Who We Are
Northern Neck Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who serve Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties. Our dedicated and active members enjoy a common interest in gardening and community service. As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), we bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the Northern Neck.
The Northern Neck Master Gardener Association was founded in 1989. There are Master Gardener programs in nearly all Virginia counties and in 48 states. Our volunteers receive comprehensive training in horticulture and conservation practices from Virginia Tech and VCE. With the training and internship program comes the obligation for each volunteer to give back to the community through volunteer service hours and to keep current with annual training. We work hand-in-hand with Virginia Tech and VCE to deliver our programs to the public.
Our mission is to educate residents of the four counties that comprise Virginia’s Northern Neck about safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices. Northern Neck Master Gardeners play a significant role in teaching homeowners responsible gardening, thus helping conserve our land and waters.
Our educational programs help individuals make informed choices about what and where to plant, how and when to water and fertilize, how to control pests and how to protect their properties against erosion. We provide information that is unbiased, research-based and targeted to the unique growing conditions and environmental concerns of our largely rural region, bordered by two major river systems and the Chesapeake Bay.
What We Do
Northern Neck Master Gardeners reach out to the community through a variety of educational programs, including seminars and workshops for adults, science enrichment in the schools, teaching gardens, horticultural therapy programs for seniors, and a speakers' bureau with experts on a wide range of gardening and conservation topics.
The public can consult with us one-on-one about their gardening concerns – at our Plant Clinic tables at farmers' markets and special events, by phone and in person at VCE offices in Lancaster, Northumberland and Westmoreland and by email.
The Shoreline Evaluation Program provides site specific feedback to homeowners in response to their shoreline erosion concerns. In 2016, we completed 35 evaluations.
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.