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 2019 Master Gardener training. Participants in the program attend all classes and will receive a minimum of 50-60 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 early signup course fee is $150 before June 1st.  After June 1st, fee is $160 with an application deadline of August 1, 2019.  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 Day Training Course or the Night Training Course:
  •  Day Training Course
    • September 3 to November 13, 2019
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon + 3 Saturdays
    •  Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Bldg. at Charles Brown Park
      1950 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown
  •  Night Training Course
    • August 14 to November 13, 2019
    • Lessons On-line, + Wednesday evening classes 6:15-7:45pm, + 3 Saturdays
    •  Courthouse Way Community Center
       14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News

For more information and a printable application and class schedules, visit