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Kanawha County Master Gardeners

Kanawha County Master Gardeners Invite You to Grow with Us!

The West Virginia University Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer educational program meeting the horticultural needs of everyday West Virginians. The program trains volunteers, utilizing their expertise to teach others more about plants, their culture, their importance to the environment and to our quality of life.

Master Gardener volunteers provide technical assistance to their local county Extension office in order that consumer horticultural activities and programs can be more effectively and efficiently delivered to more people.

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Who wants to be in the Kanawha County Extension Master Gardener Class of 2020?

New Fall Class begins August 20!

Contact Information: Susan Johnson 304-380-1114

Apply to be a Master Gardener

Kanawha County offers Master Gardener training for individuals interested in increasing their horticultural, gardening, and small-scale food production knowledge and then applying that knowledge as a certified volunteer Master Gardener in service to others.


The curriculum includes lectures, weekly quizzes, a presentation, and a final exam. There is also an off-site half-day hands on pruning class. Please note that you are required an 80% attendance to graduate. We work closely with other counties with makeup classes if not able to attend ours.

Training starts with orientation on Thursday, August 20.


The program costs $150, which covers the extensive study manual as well as name badges, insurance, and miscellaneous class expenses. Please be prepared to pay this fee by the orientation meeting.


To achieve their initial certification Master Gardeners must complete 40-hours of volunteer service working in community gardens or doing other horticulturally related activities that benefit the community.

Some examples of volunteer activities our current Association members are involved in include: Harry’s Garden at Coonskin, Sojourner’s Shelter gardens, Manna Meal garden, and Café Appalachia garden, WVU Extension Outdoor Classroom, and public school Junior Master Gardener programs. The Association increases horticultural knowledge with its annual Spring into Gardening and Plant Sale events. The class coordinator and the KCEMG Association will help you with many opportunities to complete your service requirement.

How to Apply

Apply by completing the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application at the link below. Note that the application asks for two references. Please include two individuals who are not related to you that we may call.

Apply to be a Master Gardener

Applications are first come, first serve. All applications must be received by June 30.

Please scan and email your completed applications to Susan Johnson.

Alternately, you may mail your application to:

WVU Extension Kanawha County Office
Equities House
Attn: Kerri Wade
3rd Floor
900 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301