Northern Neck Master Gardeners


Mission Statement

To educate residents of the four counties that comprise Virginia’s Northern Neck about safe, effective, and sustainable landscape management practices.



The Extension Master Gardener Program is an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) bringing 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 Gardeners are volunteer educators serving Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties. Northern Neck Master Gardeners play a significant role in teaching homeowners responsible gardening, thus helping conserve and protect 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. Extension Master Gardeners 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.

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, the Shoreline Evaluation Program, and a speakers’ bureau with experts on a wide range of gardening and conservation topics.

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.



  • Sustainable gardening and yard care
  • Pest and weed management for homeowners
  • Control of invasive plants
  • Shoreline protection through the Shoreline Evaluation Program


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