Master Gardeners

Volunteer involvement is one of the most important and unique aspects of Virginia Cooperative Extension. This is in keeping with Extension's philosophy that active citizen participation in planning and implementation insures program success. Volunteers are a valuable resource and an integral part of education mission of Extension.

Master Gardeners provide a resource for all Extension program areas and for professionals from many other agencies. They provide our community with locally identified programs, including answers to individual questions via hotlines and plant clinics; radio, newspaper, and computer links; educational programs to meet targeted needs; and guidance in making the natural environment accessible to all residents regardless of disabilities, incomes, or where they live.

What is a Henrico Master Gardener?

A Henrico Master Gardener is an individual who acts on behalf of the Henrico Extension Office as a volunteer within our community after receiving specialized training in environmental horticulture through cooperative programming with VCE.

Am I Master Gardener Material?

Are you looking for a way to improve Henrico through volunteer service? Do you enjoy teaching and taking to the public? Do you have an interest in horticulture? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, Henrico Master Gardener volunteer opportunities may be right for you?

What is required to become a Henrico Master Gardener?

To become a Henrico Master Gardener, individuals must attend at least 50 hours of classroom instruction and then contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service conducting VCE horticulture-based, education programs. These initial 100 hours must be completed in one year. As the end of the year they have earned the title of Henrico Master Gardeners must participate in at least 8 hours of continuing  education training annually.

OK, I'm interested! Now what do I do?

Fill out the Henrico Master Gardener Application and fax, mail or email it to the Henrico Extension Office. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted by a veteran Henrico Master Gardener who will schedule an in-person interview with you before the end of November. Classes are scheduled to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from late January to the end of March.

Questions? Contact the Henrico Extension Office at 804-501-5160.