Sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardeners are volunteer educators within our community who serve the public by assisting local Extension Agents to provide sound and practical gardening information to area property and homeowners.
You will discover Master Gardeners answering questions at your local farm markets, providing garden demonstrations, writing articles for the local media, and responding to inquiries on the “Greenline”.
On this site you can find answers to garden questions or to expand your knowledge by utilizing the wide array of resources. Better yet, consider becoming a Master Gardener. Regardless of your outdoor interests, come grow with the Master Gardener Program!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2016 Gardening in the Valley Symposium
A half-day conference focused on gardening topics of interest to homeowners in the Valley. Special speakers, lunch, raffles/door prizes, and more. This year’s conference will be Saturday, March 12, 2016. The symposium will be 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Hester Auditorium, located in Henkel-Harris Hall on the Shenandoah University Campus, 1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia.
Garden Care Consultations for Homeowner
As you may know, Master Gardeners currently work with homeowners to answer a full range of plant, tree, and lawn care questions either in-person, by phone, or via e-mail on the County Greenlines. As an extension of that service, Master Gardener Teams will now meet with homeowners for site visits to discuss those problems and concerns. The Master Gardeners will then offer suggestions and solutions. This program will cover landscaping issues, plant and disease identification, proper planting and care, and other issues that could arise for homeowners.
Anyone interested in having a Master Gardener Team visit their yard should contact the local Extension Office. Go here to find the nearest Extension Office to you.
Interested in Learning More About Being a Master Gardener?
Do you enjoy gardening? Love nature? Appreciate the environment? Want to share your outdoor passions with others? Join the 2016 class of Master Gardeners and meet others with your interest(s), update your current knowledge, and help the community grow through your volunteering at education events and programs.
Classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Winchester, beginning in early February finishing in early May. Participants are required to complete a minimum 50 hour course to be followed by 50 volunteer hours to become certified.
For more information on joining the 2016 class, click here.