What is The Master Gardener Program?The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program provides people interested in gardening with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills by taking part in a focused, 13 week training program that provides in-depth training in various aspects of horticulture including pest management, fruits, vegetables, and plant propagation.
The Master Gardener program is designed to train individuals in horticultural knowledge and to provide opportunities to share that knowledge with other county residents through Cooperative Extension programs on a volunteer basis. Master Gardeners are volunteers who have a strong interest in gardening techniques and a desire to help others.
Forty hours of training are provided by Extension and other professionals at a central location in Weirton. The cost of the Master Gardener manual is approximately $85.00. Subject areas include plant and soil sciences, plant propagation, insects and diseases, vegetables, pruning, composting, small fruits and fruit trees, and pesticide safety, to name a few.
In exchange for the training they receive, participants agree to:
- Provide 40 hours of volunteer service the first year, through Extension, to the public.
- After the first year, Master Gardeners provide 20 hours of community service and take 10 educational hours to maintain their certification.
Master Gardeners in the Tri-State Area Master Gardener Association come from Brooke and Hancock Counties in West Virginia and surrounding counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
If you are interested in applying to become a Master Gardener, you may download the application from our “Forms” page and mail it to: