Master Gardeners of Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties

How you can  become a Master Gardener
What is a Master Gardener?
 Our mission is to educate Fauquier and Rappahannock County residents about safe, effective and sustainable garden management practices.  For more information on our projects click on "Serving Fauquier"&"Serving Rappanhock".

Who are Master Gardeners?
Individuals should possess two attributes: 

    1. A willingness to give back to the community through volunteerism
    2. An enthusiasm for learning the fundamentals of gardening 

You do not need previous gardening experience. 

How do I become a Master Gardener?
Becoming a Extension Master Gardener begins with 50 hours of classroom education. It provides training in many topics including botany, pruning, pest management, soils, insects, and various types of plants. After completion of this course, interns than complete 50 hours of hands-on training through volunteer activities available in our community.

Here is a link to a video about our master gardener group.

When and where can I become a Master Gardener? 
The course is typically held from January to April with classes meeting once a week. The majority of the classes are taught at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Warrenton. However, classroom field trip/laboratory work is conducted at local sites. COVID precautions are in place for the 2021 class.

Is there a cost in becoming a Master Gardener? 
The fee is $250.00 after Dec 16th the fee is $300.00.  The fee covers your soil test, reading material, lab supplies, background screening, guest speaker fees, shirt, and other class supplies. If there is a financial need, scholarships are available; contact us for more details.

Is there advanced education for Master Gardeners? 
All active Extension Master Gardeners who have completed their internship are invited to participate in Master Gardener College, an annual advanced training program held in June on the Virginia Tech campus. In addition, there are monthly educational sessions by the Master Gardener Association along with other opportunities throughout the year. If you have further questions, please contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-341-7950 x1 or Tim Ohlwiler at 540-341-7950 x3