What is Master Gardener College?
Over 300 participants from throughout the Commonwealth and beyond come to MG College to learn the latest in environmentally sound lawn and garden practices and pick up materials on the latest in horticulture, which are then shared with their constituents throughout the year. MG College participants provide this information to all of Virginia’s Master Gardeners, now numbering 5,000 volunteers throughout the state. In turn, these volunteers provide services to an estimated 500,000 persons annually. MG College is the premier event for Master Gardeners in Virginia and one of the very best ways to interact with and enagage MG Volunteers, Extension Agents, and gardeners in Virginia. The MG College attendees are influential educators whose opinions are well-respected in their communities.
Why Should I Go?
Master Gardener College provides education about new technologies, techniques, and information. It gives you an opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the green industry.
But that’s not all that’s great about MG College! It also gives you the opportunity to meet fellow MGs throughout the state and share ideas. Plus, it’s really just an opportunity to have a really great time!
What Should I Expect?
Master Gardener College begins with a Leadership Training program which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The advanced MG training (such as Water Steward, Tree Steward, or Land Care Steward training) begins early on Wednesday and lasts through the rest of college). On Thursday, we have check-in for all regular college-goers, plus great tours of area gardens and other key places in the New River Valley. The day ends with an awards ceremony to acknowledge and congratulate Master Gardeners who will be recieving service awards for 2010. Friday and Saturday feature presentations by keynote speakers and smaller classes in the afternoon on specific topics of interest to Master Gardeners. Don’t miss the silent auction and wine tasting which takes place on Saturday night! Sunday begins with yet more great keynote speakers, and ends with a plant swap and sale at the Hahn Horticulture Gardens followed by a picnic.
Are there scholarships available?
Master Gardeners may earn a discount based on the number of volunteer hours they worked the previous year (see the Virginia Tech website) directly from Virginia Tech and Master Gardener College.
NSVMGA offers it’s members in good standing a set budget dollar amount to be divided by all members who attend MG College for that particular year.
The Lou Powell (Frederick CO class of 2009) Memorial Scholarship generously donated by her husband, Bob (Frederick CO class of 2009) is available to all members in good standing who apply to the NSVMGA Board of Directors.
Further information: http://www.hort.vt.edu/mastergardener