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Preston County Master Gardeners

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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.

How do you join?

The first step is to see if your county offers the program. Many of those in West Virginia do, so even if yours doesn’t, a neighboring county may. Call your local WVU Extension Service Office for information and watch for meetings in your area.

Once you’ve found a program, you’ll get 40 hours of training during a 12-week program where you’ll learn about a variety of things including: botany, plant propagation, entomology, pesticides and pest management, plant disease, soil and fertilizers, turfgrass management, vegetable gardening, gardening equipment, tree fruits, small fruit, pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, indoor plants, herbaceous plants, garden animals and teaching methods.

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.

Call the extension office in Kingwood at (304) 329-1391 to sign up.


The Preston County Master Gardeners meet the first Tuesday of each month, from March through November, at 7:00 PM, usually at the WVU Extension Office in Kingwood, although meetings and field trips are often held in a variety of locations. The Master Gardeners are a group of energetic horticultural enthusiasts that enjoy working with plants, providing services to their communities, and sharing their love for gardening. You do not have to be a certified Master Gardener to attend their monthly meetings.