The 50-hour (minimum) required training program provides research-based information on a variety of horticultural and environmental topics. Training sessions are offered annually. Preregistration is required. Contact your local VCE office for more information.
Extension Master Gardener training involves a variety of topics, including:
- Soils & fertilizer
- Entomology (insects)
- Woody plants
- Herbaceous plants
- Water quality
- Plant pathology (diseases)
- Plant damage (diagnosis)
- Landscape design
By completing the classroom instruction, you become a Master Gardener Intern. The title of VCE Master Gardener is granted after you complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service conducting horticultural education programs.
To complete annual recertification you must:
- Contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer service each year.
- Participate in at least 8 hours of continuing education.