Master Gardener College Updates

May 4 – Update: Time Changes for Junior Master Gardener and Hahn Garden Design

The times for Junior Master Gardener Training and Hahn Garden Design (Thursday, June 21) have changed. New times are:

  • Junior Master Gardener training: 1:30-4:30 pm
  • Hahn Garden Design: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


REGISTRATION for MG College 2018 and housing IS NOW OPEN!!
For full registration details and instructions (PDF).

Full details regarding the 31st Annual Master Gardener College can be found in the latest edition of In Season.

Happy Registering and see you in June!  

April 19 – Update: New tour and workshop information

Master Gardener College begins with an optional day of tours and workshops on Thursday, June 21. For a full description of the tours and workshops offered for 2018, please see our preliminary schedule in the EMG College edition of In Season available here. We have updated descriptions to share about two new tours we’ll be offering this year:

Thursday June 21, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Black Garlic Processing Facility Tour: black garlic

Tantalize your tastebuds!  Stop by for a tasting of Obis One organic black garlic.  No, it’s not a new variety of garlic, but aged raw garlic that transforms in color, texture and flavor during the aging process.  Great for cooking!  Makes a great unique gift!​

Obis One is the largest organic black garlic artisanal producer in North America.  No garlic breath!  The store has everything from black garlic bulbs/cloves to chili powder, black garlic sea salt, grinder garlic and home chef combinations.  Recipes are available. More info:

kayaking on the new riverThursday June 21, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Canoe the New River with Venture Out:
Come and enjoy an exciting day on the New River with Venture Out! We will paddle down beautiful landscapes and scenic developments along several miles of Virginia shoreline. The trip is all inclusive, so we will have your canoe, paddle, PFD (lifejacket) ready to go!
The adventure begins with some easy moving water, with a quick lunch (also included) along the river banks. As your paddling skills develop, so will the adventure, as the last stretch of the river spices up your experience with some lower level whitewater class rapids. We look forward to being a part of your adventure with the Master Gardener College and a fun day as you Venture Out with us.  Be prepared, you might get wet!  
Maximum enrollment is 12 people and the cost is $55.00 rental fee, which includes lunch and transportation.
Thursday June 21 1:15 PM – 3:45 PM | Dixie Caverns
Please note that the Dixie Caverns tour requires walking and climbing a tall staircase to enter the cave.

April 5 – Update: What is Tree Steward Training?

Are you interested in expanding your Extension Master Gardener training? Do you want to gain technical experience with arboriculture and help your community care for its trees? 

This year’s Master Gardener College advanced training provides you the opportunity to begin your journey to becoming an Advanced Master Gardener Tree Steward with 20 hours of advanced, topic specific training during College. 

Tree Steward training will begin Wednesday June 20 from 9 am – 5 pm. After this day of training, Tree Stewards attend the Tree Steward Educational Tour (Thursday from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM), and they must choose one designated Tree Steward class for each concurrent session throughout EMG College. Tree Stewards may attend all keynotes and other events as normal.

When Master Gardener College concludes, Tree Stewards-in-training will return to their home unit where they will work with their Agent/Unit Coordinator to complete the internship required to become an Advanced Master Gardener, Tree Steward.

There is an extra charge of $100 (in addition to the standard EMG College registration cost) to participate in Tree Steward Training, which includes the new Tree Steward Training Manual and other materials. Those interested should check with their local Agent or Unit Coordinator. Registration opens for 2018 EMG College in the beginning of May. Please check the EMG website, Facebook page, or your email for updates.

April 4 – Preliminary College Schedule Released

The preliminary 2018 EMG College schedule is available now in the latest edition of In Season, available here.

Please note that there are three additional classes available for Tree Steward training (not noted in this preliminary schedule). In addition to the classes noted in this schedule, “New Tools to Help You Find Your Soils, Watersheds, Tree Cover and More” with Frank Reilly (concurrent session 1), “EMG Coordinator’s Session & Open Forum with the State EMG Office” with Freeborn/Close/Smith (concurrent session 3), and “The Right Plant for the Right Place” with Alex Niemiera (concurrent session 3) will count as Tree Steward training classes.

2018 Master Gardener College: June 21-24, 2018

We are excited to announce the the official promo video for the 30th Annual Master Gardener College has been posted and we are busy organizing the 2018 Master Gardener College! Please check this page for updates on College throughout the Spring!

Update: 2018 EMGC Promo Video

Announcing the 31st Annual Master Gardener College

Extension Master Gardener College has been held every year since 1987. This year the continuing education event will be held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. We are excited to announce that there will be over 40 concurrent sessions as well as 6 keynotes from leading Horticulture and Extension speakers! Stay tuned for more information and let us know if you are planning to come!