Offered 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.
What is an Extension Master Gardener?
An Extension Master Gardener is an individual who, after receiving specialized training in environmental horticulture through the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), acts as a volunteer educator within his or her community. An Extension Master Gardener (EMG) provides education on all aspects of sustainable landscape management, including turf and soil fertility management, vegetable and ornamental gardening, tree and shrub care, storm water control, and insect and plant disease management.
What does the Volunteer Training Program include?
Developed by Virginia Tech horticulture specialists, VCE Agents, and the state Master Gardener Program Coordinator’s office, the Volunteer Training Program consists of two parts: 60 hours of classroom training, and a 60-hour hands-on internship. In class, trainees learn about basic botany and soil science, woody and herbaceous plants, vegetable gardening, Integrated Pest Management practices, lawn care, etc. The internship includes hands-on experience in our demonstration gardens, at our plant clinics, and with public education.
When and where will the 2019 Volunteer Training Program be held – and how can I apply?
In 2019, our classes are planned for Tuesdays during the day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with the exception of November 6 which will be on a Wednesday), from September 10th through November 19th. The majority of our classes will take place at the Fairlington Community Center, in south Arlington, near Alexandria at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206.
If you’d like to apply, please complete the application paperwork as soon as possible, and submit it by July 22, 2019. The application can be dropped off or mailed to:
Virginia Cooperative Extension c/o Leslie Fillmore
3308 South Stafford Street Arlington VA 22206
The application paperwork must be complete and includes:
We will review the applications as they come in. Selected applicants will be scheduled for interviews in June and July.
We intend to notify those selected for the class in early August. At that time payment will be due to reserve your class spot. The fee for Arlington/Alexandria residents is $255 and the fee for non-residents is $305. There is also an optional needed-based scholarship form, that you may submit if appropriate. While the Volunteer Training program is open to non-residents of Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, only residents of these two jurisdictions will be considered for a scholarship.
For additional information, please contact
Master Gardener Program Coordinator Leslie Fillmore at email@example.com.
Who should take the class?
If you want to be a volunteer educator, love gardening, and want to protect our environment by sharing what you learn with our community, this class is for you! Once certified, EMGs teach the community about our best management practices for urban agriculture and sustainable landscaping. EMGs retain their certifications by annually completing 20 volunteer hours and 8 hours of continuing education.
Where can I see what Extension Master Gardeners do?
Learn all about our extensive EMG activities by exploring this website. You can also find EMGs at the following locations in Arlington and Alexandria, as well as at many special events such as the Arlington’s Home and Garden Expo, Alexandria’s Earth Day, and the Arlington County Fair:
- We have five demonstration gardens where we show the public which plants thrive in our area.
- We answer your questions at four Farmers Markets plant clinics from late Spring through early Fall.
- We also answer questions the Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic
during the growing season.
- We invite you to visit us at our Extension Master Gardener Help Desk at the Fairlington Community Center.
- You can find us giving Public Education classes at your local library.
- We are at local schools teaching kids about the Junior Master Gardener program.
- Each year we support a spring and fall plant sale at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, and a large spring sale at Green Springs Gardens.
Supported by VCE & MGNV
Extension Master Gardeners are supported by our association, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, which collaborates with VCE to further our parallel goals of providing community education about sustainable gardening practices.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit us at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington VA 22206.