Our Projects

Master Gardeners in Your Community

Master Gardeners are trained volunteer educators who serve our community by assisting local Extension Agents in providing sound and practical gardening information to area property and homeowners. In addition, we work side by side with other community groups in providing hours of community service in the name of gardening education.

Master Gardener Training Course
(Annually, February-May) —
Annual training for new master gardener interns. Generally 50 hours of instruction from February through May. Interns also must complete 50 project hours to become certified Master Garden Volunteers. Details on the 2017 Class here.

Barn Garden Workshop Series — 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA
Workshop series for the home gardener co-sponsored with Belle Grove Plantation. Classes led by NSV Master Gardeners. Contact Lynn Hoffman: gwendydog@gmail.com

Blandy Community Garden Teaching Garden — 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA Project hours for hands-on teaching of various groups while designing, planning, and installing garden bed. Contact Mary Craig: mcorneliac@centurylink.net

Seed Exchange @ Blandy (Last Saturday in January) — 400 Blandy Lane, Boyce, VA
Project hours for preparing seeds and assisting with day of event. Free seed exchange and educational event sponsored with the Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia. The next exchange will be on January 28, 2017.

Garden Fest (First Saturday in June.) — 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA
Next year’s Garden Fest is set for June 3, 2017. Project hours for various areas of event, from creating displays and potting/ maintaining plants to helping with signage, setup, and children’s events day of event. Deadline to register for children’s events will be in May. Something for everyone’s interests. (Trainees attendance is required.) Contact Cy Haley: cyhaley@comcast.net

Gardening in the Valley Symposium — Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
Educational hours for half-day conference focused on gardening topics of interest to Master Gardeners and homeowners in the Valley. Special speakers, lunch, raffles/door prizes, and more. The 2017 NSVMGA Symposium will be April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LFCC. News about Spring 2017 Symposium COMING SOON.

Junior Master Gardener Course — Winchester, VA
Project hours for teaching children the basics of gardening as well as the value of giving back to the community. Classroom portion lasts from March through June. Contact Lynn Hoffman: gwendydog@gmail.com

Learning Garden at Belle Grove — 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA
Education hours for working with the public while planning, planting, and improving historic garden. Click her for Belle Grove Garden Project History. Most Tuesdays and some Saturdays during the growing season. Contact Claire DeMasi: clairedemasi@gmail.com

Community Help Desks & Help Lines — Dates & Times vary by locality. To check on your locality help desk and contact information, visit our Contact Us page.

Millwood Community Garden —
Clarke County: Millwood Community, VA
Project hours for organizing and planning the Millwood Community Garden while educating students and residents on how to sustain and harvest a community garden. March – October from 9 am – 12 noon. Contact Mary Flagg: dazlmom@hotmail.com
Luray Middle School Garden — 
Page County: 14 Luray Avenue, Luray, VA
Project hours for preparing, planning, designing, and budgeting garden while working with garden club children. Contact Lesley Mack: lesleypmack@gmail.com
Preservation and Education of Historic Chinquapin Oak —
Page County
Project hours for protecting tree from invasive weeds, educating the public about the tree, and working on possible pocket park around tree. Contact Lesley Mack: lesleypmack@gmail.com
Rain Garden Demo Garden
Shenandoah County: 140 East Lee Street, New Market, VA
Project hours for planting, weeding, and dividing plants (and potting extras for GardenFest) while educating the public on the Rutgers University initiated rain garden. Contact Ruth Garretson: rog@shentel.net
Belle Boyd Cottage Gardens —
Warren County: 101 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA
Project hours for leading the public in weekly work sessions, teaching best practices for proper planting, plant care, pest management, and pruning. Tuesdays, 9am – 12noon, April – October. Contact Katherine Rindt: jkrindt@comcast.net
Butterfly Garden at Happy Creek Arboretum —
Warren County: Prospect Street & Commerce Ave, Front Royal, VA
Project hours for answering public questions while working in the butterfly garden. During the growing season Contact Katherine Rindt: jkrindt@comcast.net
Calvary Memorial Garden —
Warren County: Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA
Project hours for teaching landscape design, plant identification, pruning, and growing annuals & perennials while working in 5 individual garden rooms. Contact Frank Baxter: skyland@centurylink.net
Samuels Public Library —
Warren County: 330 E Criser Rd, Front Royal, VA
Project hours for implementing a professional landscape design and educating the public during an ongoing lecture series. Contact Frank Baxter: skyland@centurylink.net