Master Gardener College 2019

September 19-22, 2019

For the first time in 31 years, Master Gardener College will be held in a new location. The Extension Master Gardener State Coordinator’s Office is proud to announce that next year (2019), Master Gardener College will be held at Hilton Norfolk The Main, a conference center and hotel located in downtown Norfolk.

We’re very excited about this opportunity to draw volunteers from the eastern part of the state and those who may not have been able to travel to Blacksburg for previous colleges, and we’re also excited about the venue we’ve chosen and the different speakers we’ll have access to as well. Holding Master Gardener College in Norfolk offers new opportunities for tours, workshops, and educational speakers who have never been featured at Master Gardener College before.

– Dave Close and the State Coordinator’s Office team

About Master Gardener College

Extension Master Gardener College is a four-day event (with an extra day for those participating in Steward Training) traditionally held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia that includes gardening seminars, tours, workshops, and popular speakers from the horticulture and arboriculture fields.

Each year since 1987, nearly 250 Master Gardeners have attended this event. Master Gardener College is organized and administrated by staff in the office of the Master Gardener Coordinator state Office and by the Master Gardener College Advisory Team.

Check out the Master Gardener College FAQs for more information!

The Main

Hilton Norfolk The Main, our venue for Master Gardener College 2019, is located in downtown Norfolk and offers premium conference space, accommodations, and quick access to all the amenities of Norfolk!

We’ve already reserved a block of rooms at The Main and if you would like to book your room today, you do not need to wait for College registration to open. Click here to learn more about The Main.


Registration Information

Registration for EMG College 2019 is not yet open. Watch your email and the biweekly update for details on when registration will open.

Anticipated registration opening date: Early May 2019

Anticipated rate increase: Mid June 2019

Anticipated public registration opening date: Early July 2019

Anticipated registration closing date: Early August, 2019

Accommodations: Reservations must be made independently of EMG College registration. To book using our conference hotel, please visit Hilton Norfolk The Main’s website.

View our 2018 EMG College Brag Board displays!

Milestone Ceremony: 2017 Milestone Awards

Thank you to all Extension Master Gardeners and congratulations to those who reached important milestones in 2017. Please check out our list of milestone recipients honored at 2018 Master Gardener College!

Thank you to everyone who made 2018 EMG College a success! We had a great time and hope you did too!

View the 2018 EMG College Promo Video

Past Master Gardener College Programs

Take a look at our past college programs! 

MGC 2016

2015 MGC program