Master Gardeners

Each state’s Cooperative Extension provides agricultural and horticultural support and environmental education to its residents. This research-based information originates in the state’s land grant universities and research stations.

The Master Gardener program trains and deploys volunteers to multiply the effective outreach of the Extensions.

  • Nationwide, nearly 100,000 Master Gardeners are active in 50 states and contribute some 5 million service hours to communities each year.
  • Through Virginia Cooperative Extension, some 5,500 Master Gardener volunteers add more than 350,000 hours annually to the services provided by Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.
  • Locally, in 2023, our 200 active Piedmont Master Gardeners and Master Gardener interns provided more than 21,000 hours of volunteer service, bringing scientific knowledge of the best horticulture and landscape management practices to the people of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.