Education for children

We bring horticultural science from Virginia’s land grant universities to gardeners of all ages to benefit the community and the landscape.

WhatWeDoBodyCROPCrozetMarketWeb2After extensive training, Master Gardeners provide free or low cost programming and information to the public by staffing help desks, speaking at public events, writing articles, and partnering with other community organizations, gardens, and educational facilities.

Horticulture Help Desks

Get answers to your gardening questions at the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office on Stagecoach Road, or at farmers markets around Charlottesville. Ask your gardening questions at these locations.

School and Community Gardens

Student gardens at two area schools—Clark Elementary and Jackson-Via Elementary—benefit from Master Gardener expertise and teaching. Master Gardeners consult on community gardens, and assist other organizations with educational programming around gardens.

Gardening Grants

The Piedmont Master Gardener Association, a volunteer organization within the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), offers grants to Grades K-12 educators in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County. These grants are dedicated exclusively to education related to horticulture and or gardens.

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for 2019 grants.  Please download the 2019 School Grant Guidelines and the 2019 School Grant Application to learn about the program and apply.

Deadline for Application is February 28, 2019.

Healthy Virginia Lawns

Do you have a lawn that needs improvement or are you concerned about the impact of over fertilizing your lawn on the environment? The Piedmont Master Gardeners have a program that you should consider. The program is called Healthy Virginia Lawns and provides scientifically researched information customized for your lawn. The program involves a visit by a master gardener, a soil test, and lawn evaluation and measurement. Data from the soil test and measurement are used to create a customized nutrient management plan for your lawn. Following the plan should reduce maintenance, and save on water and fertilizer. The cost of the program is $25 which includes the $10 fee for the soil test.

This is a year round program unless the soil is frozen.  Now is the time to start getting ready for the new growing season.  For questions or to schedule an appointment email or download our brochure with the enrollment form.  You can also take a look at our Pre-visit Survey.

Demonstration Gardens

See gardening best management practices applied at three local area gardens that Master Gardeners have created for public education. Locations of demonstration gardens.

Educational Exhibits

Look for our exhibits on gardening and environmental horticulture at area fairs and festivals. Submit your best vegetables to the Albemarle County Fair, where Master Gardeners accept, display, and judge entries.


Hear well-known speakers on current gardening topics at our four-evening Spring Lecture Series. See the Events page for dates and details.  Online registration is available here.

Speakers bureau

Our Speakers Bureau matches Master Gardener experts to the gardening interests of other community organizations. Contact us if your organization would like a speaker.

Master Gardeners teach gardening courses in cooperation with other organizations, such as:

  • Albemarle County Regional Jail re-entry program for women
  • Open Doors program of Albemarle County Public Schools
  • 4-H Junior Master Gardener program

Garden Guides

Master Gardeners serve as docents for “Through the Garden Gate” tours of established local gardens held each month, April–September, in partnership with local garden clubs. See the Events page for dates and details.

Volunteers enlighten visitors from around the world each April during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, and as ambassadors in the Monticello gardens from April–November.


Plant Sharing

Buy affordable plants from our members’ own gardens and greenhouses, offered to the public at our Plant Sale in May. See the Events page for dates and details.


Piedmont Master Gardeners write on gardening topics for newsletters and regional gardening magazines and also publish a monthly online newsletter, The Garden Shed. To be notified when new issues are available, sign up using the form to the right.