Cabell County Master Gardeners
The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program provides people interested in gardening with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills by taking part in Basic/Level 1 and Advanced/Level 2 training programs that provide in-depth training in various aspects of horticulture.
The program helps residents better understand horticultural and environmental issues through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools, parks, public institutions, community organizations, and locations throughout the state.
Benefits of becoming a WVU Extension Master Gardener
Among the many benefits for getting involved with the WVU Extension Master Gardener program, here are the highest-ranking ones:
- Getting to know more about gardening and horticulture to expand personal horizons and be able to help others
- Significant improvements in quality of life, including physical activity, social activity, self-esteem and nutrition
- Offers opportunities for professional development through continuing training opportunities
- Meeting like-minded people and engaging in the garden activities you are passionate about
- Opportunities to assume responsibility
- Encourages individual independence
- Gaining respect in the community for your newly developed horticultural skills
- Flexibility to conduct volunteer work
How do you join?
The first step is to contact your county office and ask about the training program. Under normal circumstances, the WVU Extension Master Gardener Program
is offered through our
local WVU Extension offices
. The training program has been migrated to an online-hybrid platform. You
will still need to contact your local WVU Extension office to go over the registration,
fees, paperwork and how to get the manuals.
The Fall 2022 training series will run from August 25 until November 22. Classes will be held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Over the course of the 17-session online training program, you will receive 54 hours of instruction in a variety of topics, including botany, plant propagation, entomology, pesticides and pest management, plant disease, soil science and nutritional management, turfgrass management, vegetable gardening, tree fruits, small fruit, pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, indoor plants, herbaceous plants, garden wildlife management and West Virginia native plants. View the complete fall training schedule here.
From there, pass a test and complete 40 hours of initial volunteer work and you’ll have earned the right to call yourself a WVU Extension Master Gardener.Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application
Extension Master Gardener Policy Statement & Guidelines
Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement
Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Code of Conduct
Get out and help others grow while you grow your knowledge! Each year, a WVU Extension Master Gardener must complete 20 volunteer hours and 10 additional hours of horticulture training. Opportunities to volunteer are numerous, everything from helping your local WVU Extension agent answer questions to community beautification projects, coordinating school gardening programs to helping maintain the demonstration garden at the state fairgrounds in Fairlea — just to name a few.
There are numerous opportunities to connect with fellow Master Gardeners, not only in your community, but also across the state. The West Virginia Master Gardener Association hosts an annual conference that allows Master Gardeners from all over West Virginia to share ideas and projects and learn from expert speakers and interactive tours.
If you have questions about the program, contact your local WVU Extension office to get started today.
How to order a WVU Extension Master Gardener Manual
County Master Gardener Program coordinators are responsible for signing up new trainees and will take care of ordering the manuals for those participants. Each coordinator will submit their county’s manual order to the WVU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources office by contacting Carra Higgins ( Carra.Higgins@mail.wvu.edu) or Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator ( Mira.Danilovich@mail.wvu.edu). The office will prepare the invoice and send it with the shipment of the manuals.
Manuals are available in two formats: a printed version and an electronic version. Printed manuals are $75, and the electronic version is $30. You will find all the related information covered in 22 chapters across more than 1,000 pages.
Master Gardener Member Resources
The 2022 West Virginia Master Gardener Course will begin on March 3rd and run weekly on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 PM through June 30th. This class will be primarily Zoom-based but the Cabell County Master Gardeners will be offering an in-person viewing opportunity in the WVU Extension-Cabell County Office located in Milton, WV.
The charge for the course will be either $50 for the non-printable PDF West Virginia Master Gardener Manual or $100 for the physical book. To register for the Cabell County Master Gardeners' Course, visit https://bit.ly/2022CCMGClass.
For more information contact WVU Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Evan Wilson at 304-743-1342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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