The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association supports its members — Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardeners 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.
What is a “Master Gardener”?
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener are educators who volunteer within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management, education, and training. Extension Master Gardeners 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 Gardeners bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.
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. Each program donates a portion of your purchase amount to registered nonprofit organizations at no additional cost to you. Choose Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association.
During the Pandemic
We are continuing our mission to advise homeowners on good gardening practices while observing health mandates during the pandemic. The Gardening in the Valley Symposium will be a virtual event on March 6, 2021. We’ve partnered with several area libraries to offer Seed Lending Libraries as new resources for obtaining and learning about seeds. GardenFest will consist of an online plant sale during May with in-person pick-up in early June. We have added a series of free webinars for beginning vegetable gardeners and the Gardening in the Valley Tour will feature five Shenandoah County gardens that can be visited while maintaining social distance.
If you have any type of gardening question, Master Gardeners will remotely research your problem and provide unbiased, research-based solutions. We can answer questions about trees, shrubs, house plants, perennials, annuals, and more! E-mail a description and photos of your gardening problems to the GreenHelpLine in your county.
- Clarke: NSVMGA.firstname.lastname@example.org (include “Clarke County Gardening Question” in the subject line)
- Frederick: GreenHelpLine.FrederickCo@gmail.com
- Page: NSVMGA.email@example.com (include “Page County Gardening Question” in the subject line)
- Shenandoah: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Warren: GreenHelpLine.WarrenCo@gmail.com
If you have questions about any programs, please email us at email@example.com.