Welcome to the Northern Neck Master Gardener (NNMG) web site, your gateway to responsible, science-based gardening information for Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties. We are an organization of volunteers with a common interest in gardening and community service.
The 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 and Westmoreland 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 web site 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 teaching 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.
The Northern Neck Master Gardener Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Annually, we contribute thousands of volunteer hours in the four counties of the Northern Neck. In 2014, our volunteers contacted over 45,000 people and contributed 9,717 service hours, valued at $213,774.00 to the community. Statewide there are more than 5,500 active Master Gardener volunteers serving almost all of Virginia's counties and independent cities.
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.