The many benefits of becoming a Virginia Cooperative Extension Norfolk Master Gardener volunteer are:
• Sharing your horticultural knowledge with friends and neighbors
• Promoting environmental landscaping by helping homeowners reduce chemical use and
protect our water sheds and wetlands
• Assisting in beautifying your community and your neighborhoods
• Teaching youth about good gardening practices thru your schools and community centers
• Learning science-based information from university professionals
• Attending ongoing horticultural classes, workshops and lectures
• Meeting new friends and sharing knowledge with fellow gardeners
To become a VCE Norfolk Master Gardener, a person must be either a resident of the City of Norfolk, Virginia, or an employee of the City of Norfolk, Virginia, or an employee the Commonwealth of Virginia and also must be engaged in a horticultural occupation within the City of Norfolk, Virginia.
For an application and information packet call: 757-683-2816
Our VCE Norfolk Master Gardener training is a 10 week program that includes classroom lectures and instructional field trips. The sessions will be held at various City of Norfolk venues.
The training session for 2018 is being developed.
We hope to hold the classes beginning the first part of February 2018 with graduation in mid April.
Our fee for 2018 is $135. This covers the cost of the training materials to include the VCE Master Gardener Volunteer Handbook, educational handouts for the classroom portion of the training, refreshments and the mandatory background check . Scholarships are available through the Norfolk Master Gardener Association.
Upon completion of the class hours and an open book test, trainees will begin their internship as a VCE Norfolk Master Gardener. The intern has to complete 50 hours of work on VCE NMG approved projects during the next year. Once the internship period and hours have been completed, VCE Master Gardener Volunteer status has been achieved.
To maintain your VCE NMG status, each year you must complete a minimum of 32 volunteer hours (including travel time) working on VCE NMG projects and attend 8 hours of educational training classes. Volunteering, learning and teaching are such a great reward and so much fun while doing something you enjoy.