Become a Master Gardener
The Master Gardener Intern Program
The 2023 Intern Class is full
The 2023 Intern Training class is full and starts training on Tuesday, January 10. If you are interested in signing up for the 2024 class this is some information on the program. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer educational partnership between Virginia Cooperative Extension and the citizens of the Commonwealth by providing research-based information from both Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities. The Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteer program is one of the ways Virginia Cooperative Extension teaches citizens how to beautify their communities, learn the art and science of horticulture, protect air and water quality, and maintain our environment for future generations. We are proud of the Master Gardener Volunteers who, in exchange for a university supported education in Environmental Horticulture, volunteer their time to share that information with others in their community.
The Chesapeake Master Gardener volunteer program is open to all residents of the City of Chesapeake. Potential applicants attend an orientation session or schedule a meeting with Chesapeake's Horticulture Agent. The training program is extensive. You will attend 50 hours+ of training covering major horticultural topics. The Master Gardener Handbook serves as the text for this training and will be a resource for your use as a Master Gardener volunteer educator. The cost for this class, including access to the Master Gardener Handbook is approximately $150. Classes begin in January of each calendar year, with sessions held twice weekly. Attendance for all of the classes is important; no more than three (3) classes can be missed.
As a Master Gardener Intern you must contribute a minimum of 50 volunteer hours sharing sound horticulture information with the citizens of Chesapeake within 1 year of the completion of the training. To remain an active Master Gardener, you must contribute at least 20 volunteer hours teaching in the community and receive at least 8 hours of approved re-certification training yearly.
We have began the application process for the 2024 class. This is the link to Signup Genius to claim your seat when they become available (limited due to Covid restrictions). If you have not used this system before, you will need to create your own profile with your name, email address and select your password. To sign up for items you click the sign up button after each item then need to scroll down to the bottom of the whole signup and click submit and signup to complete your registration.
The 2023 Class will begin on January 10, 2023. It will be held in the morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The class will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday and will run through graduation on March 28.
Classes are filled on a first come/first served basis, so if you are interested or if you have any questions concerning the Master Gardener program, please contact me at the Chesapeake Extension Office (382-6348).
Extension Agent, Horticulture