Master Gardeners are here to help! If you have problems with your home gardens, whether insect, disease, or other, our members are happy to research your problem and provide unbiased research-based solutions. Find us at our Greenlines or through community events such as farmers markets (seasonally), fairs, and festivals. We also provide education through community talks and events. Click around to learn more about us or get the basic information below.
What is a “Master Gardener”?
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management, education, and training. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are required to continue their education each year to stay up to date on current issues and recommendations for home gardeners. As an educational program of VCE, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association supports its members — Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers serving the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren. The Association leads and financially supports projects, sponsors VCE home-gardening education events, coordinates each year’s Master Gardener class, and provides its members with unique continuing-ed and fellowship opportunities. Annual dues are $20 and open to all certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley unit.
How to Participate
If you’d like to help others while serving your community as a VCE Master Gardener, see when the next class starts on our join page. If you’d like to help without becoming a member, you can join us at our educational events, support our scholarship fund by attending our educational symposium, or pick up some plants and gifts at our GardenFest & Master Gardener Plant Sale.
You can also help while you shop! Click Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Blooming Bucks Program or Amazon’s smile program, which each donate a portion of your purchase amount to registered nonprofit organizations at no additional cost to you. Choose Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association at each.