About Us

Master Gardeners — part of Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. Credible experts and educators provide information, education, and tools that farmers, nurseries, and local gardeners can use every day. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers provide research-based horticultural information to home gardeners in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Our Mission
We provide research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to home gardeners in the community. We do this through several programs.

  • Plant Clinics held in various locations throughout the Fairfax County from May through September.
  • VCE Horticultural Helpline
  • Ready, Set, Grow, our school-based instructional program for children
  • Home Turf, a Virginia Healthy Lawns Program – Master Gardener house calls to help with lawn problems
  • Speakers Bureau – expert speakers for garden clubs or other organization.

The Master Gardener program is funded by annual fees paid by our members. While we receive training materials and technical support from VCE, no federal, state or local government funding is provided to Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. We wish to acknowledge and thank The Merrifield Garden Center for hosting our classes and diagnostic laboratory, and providing other valuable assistance.


You must be a Fairfax County resident to enroll in our program. Volunteers receive training under the auspices of the Virginia and Fairfax County Cooperative Extension offices. Our Master Gardeners attend 30 hours of training for three years and to serve a minimum of 24 volunteer hours per year. Master Gardener certification is usually achieved at the end of the third year. After that, certification is maintained through ongoing continuing education and volunteer service.

Enrollment for the training program that begins in January 2021 is now open. Join us by reviewing the training program, then sign up for the 2021 training before August 2020.