Become a Henrico Master Gardener Volunteer

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What is required to become a Henrico Master Gardener?

To become a Henrico Master Gardener, individuals must attend at least 50 hours of classroom instruction and then contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service conducting VCE horticulture-based, education programs. These initial 100 hours must be completed in one year. At the end of the year, individuals will earn the title of Henrico Master Gardener volunteer.

Henrico Master Gardeners who desire to remain active after completing their initial training and volunteer commitments are required to contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer service each year. Additionally, in order keep knowledge up-to-date, Henrico Master Gardeners must participate in at least 12 hours of continuing education training annually. For more information on the Henrico Master Gardener program, please visit our website.

OK, I’m interested! Now what do I do?

Complete the Henrico Master Gardener Application including the questionnaire, and fax, mail, or email it to the Henrico Extension Office.  Also, provide a minimum of two (2) reference letters to be mailed to the Henrico Extension Office by the reference. Application and reference letters are due by the last Friday in October. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted by a veteran Henrico Master Gardener who will schedule a virtual interview with you before the end of November. Virtual classes are scheduled to meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am from late January to the end of March.


There is a $200 fee to cover costs of training materials.

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. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Henrico Extension Office at 804-501-5160/TDD* during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to application due date.   *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Contact Us

Ed Olsen
(804) 501-5160
(804) 501-5169 (fax)

Extension Office

Physical Address
8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico Government Complex
Human Services Building
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-5160

(804) 501-5169

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775


Office hours:
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EST,
Monday through Friday

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