Land Care



Advanced Master Gardeners – Land Care Steward

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Master Gardeners wishing to become Advanced Master Gardener – Land Care Stewards will need to purchase a copy of the Handbook and complete programmatic training. This Handbook is available from the Office of Consumer Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Click here to find out how to obtain copies of both required texts.

The Advanced Master Gardener – Land Care Handbook is divided into 6 Units of study. Use the links below to access the Units and their contents. The goals for each unit are given on the page devoted to each unit of study as is a suggested reading list, and a number of learning resources including PowerPoint presentations, links to on-line publications, and other sources for useful material.


Unit 1 Becoming a Master Gardener Land Care Steward

Unit 2 Land Care Planning And Management To Reduce Yardwaste

Unit 3 Reusing Yardwaste

Unit 4 Recycling Yardwaste: Composting

Unit 5 Stewardship At The Wildland-Urban Interface

Unit 6 Programming and Project Planning

Note that many of the documents on this web site require specialized software to view. Check out our free Downloads page to obtain the necessary software.


Editors: Francis J. Reilly, Jr. The Reilly Group

Sarah Lineberger, Virginia State Master Gardener Coordinator (previous)

Sheri T. Dorn, Virginia State Master Gardener Coordinator (previous)

Project Directors: Diane Relf Extension Specialist, Environmental Horticulture

Dave Close, Virginia State Master Gardener Coordinator

Project Monitor: Barb Stewart , US National Park Service

Funding provided in part by:

National Park Service

Virginia Cooperative Extension

©2005 All Rights Reserved

Department of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Blacksburg , VA 24061-0327

No part of this handbook can be reprinted without the written permission of the original editor or copyright holder. For more information please contact Dave Close, State Master Gardener Coordinator, Office of Consumer Horticulture, 407 Saunders Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327