Advanced Master Gardeners: Water


Master Gardeners wishing to become Advanced Master Gardener: Water 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: Water Handbook is divided into 10 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.


  • 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 for the additional instruction, and the Handbook

Course of Study:

Candidates will take a prescribed course of study.  This year (2013) the classes will be offered at MG College. In addition to the Advanced Master Gardener Technical Training offered Wednesday all day, and Thursday in the morning, Advanced Master Gardener Water Quality will participate in a Special Learning Experience on Thursday afternoon (i.e. do not register for any other tours!). All participants will take all of the following courses.

The curriculum will include the following subject areas:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Advanced Master Gardener Water Steward
    • Groundwater Basics
    • Non-Point Source Pollution
    • Introduction to Advanced Master Gardeners
  • Unit 2 Understanding Plant-Soil-Water Relationships
    • Effects of Soils on Water Quality
    • Erosion & Runoff Techniques for reducing Negative Soil Impacts on Water Quality
  • Unit 3 Protecting Water Quality through Better Turf Management
    • Best Management Practices for Lawns and Turf
  • Unit 4 Protecting Water Quality with Landscape Design
    • Landscape Design and Use to Protect Water Quality
    • Yardwaste Management
  • Unit 5 Protecting Water Quality through Better Irrigation Practices
    • Importance of Irrigation Practices to Water Quality
    • Better Irrigation Practices
  • Unit 6 Pesticide Management
    • Pesticides and How They Affect Water Quality
    • Proper Pesticide Use Pesticide Alternatives
  • Unit 7 Nutrient Management
    • Nutrients and Water Quality
    • Understanding Nitrogen Nutrient Management Techniques
    • Fertigation Techniques
  • Unit 8 Septic System Management
    • Septic Systems and
    • Maintenance of Well Sites
  • Unit 9 Low Impact Development (LID)
    • Principles of LID
    • Rain harvesting techniques
    • Rain Gardens
  • Unit 9 Extension Programming
  • Unit 10 Presentation and final plan required after class work and additional Service Projects


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Last modified: 09/10/13