The Master Gardener program, conducted throughout the United States and Canada, is a two-part educational effort. Interested gardeners receive many hours of horticulture training. In exchange they volunteer their time to their local university extension agents.Master Gardeners assist with garden lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, school and community gardening, phone diagnostic service, research, and many other projects.Trained to Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) standards in environmental horticulture, Nelson County’s Master Gardener volunteers have operated a Horticultural Help Line since 2002. They answer questions relating to gardening matters and help solve problems with soils, pests and plant diseases. Master Gardeners also operate a Help Desk at the Nelson County Farmers Market during market hours May through September.
For more information on becoming a Nelson County Master Gardener Volunteer please call 434-263-7180.