Who are the Master Gardeners?

Virginia Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training. As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Master Gardeners bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.

What do we do?


For more than two decades we have partnered with five inner-city Lynchburg public schools to provide programs for fourth-graders on the importance of healthy soil, composting, plant structure and plant requirements. Each program starts with a lecture complementing VA science SOLs and then moves to a hands-on activity relevant to the topicWe are now teaching the children of those who participated when they were young which is reward enough for the effort. In 2015, we reached 1,163 students!

Community Projects

Summer, of course, is prime time for vegetables – an opportunity to teach not only sustainable land management but good nutrition as well. From March through November, we run a weekly program at the Lynchburg Boys & Girls Club. Last year alone, our MG team guided the harvest of 1,564 pounds of vegetables which were sent home with the very happy youngsters who participated in that garden!

The HCMGA also has projects at Jubilee Family Center, the Juvenile Detention Center and Fairmont Nursing Home; each is tailored to the venue. At DePaul Community Resources, our MGs work with special-needs participants. With the diversity and scope of our projects, we try to reach all in the city of Lynchburg as well as Amherst and Campbell counties.

Help Desk

We staff a help desk at the Lynchburg Cooperative Extension office during the growing season to answer garden questions with VCE research-based information and VT laboratory access. We also accept samples of sick plants or insects for identification. Call the Extension office at 455-3740 or connect to our contact form.

Home Visits

Do you have a question about your flowers, lawn, trees or shrubs? Our Home Visit team is available to diagnose problems in your landscape and suggest remedies. Call the Lynchburg Cooperative Extension Office at 434-455-3740 or contact us to schedule a home visit.

Community Market

Master Gardeners staff an information booth – the Gazebo – at the Lynchburg Community Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays from March through October where the community can come to ask questions or just chat about our shared passion for gardening.

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