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Solitary Bees: Pollinators at Unique Risk

Presentation by Tim McCoy, Extension Associate
Virginia Tech Entomology


Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases
 in Virginia

Presentation by Dr. David N. Gaines
Public Health Entomologist
VDH-Office of Epidemiology


Bud Ward's Presentation on "Climate Change in Our Own Backyard" 

- January 16, 2019


Emerald Ash Borer Information

Boxwood Blight Information

Ask an Extension Master Gardener


Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly


Monthly Horticultural Tips and Fact Sheets



Listen to Master Gardeners Talk about Their Experiences


Need Assistance Protecting Your Shoreline from Erosion?

Visit Our Teaching Gardens

Science in the Schools

Horticulture as a Therapy

Request a Speaker

Become an Extension Master Gardener


Brochures & Books

Weather Underground PWS KVALANCA5


Butterfly Gardens

"The Lost Summer of 2020: A Perfect Time to Plant Your Butterfly Garden!"

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 Butterflies of the Northern Neck 

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person activities are canceled or postponed.  Virginia Cooperative Extension offices are closed to the public. 

The Northern Neck Master Gardeners are staffing a "remote" Help Desk.  Send your gardening, lawn, or pest questions to helpdesknnmg@gmail.com and we will be happy to assist you. 

Gardening in the Northern Neck will not be rescheduled for 2020. 

Come back for information about GNN 2021.


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, RichmondWestmoreland, 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 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 2017, Northern Neck Master Gardeners contacted more than 19,300 people and contributed 11,857 hours to the community valued at $317,175. In addition, the Northern Neck Master Gardeners' Facebook page reached more than 17,000 people. Statewide there are more than 4,000 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, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Disclaimer: Commercial products named on this web site are for informational purposes only. Virginia Cooperative Extension does not endorse these products and does not intend discrimination against other products which also may be suitable.


For information on erosion control strategies visit:

Shoreline Evaluation Program website

Shoreline Evaluation Program Brochure

Shoreline Evaluation Program Registration and Questionnaire 



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