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Master Gardener (ESVMG) Basic Training Course for 2023 is now accepting applications.  To apply, go to the following online link: .  Please contact Christine Williams, if more information or assistance is needed.    

    Tuition is $125.00

Applications must be received by December 30, 2022

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Master Gardeners encourage residents of Accomack and Northampton Counties with an interest in gardening to join the 2023 trainee class, which will be held on Wednesdays starting January 11 and ending April 26, 2023 from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm at the Virginia Tech Agricultural and Research Center, 33446 Research Drive, Painter, Virginia 23420.       

The Master Gardener program is sponsored statewide by Virginia Cooperative Extension and locally by the Accomack County Extension Office.   Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who provide research-based information from Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities for the local community.  All members of the 2023 Master Gardener Trainee Class will receive  intensive classroom training and must pass a final examination before being certified as “Master Gardener Interns”. 


Upon completion of the classroom training, all interns are then required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours during the first year on any Master Gardener projects located on the Eastern Shore to become a Virginia Cooperative Extension (EMG) Master Gardener.


The Master Gardener program provides invaluable training and educational opportunities for the interns.  The volunteer aspect of the program allows the members to dedicate their time and talents to educate the community and enhance and improve the Eastern Shore of Virginia by utilizing the science and art of horticulture.                             


If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Theresa Long Pittman at 757-787-1361 ext. 14 during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.