About Us

What is a Master Gardener?

A Master Gardener is a volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension who has been trained to help the general public with their gardening questions. Each Master Gardener must take approximately 50 hours of classroom training, pass an exam and serve an internship. In order to maintain their status each Master Gardener is required to complete eight hours of continuing education and volunteer 20 hours of service per year.

Answer Your Gardening Questions – The Hanover Master Gardener Association coordinates gardening related activities in Hanover County. We are available to answer your gardening questions. You can contact our help desk at 804-752-4310 or hanover.master.gardener@gmail.com .

Roving Help Desk – We also take our Help Desk “on the road” and set up a booth at many local events and in some garden centers. (Roving Help Desk Schedule ) We are available as speakers for selected topics to make presentations for other organizations. We conduct activities for youth and invite schools to apply for grants involving gardening projects.

Home Gardening Series – We offer a series of classes on topics of interest to home gardeners which are free and open to the public. These classes are held on Saturday mornings in various Hanover County libraries starting in January through April.  Home Gardening Series

Guest Speakers – Master Gardeners are available to speak on a variety of topics to civic and professional groups.  Contact us at 804-752-4310 or hanover.master.gardener@gmail.com

How to Become a Master Gardener – If you have an interest in gardening and sharing your knowledge with others you can take our training classes which begin in January. Master Gardener Training.

School Grants Program – Each year we invite Hanover schools to apply for grant money to fund gardening related projects for students. Check back later for details.

Spring Plant Sale – Hanover Master Gardens Association was formed to help coordinate the gardening needs of the community with the volunteers. Our only money raising project is our Annual Plant Sale each spring. Most of the plants offered have been donated by our members. We also offer garden related “yard-sale” items. Several for-profit vendors join us to provide a wide variety of products available. The next Plant Sale will be on April 21th, 2018 and is held in the parking lot of the Hanover Friends Evangelical Church which is across from Lowes in Mechanicsville.  Plant Sale Flyer  We will publish a list of the plants we are selling with information about growing habits.   From Our Gardens to Yours 

From Garden to Table – Master Gardeners are interested in fruits and veggies both growing them and eating them. We are posting some of our favorite recipes. Recipes  

Other Resources – Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) has a wide variety of publications available on the internet.