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Become a Master Gardener in Spring 2022

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WVU Extension Master Gardener training, typically offered through in-person courses organized by WVU Extension offices around the state, will once again be available online via Zoom sessions. 

Something we learned through this COVID-induced way of conducting our training is that many people found it very appealing and wanted to have the online training opportunity again this fall. Some counties are starting to offer in-person sessions, but given the volatility of the COVID situation, the best approach is to have a hybrid platform. 

WVU Extension will continue offering online Master Gardener training classes for the spring, beginning on March 3 through June 30. Classes will be held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

A few training sessions will still be offered in-person. Sessions, like the introductory class, might be offered in-person to allow those in the class to meet and interact with one another. Other sessions, such as plant propagation, pruning and student presentations, might also be offered in-person, if possible. Think of it as having a "lab" that goes along with the “classroom curriculum.”

Please note that all interested participants will still have to go through their local WVU Extension office to sign up for the program and  complete all necessary paperwork. All prospective trainees must undergo the WVU Extension volunteer selection process. This process includes a background check, references and an interview.

Learn more about the WVU Extension Master Gardener Program online: https://extension.wvu.edu/master-gardener-program 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Spring 2022 topics and speakers include:

March 3

Introduction to EMG Program – Chapter 1 – 3 hours

  • History of Extension & Master Gardening with Brian Sparks, WVU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent – Nicholas and Fayette Counties
  • Introduction to Extension Master Gardener Program from Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Specialist – Consumer Horticulture

March 10

Basic Principals of Pruning – Chapter 14 – 3 hours

  • Learn the art and science of pruning. Why do you need to prune, how often, when, and how? These are some of the basic approaches you will get to hear about with Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Specialist – Consumer Horticulture

March 17

An Introduction to Plant Science: Botany – Chapter 3 – 3 hours

  • Introduction to the classification of plants and their nomenclature. Learn about plant parts and their function. Get to know basic principles of plant physiology, environmental factors influencing plant development and growth, and plant nutrition presented by Jeanne Rushin, New River Master Gardener

March 24

An Introduction to Soil Science – Chapter 8 – 3 hours

  • Learn about physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil, learn all about essential elements and their role, learn how to take a sample for testing and how to interpret lab results and use them to correct certain parameters to maintain nutritional balance thus optimal environment for the plant development and growth, and more with Emily Morrow, WVU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent – Jefferson County

March 31

The Art of Bonsai – Chapter 17 – 1 hour

  • An introduction to the ancient art of cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a small, shallow container from Randy Rader, Kanawha County Master Gardener

Indoor Plants – 2 hours

  • Presented by Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Specialist – Consumer Horticulture

April 7

Plant Diseases – Chapter 7 – 3 hours

  • An introduction to the most common plant diseases and environmental conditions favoring disease development. Learn how to recognize common symptoms and their causes as well as ways for their prevention and control with Mahfuz Rahman, WVU Extension Specialist – Plant Pathology

April 14

Turfgrass Management – Chapter 9 – 3 hours

  • Provides instructions from proper grass selection for the given area to establishment and maintenance of a healthy and vigorous lawn presented by Rakesh Chandran, WVU Extension Specialist – Weed Science

April 21

Plant Propagation – Chapter 4 – 2 hours

  • An introduction to the process of sexual and asexual plant multiplication to increase their numbers, perpetuate the species and/or cultivars with Brandy Brabham, WVU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent – Roane County

Grafting – 1 hour

  • One of the vegetative propagation techniques from Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Specialist – Consumer Horticulture

April 28

Tree Fruits – Chapter 12 – 3 hours

  • An introduction to fruit tree establishment considerations, site, rootstock, variety, insect and disease complex, and mineral nutrition with Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Specialist – Consumer Horticulture

May 5

Herbs – 1.5 hours

  • An overview of various herbs’ origins and uses presented by Rosalie Bares, EMG, Berkeley/Jefferson

Pollinators – 1.5 hours

  • Presented by Mary Beth Bennett, WVU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent – Berkeley County

May 12

An Introduction to Entomology – Chapter 6 – 3 hours

  • Get to know the basics of the bug world. Learn how to tell apart the “good guys” from the non-welcomed visitors to our gardens. Learn to recognize the symptoms of various insect injuries and the best methods for their control with Carlos Quesada, WVU Extension Specialist – Entomology

May 19

Woody Ornamentals – Chapter 18 – 3 hours

  • Learn about selecting and caring for woody ornamental plants, including native species and invasive plants from Karen Cox, WVU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent – Ohio County

May 26

Pesticides & Pest Management – Chapter 5 – 3 hours

  • Develop an understanding of pesticide labels, their formulations, safe use of pesticides, safe storage of pesticides, alternatives to pesticides, principles of integrated pest management (IPM), environmental impact of pesticides and more with Carlos Quesada, WVU Extension Specialist – Entomology

June 2

Landscape Design – Chapter 16 – 3 hours

  • Considerations for a good, well-balanced landscape design from Jeanne Rushin, New River Master Gardener

June 9

Vegetable Gardening – Chapter 10 – 3 hours

  • An introduction to vegetable gardening, covering topics from planning and establishments to maintenance and harvest presented by Lewis Jett, WVU Extension Specialist – Commercial Horticulture

June 16

West Virginia Native Plants – Chapter 22 – 3 hours

  • An introduction to some of the wildflowers and woody ornamental natives with David Davis, WV Botanical Garden Gardener

June 23

Wildlife Management – Chapter 20 – 3 hours

  • An overview of wildlife friends and foes presented by Sheldon Owen, WVU Extension Specialist – Wildlife

June 30

Small Fruits – Chapter 13 – 3 hours

  • An introduction to growing blueberries, grapes, brambles, strawberries, gooseberries, currents, elderberries, and other less common small fruit, covering topics from establishment, insect and disease complex management to mineral nutrition considerations with Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Specialist – Consumer Horticulture