Online Continuing Education Opportunities for Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners in Virginia need to complete 8 hours of continuing education every year to stay certified. Here are some opportunities to do that from home through online courses, videos and webinars approved by our Extension Agent, Kirsten Conrad.

Record these classes in VMS as continuing education hours. The project title is  Continuing Ed – ALL VCE Agent Approved Training (Enter Education Hours Here & Travel Time Separately).

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Online Courses

Sick Plants and a Hungry World $35
From Ohio State University: 

 Sick Plants and a Hungry WorldThis course is targeted to Master Gardeners and others interested in learning about stories of plant disease from a world and historical perspective. Modules cover topics such as the Disease Triangle, Irish potato famine and bioterrorism through reading assignments and self-tests.  The course is available for 10 weeks from the time participants register.  It is a non-credit course and no grade is given.  A certificate of completion from the Office of Continuing Education is awarded upon completion.

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Fruit Diseases in the Midwest $50
From Ohio State University: 

Fruit Diseases of the Midwest New, non-credit, completely online plant pathology course! Available for 10 weeks upon receipt of registration. Learn about important fruit diseases and their management strategies.Fruit covered: apples, stone fruits, brambles, strawberries, and grapes.The course is self-paced and completely online so you complete it on your own time, from anywhere! Requirements include watching short lecture videos and completing self-tests (no grade for the class).

Certificate awarded upon successful completion.
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NC State University Identification Online Non-Credit Courses

These online courses allow you to learn to identify plants on your own schedule. Longwood Gardens is partnering with NC State University Department of Horticultural Science to provide these courses. These survey courses will introduce you to plants that can be grown throughout the nation. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and hundreds of beautiful images you will learn the key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape. Each one of these three  online non-credit courses  focus on different plant groupings and each including some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

These are asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit courses.  You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet.  You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and for 6 months after the course ends.  There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online.

Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants: Identification and Use $98
NC State University


Learn about the edible side of the landscape with an exploration of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Extend your growing season with bulbs and even houseplants.

This is a six-week online class that starts on March 5, 2018.
Please contact Dr. Lucy Bradley ( with any questions.


Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener YouTube Channel

VCE Master Gardener You Tube Channel

As an educational outreach component of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardener program brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities – Virginia Tech and Virginia State University – to the people of Virginia. Master Gardeners work within their local communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices. Through our YouTube channel, we hope to continue this promotion of educational resources, as well as provide insights into Master Gardener events at both the state and local levels.


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Free Access To Cutting Edge Learning Events

These professional development sessions are brought to you by eXtension and are open to anyone.

Upcoming seminars include:

DECEMBER 1, 2017

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Presented by Alan Brown, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Austin, TX

Download the flyer for the entire 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series:  PDF JPEG


Virginia Master Naturalist Continuing Ed

Virginia Master Naturalist have regularly scheduled webinars. Check their website for a current listing.

Archived webinars are also available on their website – you may need to get Kirsten to approve a specific webinar.

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Search this USDA webinar library for a topic related to master gardening. Check with Kirsten for approval for continuing education credits. The following webinar has already been approved.

The Science Behind Healthy Soil
You can  view  this on-demand webinar at any time.  

Science Behind Health SoilJoin the webinar for an overview of the USDA NRCS Soil Health Literature Review Project and its accompanying public Web site and USDA employee SharePoint that provide access to a searchable database of journal references related to physical and chemical soil health properties and conservation practices.

Webinars from the VCE Master Gardener program
Password: VirginiaEMG 

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Webinars in the past have included:

  • Agriculture and Environment Seminar Series
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Habitat Gardening for Wildlife