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

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.

Please contact Dr. Lucy Bradley ( with any questions.

Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants: Identification and Use
$98 (MG rate)
NC State University

Investigate using edibles in the landscape with an exploration of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Extend your growing season with bulbs and even houseplants.
This six-week online class starts on March 5, 2018.

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Annuals, Perennials, Vines and Groundcovers: Identification and Use

This collection of plants will add a burst of color to your landscape with exciting textures and blooms. Learn to recognize and use these garden favorites to enhance your landscape.
This six-week online class starts on July 9, 2018.

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Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use

Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use
Explore the world of traditional woody plants including flowering trees, shrubs, and conifers. Learn cultural information about these structural plantings and their use in the landscape.
This six-week online class starts on September 10, 2018.

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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. Check this link for a full listing of 2018 programs.

Upcoming seminars include:

Soil Health and Water Quality

Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST – Presented by Max Glover, Katelyn Hain, Brad Kohlhagen

Soil Health is a rapidly evolving movement that is frequently in the headlines. Water Quality is important everywhere, but specific issues vary widely based on geography, land use, and population. Attend this webinar to learn about resources that you can use to answer…

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Misidentified Pests in the Landscape

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Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST – Presented by Erfan Vafaie

Pests in the landscape?? We deal with it everyday. Did you know that many pesticides areoften misused simply because the pest was not identified correctly? Beneficial insects also feel the wrath of our misuse. Learn about some of our Misidentified Pests in this seminar.

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Argentine Ants and Others

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT – Presented by Eric Benson

Ants are the number one reported nuisance pest. Ants come in all shapes, sizes, Ant species have an incredibly wide variety of nesting and eating habits. In this webinar presented by Dr. Eric Benson, Clemson University, learn about Argentine ants among others, their biology, and ways to get them under control.


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
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