VCE Loudoun is proud to announce seventeen new graduates into the Extension Master Gardener program. The graduates completed over 65 hours of instruction and 75 hours of their internship learning about best practices in horticulture. They join a county-wide volunteer organization with over 120 active members. The new class of Master Gardeners stand ready to continue to educate Loudoun in best management practices for environmentally sound and sustainable landscapes.
As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Extension Master Gardeners bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.
VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners are trained to serve Loudoun County through a variety of programs, including:
- 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 VCE MGs 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, 9:00 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.
You can learn more about the Extension Master Gardener’s wide-ranging programmatic offerings at loudouncountymastergardeners.org.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?
Classes start in January and the class of 2023 is full. Applications for the Master Gardener Class of 2024 will open online in September 2023. All info to become a VCE Loudoun Master Gardener can be found here.