Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners are accepting applications for the 2020 training class. Focused on sustainability, the Master Gardeners provide education on natural resource conservation and horticultural best management practices.
Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) in Loudoun County provide valuable services to the community including Help Desk/Garden Clinics, Water & Tree Stewardship, Demonstration Garden with Garden to Table team, an annual Symposium, Children’s Education team, and much more.
The volunteer receives a minimum of 60 hours of in-classroom/lab training, and then undertakes an internship of 75 hours in selected area programming to be complete by the end of the year. To continue tenure as a Master Gardener, 25 hours of volunteering and 8 hours of continuing education are necessary each year.
The 2020 training will be held at 750 Miller Dr., SE, Ste. F-3, Leesburg, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class begins on January 28 and ends April 2, 2020. The fee for the course is $235 to include the purchase of the 500+ page Virginia EMG Handbook, additional course materials and a background screening. The training schedule includes classes in basic botany, water quality, fruits, tree and shrub identification, vegetables, disease/insect diagnosis, and related natural resource subjects. Lab work is scheduled during the course.
An Open House and Information Meeting is September 24, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office. Applications will be accepted through October 25, 2019. Class size is limited. Applicants are accepted on a competitive basis based on qualifications of applicants in program areas. Loudoun residents receive priority. For an application, skills questionnaire, reference form, and more information, see link.