Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Loudoun is proud to welcome twenty-two new graduates into the Extension Master Gardener program. The graduates completed over 65 hours of instruction to become trained in horticulture and natural resource management. Their next step will be to complete a 75-hour internship, where they will continue to engage with best practices in horticulture. These graduates join a county-wide volunteer organization with over 140 active members. The new class of Master Gardeners stands ready to continue to educate Loudoun in best management practices for environmentally sound and sustainable landscapes.
VCE Loudoun also welcomes two new Beginner Horticulturalist Farmers. The Beginner Horticulturalist Farmer Program is comprised of 60 hours in classroom and lab learning to provide a thorough understanding of all areas in horticulture, including topics such as botany, soils, plant disease, vegetables, turf grasses and water quality.
As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Extension Master Gardeners bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.
VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners are trained to serve Loudoun County through a variety of programs, including:
You can learn more about the Extension Master Gardener’s wide-ranging programmatic offerings at loudouncountymastergardeners.org.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener or Beginner Horticulturalist Farmer?
Applications for the Master Gardener Class of 2024 will open online in September 2023. All info to become a VCE Loudoun Master Gardener can be found here.
Applications for the Beginner Horticulturalist Farmer Program will open in September 2023. If you are interested in this program, contact Commercial Horticulturalist Beth Sastre at [email protected].