The New River valley Master Gardeners Association is social group open to volunteers and affiliates of the Master Gardeners program in the counties of Pulaski, Montgomery, Giles, Floyd, and the city of Radford.  The Master Gardens program is an extension of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, in which a network of trained volunteers provide free community education about topics such as home gardening, landscape management, and sustainable agriculture throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

General About the Organization/Mission

The Master Gardeners program is a branch of the Virginia Cooperative Extension that seeks to bring the resources and expertise of Virginia’s land-grant universities to the people of the commonwealth and to promote sustainable agricultural practices. Volunteers complete 50 hours of class time and complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer time teaching environmentally sound landscaping practices in their communities. Training classes cover topics such as Botany, Pesticide Safety and Use, Trees and Shrubs, Soil & Water Conservation, and Integrated Pest Management. Master Gardeners serve as a resource for all VCE program areas and a variety of organizations, both public and private, and they provide services such as answering individual questions via hotlines and plant clinics, establishing community gardens in low-income areas, preserving historic landscapes, and increasing the opportunities for citizens of all abilities, incomes, and locations to access the natural environment.

Basic Info

Type of Organization

Non-profit

Website

 http://civic.bev.net/nrvmga/

Primary Contact

Erica Jones 

[email protected]

Social Media

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-River-Valley-Master-Gardener-Association/488502647889236

Issues of Focus

Educational programs that the VCE Master Gardeners are built around the following three principles, all of which focus on sustainable landscape practices:

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Economic and Social Impact of Horticulture
  • Food Safety 

History of Organization

The first Master Gardner program was established in Washington State in 1972, and it has since expanded to all fifty states. The Mid-1980s

Programs and Projects 

For more information on any of the projects below, please visit the NRV Master Gardener’s Website at http://civic.bev.net/nrvmga/projects/projects.htm

  • Appalachian Trail Service
  • Belview Elementary Giving Garden
  • Children’s Garden at Pulaski YMCA
  • Christiansburg Library
  • Christiansburg Presbyterian Church “Adopt a Plot”
  • Christiansburg WIC Community Garden
  • Claudia’s Garden
  • E-Squared at the Gilbert Linkous Elementary
  • Fairview Community Garden- Dublin
  • Fairview Home Garden Club- Dublin
  • Floyd County High CTE Building Revitalization
  • Gardening with the Very Young
  • Gilbert Linkous Elementary Second Grade Garden
  • Hahn Horticulture Garden
  • Huckleberry Trail Tree Diversity Enhancement
  • International Peace Garden at the Cranwell International Center
  • Kenland Farm Dining Services Garden
  • Micah’s Garden
  • Montgomery Museum Garden
  • NRV Juvenile Detention Home
  • Pandapas Pond Pollinator Habitat
  • Plant Clinics and Educational Workshops at Allison’s Greenhouse
  • Price’s Fork Elementary Gardens
  • Pulaski County 4-H Garden and Horticulture Programs
  • Pulaski County Library Children’s “Zoo” Garden
  • Radford Library “Dig into Gardening” Summer Program
  • Recovery Garden- Raform
  • Smithfield Plantation
  • Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Landscaping
  • Soybean Breeding at Kentland Farm
  • The Triangle- Craig County

Partners and Frequent Collaborators 

  • Virginia Cooperative Extension