Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) is an organization of volunteers who work with the staff of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to encourage and promote environmentally sound gardening practices. MGNV members must complete over 60 hours of combined classroom and in the field training, as well as 60 hours of volunteer work as interns to become certified by Virginia Tech as VCE Master Gardeners. Additional volunteer work and continuing education are required each year to maintain certification.

Through VCE, MGNV volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually to community education programs in Arlington County and Alexandria City. We maintain five demonstration gardens that illustrate the wide variety of plants that grow well in our area as well as overall garden care. We operate plant clinics in farmers’ markets and a public library as well as at special events. We field a wide range of gardening questions through a help desk, at the Arlington County VCE office. We conduct public workshops in such areas as container gardening, composting, and lawn care. We support horticulture therapy and schoolyard gardening projects, and we respond to other community needs as they arise.

MGNV was founded in 1985 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Our volunteers have become a central part of VCE’s efforts to provide residents of Arlington County and the City of Alexandria with up-to-date, reliable, researched based information about gardening practices that protect the environment and promote sustainability.

Contact Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Kirsten Buhls
VCE Agriculture and Natural resources Agent
3308 South Stafford Street
Arlington, Virginia  22206
Phone: 703-228-6400
Fax: 703-228-6590


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Alexandria City County, Virginia
  • Arlington County, Virginia

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