The many benefits of becoming a 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 Norfolk Master Gardener Association member, 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 Virginia Cooperative Extension-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 2016 is being developed.  We hope to hold the classes begining the first part of February 2016 with graduation in mid April.

Our fee in 2015 was $175.  This covers the cost of the training materials to include the Master Gardener Volunteer Handbook, educational handouts for the classroom portion of the training and refreshments. Partial 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 Norfolk Master Gardener Volunteer (NMGV). The intern has to complete 50 hours of work on NMGV approved projects during the next year. Once the internship period and hours have been completed, Master Gardener Volunteer status has been achieved.

To maintain your NMGV status, each year you must complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours working on 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.