2019 Extension Master Gardener Program Volunteer Training

2019 Extension Master Gardener Program to host evening volunteer training on Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 and 11.

The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is now accepting registrations for the 2019 Extension Master Gardener Program.  The 2019 Master Gardener program, which is taught in Warrenton, is open to residents of both Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

The Master Gardener program educates and trains community residents on emerging and proven gardening and landscaping practices that preserve and protect the environment. Master Gardeners also volunteer in the community in more than a dozen Master Gardener community service projects related to organic gardening, native plants and trees, vegetable gardening, healthy lawns, youth education, senior horticultural therapy and much more.

The community is invited to learn more about the program and how to become a Master Gardener at upcoming Information Sessions in Warrenton and Washington, Va.

The Warrenton information sessions are scheduled for 6pm, Tuesday, Nov. 13  and6pm, Tuesday Dec 11 at the Fauquier VCE Office – 24 Pelham St., Warrenton, VA 20186

The Washington information session is scheduled for 6pm, Tuesday Dec 4 at theRappahannock VCE Office – 311 J Gay St. Washington, VA 22747

“I am excited to have a class that will allow those that work a traditional job to attend,” said Tim Ohlwiler, Fauquier County VCE Horticultural Extension Agent.  “The program offers residents the opportunity to learn and grow as gardeners, and volunteer to make a positive impact on the environment and the quality of life in our area of Virginia.”

The Master Gardener program is a 16-week educational program held Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9pm, starting Jan. 8, 2019 and ending in mid-April.  The classes are held primarily at the VCE office in Warrenton and taught by Ohlwiler and other horticultural experts and professionals.  The course curriculum was developed by Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and covers a wide variety of horticultural topics including:

  • Botany and Flowers
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
  • Plant Diseases
  • Plant Propagation
  • Lawn Care
  • Pruning
  • Insects
  • New Trends in Horticulture
  • Community Volunteer Training

In addition to the classroom sessions, participants also complete 50 hours of community volunteering in 2019.  Participants can choose from a range of Master Gardener community programs to select volunteer opportunities that best matches their interests.

In Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, more than 110 Master Gardeners volunteer approximately 5,000 hours annually in local programs.

Cost of the program is $200 ($250 after Dec. 11, 2018).  The tuition price covers all study materials and instructor fees. For questions or information on available scholarship assistance, contact Tim Ohlwiler at 540-341-7950, Ext 3.

For more information or to attend an information session, please call 540-341-7950, Ext. 3; or visit our website at fc-mg.org.

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