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.