Welcome to the Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG) website, your gateway to responsible, science-based gardening information for Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, and Essex Counties. We are an organization of volunteers with a common interest in gardening and community service.
The Extension Master Gardener Program is an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) drawing on the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities – Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Working with Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, and Essex Counties, we are able to bring the knowledge and expertise of Virginia’s land-grant universities to the people of the Northern Neck.
Our organization supports a variety of programs specifically targeted to the unique growing conditions and environmental concerns of our largely rural region, which is bordered by two major river systems and the Chesapeake Bay. Activities highlighted on this website include science enrichment programs in the schools; seminars and workshops for gardeners; gardening advice; horticultural therapy for seniors; a speakers’ bureau; shoreline advisory services; and specialized gardens demonstrating basic gardening principles.
We invite you to attend our programs, visit our demonstration gardens, and come to us with your gardening questions. You can reach us by email, by visiting or calling Virginia Cooperative Extension offices, and by stopping by our booths at farmers markets and special events throughout the area.