How Do I Become an EMG?

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:

  • Botany
  • Soils & fertilizer
  • Entomology (insects)
  • Propagation
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Turf
  • Woody plants
  • Herbaceous plants
  • Water quality
  • Pruning
  • Plant pathology (diseases)
  • Plant damage (diagnosis)
  • Pesticides
  • 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.