Loudoun County Master Gardeners
Welcome to the Loudoun County Master Gardener web site, your on-line source of gardening information for Loudoun County, Virginia.
Our mission is to educate Loudoun County residents about safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices. We are volunteers who have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech and the Loudoun County Cooperative Extension office to provide unbiased research-based horticultural information to the community.
We serve the community through:
For more information on Loudoun County Master Gardener accomplishments see this 2011 report to the Board of Supervisors.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the national Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Every state has a Cooperative Extension office and now 48 states have a Master Gardener Program. The Master Gardener Program was established to assist the Extension office in meeting the enormous increase in requests from homeowners for horticultural information and advice.
"Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (VCE-MGs) are a vital part of Virginia Cooperative Extension with more than 4,000 active volunteers in nearly all counties throughout the Commonwealth. In 2003, VCE-MGs contributed more than 230,000 hours and made more than 350,000 contacts on behalf of VCE and Virginia Tech. The amount of volunteer time provided by VCE-MGs is comparable to 111 full time equivalents and has an economic value of nearly $4.6 million. VCE Master Gardener volunteers are an invaluable and irreplaceable asset to the citizens of Virginia." David D. Close, State Master Gardener Coordinator, Virginia Tech.
Demo Garden at Ida Lee
10 am - noon
May 4, Preparing the Garden for Summer Vegetables
June 1, Summer Vegetable Garden Maintenance
July 20, Managing Insects in the Summer Garden
The first Thursday of each month, 7PM. Open to the public.
All lectures will be held at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd, NW Leesburg, VA 20175, also accessible from Ida Lee parking lot.
June 6. Pollinators, Banshee Reeks Bee Inventory with Elizabeth Sellers.
July 11. Green lawns, the bridge between HOAs and protecting the watershed with Tim Ohlwiler
Aug. 8. Collecting and Organizing Seeds / Composting with Michael Neese
Sept. 5. The Meadow Project with Catherine Zimmerman
Oct. 3. What's That Tree? Tips for Winter Tree ID with Debbie Dillion
Nov. 7. Holiday Arranging with Kim Wright