to maintain certification.

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Through VCE, MGNV volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually to community education programs in Arlington County and Alexandria City. We maintain five demonstration gardens that illustrate the wide variety of plants that grow well in our area as well as overall garden care. We operate plant clinics in farmers’ markets and a public library as well as at special events. We field a wide range of gardening questions through a help desk at the Arlington County VCE office. We conduct public workshops in such areas as container gardening, composting, and lawn care. We support horticulture therapy and schoolyard gardening projects, and we respond to other community needs as they arise.

MGNV was founded in 1985 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Our volunteers have become a central part of VCE’s efforts to provide residents of Arlington County and the City of Alexandria with up-to-date, reliable, researched based information about gardening practices that protect the environment and promote sustainability.

For answers to some of the questions most commonly asked to VCE Master Gardeners, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you could not find an answer to your question, or the information you were looking for about MGNV here on our website, please feel free to contact us with the information provided  on our Contact Us page.