About the Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program and training are conducted by the West Virginia University Extension Service through the county extension offices. The comprehensive training provides gardeners with the opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills and then share their experience with the public through organized volunteer activities.
Program topics covered include: botany, plant problem diagnosis, soils, ornamentals, pest management, fruits, vegetables, and plant propagation. Extension staff, Master Gardeners, and local area experts serve as class instructors. Typically, the current year’s program application is available in the spring and the training course begins in late summer.
WVU Extension Ag and Natural Resources Agent, Dr. Mary Beth Bennett, serves as the Master Gardener program advisor for the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners. You can contact Dr. Bennett by phone at 304-264-1936 or email.
We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Master Gardener program!
WVU Master Gardener Program Brochure
Application deadline is July, 7, 2017
Classes begin August 21, 2017
View and print the application. * Note application is a fillable PDF that can be filled on your computer but you will need to print it to sign it. *A real signature is required.
We are also pleased to note that we now have a BJEMGA Speaker’s Bureau. WVU Extension Master Gardeners are available to speak on a wide variety of gardening topics.
Our 2016 Training Program Graduates
Eighteen individuals successfully completed the 2016 Fall training program. The graduation ceremony was held November 14 at the Hospice Education Center. These graduates will be fulfilling their 40 hours of volunteer service over the next several months to become fully certified WVU Extension Master Gardeners.
Front row L to R: Srinivas Mahavadi, Annapurna Mahavadi, Mary Ann Harrison, Alana Flynn. 2nd row: Robert Branson, Jennifer Charlebois, Emily Gilmore, Claudia Bentley, James Lusby-Treber, Edward Snyder, Emily Wells, Shannon Keeter Denbow, Mary Beth Bennett (Program Coordinator / Extension Agent). 3rd Row: Louise Finch (MG Class Coordinator), Lawrence Stritch, Ed Guzik, Sandra Wachtel, Philip Diou, B. Lee Snyder. Not shown: Linda Reeves.