Are you interested in becoming a VCE Loudoun Master Gardener? VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners are accepting applications for the 2023 cohort of volunteer educators.
Working with Loudoun County communities, the VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners’ mission is to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training. These volunteers have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech and the VCE Loudoun office to provide unbiased research-based horticultural information to the community.
VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners are trained to serve in the following volunteer capacities:
Garden Clinics – Plant diagnostic services and educational information that are provided at various sites in the county. Clinics operate on Saturdays.
Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee – A public garden space maintained by EMGs for hands-on application of topics learned in class and further serves as an outdoor classroom and lecture area for the VCE MGs as well as a resource for residents to witness sustainable landscape methods in practice. Demo Garden work hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.- noon.
Healthy Virginia Lawns – Homeowner visits, upon request, to assess lawn health and further educate the homeowner on proper maintenance to avoid unnecessary runoff or use of fertilizers.
Other Project Areas – Can include assisting speakers with presentations, water/tree steward projects, writing articles of interest, children’s education programming, community events, and unit support tasks and projects.
Who should apply? We seek volunteers who have:
- Enthusiasm and willingness to give back to the community through volunteer efforts by supporting our programs and projects.
- Commitment to finish the 75-hour internship as well as annual tenured requirements.
- Three to five-year volunteering commitment once tenured.
The application process is open, but please note that it will close when max capacity is met or on October 21.
Learn more about the VCE Loudoun Master Gardener Training Requirements (PDF) & Application Requirements.
For training and application questions, email Loudoun Master Gardeners.