Loudoun County Master Gardeners
The Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteer Program
This page describes the program and the process for becoming a master gardener. It addresses:
The Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteer Program mission is to develop volunteer educators who provide the public with gardening information that draws on the horticultural research and experience of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. The program is conducted through the local unit office of Virginia Cooperative Extension - the Loudoun County Extension Office at 30-B Catoctin Circle, SE in Leesburg,
Master Gardener Volunteers…
Individuals should possess two attributes for acceptance into the program.
A strong background in gardening – though helpful- is not necessary.
Prospective candidates should complete and submit the 2013 Application Form. Take advantage of the Early Bird Special and apply by November 1 for a discounted price. For more information contact email@example.com.
An Applicant Open House will be held on November 8 at 7PM at the Extension Office.
Interviews will be conducted in late November and early December, 2012.
Applicants are invited to interview with Master Gardener Volunteers and Loudoun County Extension Office staff at the Loudoun County Extension Office usually in late November. After completion of applicant interviews, 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 Master Gardener program, and their interest in gardening. Successful Applicants are admitted as Trainees.
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. February through April. At present, classroom training is only available during the workday. Upon successful completion of the class work, Trainees graduate to become Interns.
Interns must complete at least 75 hours of internship during their first year. The 75 hour commitment breaks down into the following requirement categories:
Interns are trained for their volunteer activities and are paired with experienced Master Gardeners for those activities. Interns have one year to satisfy the 75-hour requirement. At the end of that year and upon completion of the 75 hours at stated above, Interns are certified as a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.
In order to maintain Master Gardener status volunteers must complete every year: