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Master Gardeners serve as volunteer educators in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE).  Using research-based data provided by Virginia State University and Virginia Tech, we educate the public about sound landscape management  practices and promote the conservation of natural resources.  Our programs educate the community in all aspects of protecting and enhancing the environment.

​​Our Newport News Master Gardener Activites

What is a Master Gardener?

Newport News MGs may provide one or more of the following services to the city:​

  • Guide in the creation of community gardens.

  • Host information booths at sites and events around the city.

  • Plan and host the Go Green Expo at Brittingham Community Center every September.

  • Maintain and offer educational activities at the Grin & Grow Learning Garden in Riverview Farm Park.

  • Answer horticultural questions from our Help Desk.

  • Hold twice yearly plant sales in support of our scholarship program.

  • Conduct rain barrel workshops.

  • Create horticulture programming in local schools.

  • Provide speakers for the community at libraries, events and club meetings.  You may access our Speaker's Bureau through this link.

  • Offer specialized assistance to the community through our Land Care, Tree and Water Steward programs.

  • Present weekly programming at a local convalescent center.

  • Convert hundreds of pounds of recycled plastic a year into TREX benches that we donate to the community.

What are the Benefits of becoming a Master Gardener?
  • Meet people who share a love of gardening and the environment.
  • Make a contribution and a difference to your community.
  • Grow in your knowledge of horticulture and sustainable gardening.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in local, state and national horticultural events.

How do you become a Master Gardener?

Applications for the 2020 training class will be available this spring, with training beginning in the fall.  If you are interested in becoming a Newport News Extension Master Gardener, you may reach us on our Contact Us page.  Ask to be added to our prospective member list. If you have questions about master gardening, please call 757-591-4838.  We look forward to talking with you!