This course will provide training to approved Master Gardener Volunteers in the Virginia counties of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange, Albemarle/City of Charlottesville, and Fluvanna.  


Volunteers are needed to help with school programs, help desks, demonstration gardens, and horticulture therapy. This is a great way to share your love of plants, the environment, and gardening with others in our community.  This 15-week training will give you the background information to be a successful volunteer. The course is taught by extension agents and professionals in the horticulture industry.  All lectures will be held online through zoom presentations. There will be four in person Saturday workshops.


Lectures include:  Botany, Intro to VCE volunteering, Risk Management, Indoor Plants, Pesticide Safety and IPM, Water Quality, Vegetables, Herbaceous Plants and Landscape Design, Propagation, Lawn & Turf, Home Fruits & Berries, Soil & Nutrient Management, Plant Disease & Integrated Pest Managment, Weed Invasives, Entomology


Saturday Workshops:  Pruning, Propogation, Woody Plants, and Graduation


Please attend (virtually) one of the Orientation Meetings being held in October:

  • October 8, 2020 6 pm to 7 pm
  • October 15, 2020 6 pm to 7 pm
  • October 22, 2020 6 pm to 7 pm 

Register for your Orientation Meeting by contacting the Culpeper County VCE Office at 540-727-3435 OR camilla@vt.edu.  The Zoom link for your orientation meeting will be sent to you after you register for the meeting.

Ways to Register

An Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application must be submitted and approved prior to registration.  Please visit the appropriate link below to download the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application (use the back button on your browser to return to this site).  Complete the application and following the mailing instructions included. 

Once you receive notice that your application to become a Master Gardener Volunteer has been approved, you can register in one of two ways:


  1. Online*: Credit Card Payment – Please click on Add to Cart under the Enroll Now section of this page.  Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your registration.
  2. Mail**: Check Payment - Please mail a check made payable to Treasurer, Virginia Tech to:
  1. Culpeper, Greene, Madison, and Orange residents mail checks to:

Virginia Cooperative Extension – Culpeper County

101 South West Street

Culpeper, VA 22701


  1. Albemarle and Charlottesville residents mail checks to:

Virginia Cooperative Extension – Albemarle County/City of Charlottesville

460 Stagecoach Road

Charlottesville, VA 22902


  1. Fluvanna residents mail checks to:

Virginia Cooperative Extension – Fluvanna County

5725 James Madison Highway

Fork Union, VA 23055

*Online credit card payments are strongly recommended

**Registration will not be processed until your payment is received.  Your mailed payment for registration must be received at the address listed above before 5pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2020.  There is a $50 returned check fee.


Course Schedule:

Online class meets:

Every Thursday

1/21/21 – 4/29/21  





In Person (various locations) class meets:

4 Saturdays

2/20/21, 3/6/21, 4/17/21, 5/8/21



Registration Deadline: December 31, 2020
Cost*: $190
Payment Methods: Credit cards or Checks
Refund Policy: No refunds are available for this program

* Registration fee covers master gardener training manual, training materials, and speaker fees. 

What's Next?

Virginia Cooperative Extension utilizes Canvas to offer this online program. After registering for this program, you will receive a registration confirmation email with detailed instructions for accessing the Canvas platform. If you don't see a confirmation email, be sure to check your spam or junk folder. You can also access the Canvas instructions here (use the back button on your browser to return to this page).

If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Rapidan River Master Gardeners:  Culpeper County VCE Office: (540) 727-3435; ashappling@vt.edu   

Piedmont Master Gardeners: Albemarle County/City of Charlottesville VCE Office: (434) 872-4580; fmelanie@vt.edu

Fluvanna Master Gardeners: Fluvanna County VCE Office: (434) 591-1950; https://www.fluvannamg.org/email-the-help-desk/


Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrollment.  This page will be updated if additional sections of this course are offered.


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