Become a Master Gardener

Master Gardener Training

An Extension Master Gardener (MG) is an individual trained in environmental horticulture through programming with Virginia  Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Virginia Tech (VT) and Virginia State University (VSU) volunteering as an educator within the local community.

Activities include partnering with VCE to promote, inform and work within the community presenting research-based programs on all aspects of horticulture to protect and enhance the environment. This includes turf, landscape, vegetables, trees and shrubs, soil quality, and pest management practices.

If you are interested in:

    • Correct Use of Pesticides/Fertilizers?
    • Water Quality and Conservation?
    • Soil/Land Management?
    • Preserving Natural Habitat?
    • Wildlife/Insects/Bees?
    • Native or Invasive Plants?
    • Sharing Knowledge and Meeting New People?

You would make an excellent Hanover Master Gardener! 

Levels to Achieve and Maintain Master Gardener Status


  • Application with References
  • Background Check
  • Payment of $200 Course Fee, which includes all materials.
  • Completion of All Class Sessions (60 Hours) and Quizzes
  • Pass Final Exam


  • Has achieved MG Class Graduation
  • Must complete 50 volunteer hours in APPROVED PROJECTS focusing on Public Education within 12 months of Class Graduation.

Master Gardener

  • Has completed MG Class Graduation and 50 volunteer hours in APPROVED PROJECTS
  • Annually completes minimum of 20 hours volunteer service in APPROVED PROJECTS and minimum of 8 hours of Continuing Education (CEUs)
  • Periodically reactivates Civil Rights/Risk Management/Background Check/Youth Training

You will also benefit from hands-on experience during the courses and from a presentation of a class project.

Course speakers are experts in their field, and many are current Master Gardeners. The course is intense and rewarding.

The class schedule is typically twice a week for 3 hours each.  Class begins starting in January and on alternate years the class is held in daytime or evening.

Want more information on how to become a Master Gardener? 

If you would like additional information, please email contact the Hanover Extension Volunteer Coordinator by email at or phone by calling 804-752-4309 who will be glad to answer your questions.