Master Gardener Training


Master Gardeners are a vital resource to the York County/Poquoson Extension Horticultural Program. These volunteers teach classes, answer horticultural inquiries, present programs, and diagnose plant diseases. Master Gardeners extend the resources of the land-grant university through their volunteer efforts.

Course Overview

The Peninsula Offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the 2017 Master Gardener training. Participants in the program attend all classes and will receive a minimum of 60 hours of horticultural information.

Upon graduation the participant will return 50 hours of service to Virginia Cooperative Extension, through answering the phone, conducting educational programs, leading a team, support positions and many other areas. Classes cover some of the following topics:
  • Insects
  • Lawns
  • Pruning
  • Shrubs
  • Soils
  • Trees
  • Vegetables


The fee for this course is $130. Fees associated with this course will cover handbook, other materials, and a background check. Please note the background check fee of $10 is non-refundable.

Course Location

An individual may take the course in person or through virtual hybrid course:
  • In-Person Course
    • September 5 to November 15, 2017
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • 9 a.m. to noon
    • VT/UVA HR Center (Oyster Point)
      600 Thimble Shoals Boulevard
      Suite 210
      Newport News
    • View the In-Person Course Schedule PDF
  • Virtual Hybrid Course
    • August 16 to November 15, 2017
    • Lessons online, plus Wednesday evening sessions, plus 3 Saturdays
    • Yorktown Library
      8500 George Washington Memorial Highway
      Yorktown, VA 23960
    • View the Virtual Hybrid Course Schedule PDF