Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners
Master Gardener Class Information
Who Are Master Gardeners?
Master Gardeners (MGs) share an enthusiasm for gardening in its many forms and for landscaping and protecting the environment.
Some Master Gardeners have created successful gardens at home, while others are relative newcomers to gardening who want to enhance their knowledge through training in the Master Gardener program.
Many Master Gardeners work at jobs full time; others are retired or working part time. All enjoy the rigors and rewards of gardening as well as making friends and acquaintances with common interests.
What Do Master Gardeners Do?
As a public service to the Rockbridge area, Master Gardeners assist the Virginia Cooperative Extension agent in educating and informing the public. They accomplish these goals in a number of ways:
to common gardening and landscaping problems through the Extension Office Hotline and plant clinics.
VIRGINIA MASTER GARDENERS
The Rockbridge Area Master Gardener program is a part of Virginia Master Gardeners, an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). In turn, VCE is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the United States Department of Agriculture, plus state and local governments. Virginia Tech and Virginia State University spends considerable money and energy on horticultural research, finding better methods and plants for the gardener and ways to protect the environment. Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardening serve to educate the public on the results of this research.
Master Gardener programs are active in many states. There are forty-four units in Virginia, all working with Virginia Cooperative Extension in various ways and with the state-level organization, the Virginia Master Gardener Association. The Master Gardener program is open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability or political association. It is an equal opportunity and affirmative action association.
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