Become A Master Gardener

The 2017 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training is now open for registration!

2014-master-gardener-of-northern-virginia-annual-plant-sale-at-green-springOffered by Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Arlington County Office, in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the VCE Master Gardener program trains participants in best management practices of gardening and landscaping techniques that preserve and sustain the environment.

  • The Master Gardener Training classes will be Tuesdays, September 5 through November 14.
  • Class is 9:00 a.m – 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12-12:30 p.m..
    There will be a graduation luncheon on November 14, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

The cost of the 2017 volunteer training is $235 for Arlington/Alexandria residents and $285 for non-residents.  Limited scholarship assistance is available; please contact Leslie Fillmore, Master Gardener Coordinator at 703-228-6426 or

Residents who want to improve their gardening skills, enhance their knowledge and most importantly share what they have learned with others through volunteer work should fill out

Both forms should be sent in with a check made out to “Treasurer Virginia Tech.”

Master Gardener Training
Virginia Cooperative Extension
3308 S. Stafford St.
Arlington, VA 22206

Interviews will be scheduled after applications are received in the office.  Although there is no application deadline, acceptance into the program is typically determined by mid-August.

Residents of Alexandria City and Arlington County will receive preference, but others in the Washington area may also enroll on a space-available basis. Tuition covers the cost of study materials and instructor fees. Limited need-based scholarships are available to cover some of the tuition costs. A separate application is required for consideration for a scholarship.

After 66 hours of classroom training, VCE Master Gardener trainees must complete a 60-hour internship focusing on community service in educational, VCE-approved, gardening activities within one year. The internship is to be completed within Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.  Once the classroom program, internship and a student project are completed, participants become certified VCE Master Gardeners.

Newly certified VCE Master Gardeners assist VCE staff in teaching environmentally sound gardening techniques in their communities through plant clinics, a horticultural help desk, demonstration gardens and other outreach projects. To maintain certification, VCE Master Gardeners must volunteer a minimum of 20 hours in VCE-approved activities and attend eight hours of continuing education programs every year. VCE sponsors monthly continuing education programs to help Master Gardeners maintain certification.

For more information about training or becoming a Master Gardener, please contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Horticulture Help Desk at 703-228-6414 or email;  or visit us at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington VA 22206.