Training Requirements

Successful applicants must complete both the Trainee classroom requirements and the Intern hours detailed below to attain Master Gardener Status.

Trainee

Trainees must complete classroom lectures (live or recorded), 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, late-January through mid-April. Live classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12:30.   The zoom recordings will be available those evenings for full-time work trainees. Upon successful completion of the class work, Trainees graduate to become Interns.

Intern 

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 for those not working full-time:

  • 24 hours of service on the Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk and at Garden Clinics. Help Desk is staffed from 9:00 am 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, Leesburg.  The Demo Garden hours are Tuesday and Thursdays 9:00 am to noon mid-March through mid-October.
  • 27 hours of other services, such as participation on committees and supporting special events/priority projects.  This includes one Healthy Virginia Lawn visit to a client residence, as well as participation in school/community garden efforts when available. It also includes certification of your property (or knowledge of) through the VCE Loudoun Master Gardener My Backyard program, a natural resource conservation program here in Loudoun.

For those working full-time or with daytime commitments:

  • 24 hours of  volunteer service on the Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk.  This can be done virtually.
  • 24 hours of volunteer service at Garden Clinics.  These are held on Saturdays. 
  • 27 hours of other services, such as volunteering at the Demo Garden (T/Th, 9 to noon)  if work schedule permits, participation on committees and supporting special events/priority projects.  This category includes one mandatory Healthy Virginia Lawn visit to a client residence as well as participation in school/community garden efforts when available.  It also includes certification of your property (or knowledge of) through the VCE Loudoun Master Gardener My Backyard program, a natural resource conservation program here in Loudoun.

Interns are trained for their volunteer activities and are paired with experienced Extension Master Gardeners for those activities.  Internship runs through December, with that and the completion of the 75 hours as stated above, Interns are certified as Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

Master Gardener

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 contact LCMGTraining@gmail.com.