Learn. Teach. Share your passion with other gardeners. Join us in making our community’s natural environment more beautiful and productive.

Is Master Gardening right for you?

  • Do I want to learn more about growing plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense
    training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with others?
  • Do I have time to perform required volunteer service?


If accepted into the Master Gardener program, you will be expected to attend a course of approximately 70 hours of class instruction.

Classes on topics ranging from soils to landscaping to integrated pest management are taught by Virginia Cooperative Extension agents, specialists, and local experts.

The training course begins in February and goes through May. Classes are held every Monday from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the 5th St Ext Albemarle County Office Building and at field sites in the county.

The cost of the course is $190, and need-based scholarships are available.  While going through the training course, each Trainee will have a Master Gardener as a mentor and will be expected to complete an examination at the conclusion of the course.


In exchange for training, participants are required to volunteer time with the Albemarle office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

To earn the title of certified Master Gardener, you must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within one year. Thereafter, to maintain Master Gardener status, you must give at least 20 hours of service each year, and complete 8 hours of approved continuing education.

As representatives of Virginia Cooperative Extension, volunteers must follow the research-based recommendations of VCE. The Master Gardener designation may not be used to promote commercial horticultural services.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Encourage and promote your values of environmental stewardship
  • Make your community a more beautiful place
  • Connect with other gardeners
  • Grow new skills while bettering the community
  • Learn how to be more successful gardener

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 Master Gardener training program are being accepted from October 1st – December 1st, 2019.  Applications packets are available for download, in person at the VCE office, and at our information session events.

Please submit the application materials to the address below c/o Scott Boven, or email. Admission is limited to the 25 most qualified applicants. Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you regarding scheduling an interview.


If you have any questions about the program and application process, please contact Scott Boven, (434) 872-4581.


drop by the Virginia Cooperative Extension at the
Albemarle County Office Building #5, 2nd floor,
460 Stagecoach Road, Charlottesville VA 22904-6441