Trainees must complete classroom lectures, labs, and demonstrations plus a number of field trips totaling at least 60 hours. The classes are conducted twice weekly for a period of 10 weeks, January through April. At present, classroom training is only available during the workday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am to noon. Upon successful completion of the class work, Trainees graduate to become Interns.
Internship Requirements For Attaining Master Gardener Status
Interns must complete at least 75 hours of internship by December 31st of the year completing the classroom instruction. The 75 hour commitment breaks down into the following requirement categories:
- 24 hours of service on the Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk and at Garden Clinics. Help Desk is manned 9am to noon Monday through Friday. Garden Clinics are on Saturdays, April through September.
- 24 hours of service at the Demonstration and Teaching Garden at Ida Lee Park. The Demo Garden hours are Tuesday and Thursdays 9am to noon Mid-March through Mid-October.
- 27 hours of other services, such as participation on committees and supporting special events. This includes 2 Healthy Virginia Lawn visits to client residences.
Interns are trained for their volunteer activities and are paired with experienced Extension Master Gardeners for those activities. At the completion of the 75 hours as stated above, Interns are certified as Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.
Requirements for Maintaining Master Gardener Status
In order to maintain Master Gardener status, volunteers must complete every year:
- 25 volunteer hours
- 8 hours continuing education
For any questions on training, please send an email to LCMGTraining@gmail.com and we will get back to you quickly.