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2017 Master Gardener Training Class

Master Gardeners are trained community leaders working with individuals to increase knowledge and understanding of environmentally sound horticulture. They seek to improve the quality of life in their communities through education. Master Gardeners are specially trained by Virginia Cooperative Extension which is a group of specialists and Extension Agents who extend the knowledge of Virginia’s Land Grant Universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State. We are looking for you as an individual who loves gardening, enjoys teaching others, feels a strong commitment to community service, and feels strongly about preserving natural resources.

If you have questions about the program or wonder if being a Master Gardener is right for you, please contact Laura Maxey-Nay at 804-752-4310 or

Master Gardener Training classes are offered in January of each year. The 2017 class runs from January 5 through the first week of April and meets every Monday and Thursday. The training course is held in the evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Ashland Area in a location to be determined.

Applications can be found at . When you are ready to commit to the program, complete the application and mail it back to the Hanover County Extension Office (13015 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland, VA 23005). Applications must be returned by November 11, 2016. Some preference may be given to Hanover County residents. Once you are accepted into the program, the fee for the program is $125 for individuals and $145 for couples.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Extension Office during business hours or note it on your application.

If you need additional information please contact us at 804-752-4310.