Tree Stewards Training at MG College 2009

The Advanced Master Gardener - Tree Steward Training was offered in conjunction with Master Gardener College in 2006 and will be offered again in 2009.  This training is intended to help Units that cannot muster enough participants or instructors to host the training in their home unit.  Core training in both technical areas and in programming will be offered at MG College, but the trainees will be expected to return to their units, and work closely with their Agent and/or Unit Coordinator to complete the exercises required to become an Advanced Master Gardener.


  •  Must be a Master Gardener.  This training is not open to Master Gardener Trainees nor interns.  All participants must have completed all of the requirements to become a Master Gardener prior to commencing this Advanced Master Gardener Training.
  •  Must have the express permission of their local Agent and/or Unit Coordinator.
  • Must pay an additional fee of $75.00 for the additional instruction, and the Handbook

Course of Study:

  •  Candidates will take a prescribed course of study offered at MG College. 



Estimated length of lecture

Time Slot

Hand-book Chapter

Benefits of Trees to the Community & How Volunteers can help the Urban Forest

Frank Reilly

Logistics Management Institute

67 Meyer Lane

Stafford, VA 22556


1 Hour

Wednesday 9-10:00 AM

 Unit 1

Assessing Urban Soils

Frank Reilly



Wednesday 10:00-10:30 AM


 Unit 2






Tree Biology

Frank Reilly

1 Hour

Wednesday 11:00:-12:00 AM

  Unit 2


On your own

1 Hour

Wednesday 12:00:-1:00 PM


Conducting Street Tree Inventories

Service Learning and Laboratory Opportunity

Eric Wiseman, 228B Cheatham Hall (mail code: 0324)Blacksburg, VA 24061


Jen McKee

Department of Forestry 319 Cheatham Hall (mail code 0324) Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office: (540) 231-9115  

1 -5 hours

Wednesday 1:00 - 5:00 PM with a break.

This class will begin and end in Cheatham Hall, but a field exercise (RAIN OR SHINE) is part of this training.  Bring appropriate clothing (Street Shoes, Hat rain gear if needed).

You should make arrangements to have with you both a digital camera and a USB cord to download your pictures. 

Unit 8

Plant Management, & Construction Impacts

Joe Murray, Blue Ridge Community College
P.O. Box 80, Weyers Cave, VA 24486


1 Hour

Thursday 8:30 9:30 AM

 Unit 2

Diseases & Pests

Joe Murray


1 Hour

Thursday 9:30-10:30 AM

 Unit 3




Thursday 10:30 - 11:00 AM


Maintenance Pruning, Wound Closure, & Tree Hazard Prevention

Joe Murray

1 Hour

Thursday 11:00- 12:00 AM

  Unit 7


On your own


Thursday 12:00 AM 1:00 PM


Background Information for Plant Identification & Considerations for Species and Cultivar Selection


Susan Day

Department of Forestry
307 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-7264

1 Hour

Thursday 1:00-2:00 PM

This class will begin and end in Torgersen Hall but will have field work.  Please plan to dress appropriately.

 Unit 4

Specific Uses of Trees & Trees for Various Sites

Susan Day

1 Hour

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM

 Unit 5




Thursday 3:00-3:30 PM


Characteristics of Quality Trees/Basic Tree Care (planting, staking, wrapping, mulching and watering)

Bonnie Appleton

Professor of Horticulture

Phone: (757) 363-3906 

1 Hour

Thursday 3:30-5:00 PM

 Unit 6

Welcome and Update



Friday 8:30-9:00 AM


Beautiful Gardens Update

Fred Duis


Friday 9:00-9:30 AM


Bugs Make The World Go Round

Mike Raupp, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension


Friday 9:30-11:00 AM


To Be Determined

Joe Murray


Friday 11:00-12:00



On your own


Friday 12:00-1:00PM


Where the Heck do I start?

Advanced Master Gardener Programmatic Training

Nancy Franz

3.5 hours with a break

Friday 1:00 5:00 PM

This class is a required part of the training unless you are already an Advanced Master Gardener in another discipline.

Each Chapter and Unit 10

Remarkable Trees of Virginia

Nancy Ross Hugo


Saturday 9:00-9:45 AM


Utility Arboretum, Moore Detention Home Nursery & More

Bonnie Appleton


Saturday 9:45-11:00 AM



Holly Scoggins


Saturday 11:00-12:00


After the Storm: Response to Sever Weather Events

Paul Revell


Saturday 1:30-3:00 PM


Tree Selection for Sustainable Landscaping

Lisa Sanderson


Saturday 3:30-5:00 PM



  • Candidates will return to their Units and work closely with their unit leadership to develop and implement a program for their community based on an assessment of community needs, and the resources available.

  • Candidates will submit their project idea in the form of a report to the State Master Gardener Coordinator for approval.

  • Candidates will implement the approved project, volunteer no less than 30 hours, and report on the outcome of the initial project activities.

  • In order to remain an Advanced Master Gardener - Tree Steward continued volunteer commitment above that required to remain an Master Gardener is required at a level established by the local coordinator and/or Agent.



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