Louisa Master Gardeners

A Master Gardener is:

A Master Gardener is an individual who has an interest in learning about home gardening and horticulture and has been trained by cooperative extension, university and local industry staff in subjects such as taxonomy, plant pathology, entomology, cultural growing requirements, nuisance wildlife management, and integrated pest management.

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program affiliated with a land-grant university and one of its extension service offices.  The Central Virginia Master Gardener Program is affiliated with Virginia Tech and the Louisa County Extension Service.  Virginia Tech Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener programs are located in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.  There are approximately 95,000 active Master Gardeners, who provide an estimated 5,000,000 volunteer service hours per year to their communities.  Links to Master Gardener websites in the United States

Avid gardeners are provided with many hours of intense home horticulture training, and in return they "pay back" local university extension agents through volunteerism.  As the Virginia landscape continues to change from predominately rural agriculture to rural-urban interfacing, county Extension agents are overwhelmed with requests for home gardening and landscaping information.  Master Gardeners provide educational information as a free public service.  And, because they are your neighbors, they are more likely to provide information on growing and maintaining plants suitable to your specific geographical location, rather than generalizing to a regional area.

The requirements for becoming a Master Gardener are that you must have an interest in learning about gardening and horticulture, have the time to attend an intensive training course on all areas of horticulture, and possess a willingness to share what you learn with others.