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Yes, you can become a Master Gardener

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

The Central Virginia Master Gardener Program (CVMG), is accepting applications for the Class of 2014 from individuals who are willing to give back to the community through volunteering and who have a desire to learn about gardening fundamentals.  A gardening background is helpful, but not required. CVMG Master Gardeners are from all walks of life with a variety of experiences.

Master Gardeners are volunteers whose mission is to educate the community about safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices.  Volunteers receive extensive training under the sponsorships of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and the Louisa County Cooperative Extension office to provide unbiased research-based horticultural information to the community.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., beginning Feb. 27, and ending May 1, at the Louisa County Office Building located at 1 Woolfolk Ave, Louisa.  The registration fee is $125 if received by Jan. 31, and $150 after that date.  Applicants must complete a total of 50 hours of volunteer work in their first year. New volunteers complete 20 hours of the requirement, working with veteran Master Gardeners at the Horticulture Help Desk.  For the additional hours, volunteers can choose from a variety of projects and then advance to become a “Master Gardener.”   The Master Gardener program has something for everyone and fun for all.

More information about the program and copies of the application are available at For more information, contact the Master Gardeners at, call the Louisa County Extension office at (540) 967-3422 or visit

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.  An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, notify  Charles Rosson, Louisa Cooperative Extension, at (540) 967-3422/TDD*  during business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.