Become An Extension Master Gardener

The 2019 Master Gardener Application period has closed.

Who We Are

  • We are Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, working through the Loudoun County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension 
  • We are educators providing residents with horticultural and environmental information based on the research and experience of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University
  • We are mentors who train and develop new Master Gardener Volunteers
  • We are continuous learners who maintain our own knowledge base through continuous education and updates received from Virginia Tech

What We Do

  • Answer horticulture and environmental questions through our Help Desk, Demonstration Garden, and Garden Clinics
  • Provide outreach at the Loudoun County Extension Office and at local community events
  • Maintain a Demonstration and Teaching Garden at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg
  • Promote the protection of the environment, with a focus on water quality
  • Advise on appropriate and safe use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Conduct education programs for diverse groups on proper care of turf grass, woody plants, food crops, and ornamentals

For More Information

Who Should Apply?

Individuals who have:

  • An enthusiasm for learning the fundamental aspects of sustainable landscape practices
  • A willingness to give back to the community through volunteer efforts by supporting our programs and projects

A horticulture background – though helpful – is not necessary.

Application Process

General information is below. Detailed information about the 2020 Class Application process will be available later this year.

Prospective candidates must:

  • Read the VCE Master Gardener Application Letter (available later in 2019) 
  • Read the Training Requirements. It is important to know and understand what is required to complete the Master Gardener Program and receive certification.
  • Complete the Application Package and submit by November 6, 2018 (forms available later in 2019) 
    • Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application
    • Interest and Skills Questionnaire
    • Reference Check for Applicant 

You can submit your application package by email, mail or drop it off at the Extension Office. The deadline has passed and class is already filled for 2019.

  • Email all three completed forms as attachments to with “2019 Application” in the subject line.
  • Mail all three completed forms to  
    Loudoun County Extension Office
    Attn: Sue Naille
    750 Miller Dr., SE, Suite F-3
    PO Box 7000
    Leesburg, VA 20177-7000
  • Hand deliver all three completed forms to the address above.

If you have any questions or issues with the application, please email

Selection Process

In late October, applicants will be contacted by phone for a brief discussion to ensure understanding of the training requirements. We will schedule an in-person interview at this time.

After completion of the in-person interview, a panel of Master Gardener Volunteers and Loudoun County Extension Office staff select Applicants based on an evaluation of their enthusiasm to learn, their willingness to volunteer and contribute to the Extension Master Gardener program, and their interest in promoting environmentally sound management practices. 

Successful Applicants are admitted as Trainees once the personal references are checked and the background screening is complete. Classes begin in late January 2019.