Portsmouth Master Gardeners

Portsmouth Master Gardener Classes

The 2018 Portsmouth Master Gardener Class will begin February 1, 2018 and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 noon, until April 26. A mid-morning snack will be provided.

Please read the Letter to Applicants and review the Training Schedule below for details. If you are interested in this class, complete the application and submit it by December 29, 2017.


Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who assist Cooperative Extension Agents in disseminating evidence-based horticultural information to members of their communities.


Master Gardener Trainees complete 50+ hours of classroom instruction in subjects such as basic botany; soils & fertilizers; plant propagation; diagnosing plant damage; pesticide use & safety; trees & shrubs; lawn & turf management; pruning; landscape design; water quality; and organic practices.


After classroom instruction has been satisfactorily completed, the trainee becomes a Master Gardener Intern. Interns are required to volunteer an additional 50 hours during their first year before becoming an official VCE Master Gardener. Active Master Gardeners must receive an additional 8 hours of advanced training and volunteer at least 20 hours each year to remain a VCE Master Gardener.


If you have questions, contact Cyndi Wyskiewicz, Horticulture Extension Agent, at 757-393-5314 or Cyndiw@vt.edu.