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Left to Right - Carly Griffith, Beth Sastre, Sue Naille, Kim Monroe, Karen McCollum, Jim Hilleary, and Stuart Vermaak (not pictured: Maria Flores-Beserra

The Loudoun County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Loudoun County improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (VCE MG)

2019 Training Class


VCE MGs serve as volunteer educators and assist the Loudoun County Extension office in their mission of delivering a variety of educational programming to county residents.  As Extension MGs (EMGs) our educational programming focus for residents is on safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices.  Our VCE MG mission is to provide unbiased research-based horticultural information to residents and is delivered under the auspices of Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension.


The training period to attain certification as a VCE MG is divided into two phases. The first phase is comprised of approximately 60 hours of classroom learning and is designed to provide a thorough understanding of all areas in horticulture and includes topics such as botany, soils, plant disease, turf grasses and pruning. Classes are taught by experienced industry professionals, advanced trained VCE educators and professors.


Upon successful completion of the classroom phase, you become an Intern. The internship period runs through December 31st and incorporates 75 hours of volunteering. It is designed to provide practical hands-on learning under the guidance of experienced VCE MGs.


The classroom portion of the training is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 12:30pm at the Loudoun County Extension Office.  In addition, several classes are held offsite and may continue into the afternoon hours.  Also, several, optional, “Lunch N Learns” will be held at 12:30pm, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions on pertinent topics or learn additional material relevant to local projects.


Classes start on January 29, 2019.  For more information and application forms go to



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