About

Our Mission

To continue educating ourselves in all aspects of gardening and to convey our knowledge to others in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Master Gardener Program.

History of the Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program was established in 1972 in Washington State to meet the needs of the public and home gardener.

The Suffolk Master Gardener program was initiated in 1994. Currently, SMGA holds annual Master Gardener courses on an alternating day/evening class schedule.


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, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.