Continuing Education

After completing initial membership requirements, each Virginia Master Gardener must contribute 20 hours of volunteer service each year plus earn a minimum eight hours of “re-certification training.”

The procedure for approval of “re-certification” credits goes as follows: Send a description of the intended workshop, seminar, or class to your County Coordinator who in turn sends it on to the Volunteer Coordinator who sends it to the VCE Liaison for VCE approval. This should take no more than a couple of days via e-mail for approval.

Where do you look for education credits? Try classes, seminars, or workshops that match your interest(s).

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Master Gardener College held at Virginia Tech
  • Horticultural courses at local community colleges (over age 60 can audit courses for free)
  • Master Gardener meetings with educational programs
  • Classes at Blandy Experimental Farm
  • Classes at James Madison University Arboretum
  • Virginia Master Gardener Association regularly offer classes (web site: www.vmga.net)
  • Educational programs offered by neighboring groups, such as Loudoun County Master Gardeners
  • Classes at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond
  • Summer classes at James Madison University
  • United States National Arboretum sponsors year-round events and programs (web site: www.usna.usda.gov)
  • Colonial Williamsburg offers a residential gardening symposium every April (web site: www.history.org/conted)
  • Master Gardener Colleges in adjoining states
  • Mount Vernon often has heritage plants workshops. (web site: www.mountvernon.org)
  • Monticello has great gardening programs (Saturdays in the Garden) built around the interests of Thomas Jefferson (web site at www.monticello.org)