Despite diverse backgrounds, education and experience, Franklin County Master Gardeners (FCMGs), share a love of gardening.  We want to learn more about gardening and use that knowledge and experience to educate others in our community about responsible horticulture and sustainable landscape practices.  We receive 50 hours of specialized training in horticulture and landscaping while working with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) in programs designed to:  ‘enhance the environment through sustainable landscape practices; use horticulture and landscaping to promote community development; produce food,  improve nutrition and food security; and provide positive, educational experiences for youth in horticulture and landscaping.’ 


Our local Franklin County chapter was started in 1994, after their first training class, with 20 members.  

Some of the early projects were :

  • Workshops at the local farmers market 
  • Working in the Cooperative Extension Office to answer gardening call-in questions
  • School programs such as "Teaching Children About Plants"
  • Butterfly and wildflower gardens at Waid Park
  • Garden Planning Guide was published in 2000
  • Grants of $250 were awarded to local schools for implementing teaching gardens

Although they used less electronic communication and more "old fashioned" typing and mailing, the love of gardening was clear, as well as the desire to share that love with others.

The Franklin County Virginia Master Gardeners Association is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax deductible private contributions for the benefit of FCVMGA. The FCVMGA is registered or is in the process of registering to solicit charitable contributions with the appropriate governing authorities in all states requiring registration.

In order to obtain information about our registration or a copy of the current financial statement, please contact: Franklin County Virginia Cooperative Extension 30 Court St. Rocky Mount, VA     540 483 5161