Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener?

Start by reading our West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program brochure.

This brochure is also available at the Berkeley Extension office.

About the Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener program and training are conducted by the West Virginia University Extension Service through the county extension offices. The comprehensive training provides gardeners with the opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills and then share their experience with the public through organized volunteer activities.

Program topics covered include: botany, plant problem diagnosis, soils, ornamentals, pest management, fruits, vegetables, and plant propagation. Extension staff, Master Gardeners, and local area experts serve as class instructors. Typically, the current year’s program application is available in the spring and the training course begins in late summer.

WVU Extension Ag and Natural Resources Agent, Dr. Mary Beth Bennett, serves as the Master Gardener program advisor for the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners. You can contact Dr. Bennett by phone at 304-264-1936 or email.


WVU Master Gardener Program Brochure

Master Gardener Applications for the next class will be posted here in Spring 2017.


We are also pleased to note that we now have a BJEMGA Speaker’s Bureau. WVU Extension Master Gardeners are available to speak on a wide variety of gardening topics.

Speaker’s Bureau: Presentation List
Speaker’s Bureau: Request a Presentation Form


Our 2016 Training Program Graduates

Eighteen individuals successfully completed the 2016 Fall training program. The graduation ceremony was held November 14 at the Hospice Education Center. These graduates will be fulfilling their 40 hours of volunteer service over the next several months to become fully certified WVU Extension Master Gardeners.

2016 Class Graduates

Front row L to R: Srinivas Mahavadi, Annapurna Mahavadi, Mary Ann Harrison, Alana Flynn. 2nd row: Robert Branson, Jennifer Charlebois, Emily Gilmore, Claudia Bentley, James Lusby-Treber, Edward Snyder, Emily Wells, Shannon Keeter Denbow, Mary Beth Bennett (Program Coordinator / Extension Agent). 3rd Row: Louise Finch (MG Class Coordinator), Lawrence Stritch, Ed Guzik, Sandra Wachtel, Philip Diou, B. Lee Snyder. Not shown: Linda Reeves.

Congratulations Graduates!!