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Advanced Master Gardener: Water

Training at MG College June 19-23, 2013

The Advanced Master Gardener Water Training will be offered in conjunction with Master Gardener College 2013. 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.

Learn more about Advanced Master Gardener: Water on the Stewards Page.


  • 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 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

Required Classes will include: COMING SOON!

  • After College
    • Master Gardeners will be required to return to their units, consult with their Agent, assess community needs and develop a project.
    • Those taking the course for credit will be required to develop an educational and/or service project dealing with water quality.


Contact Information

Postal address
67 Meyer Lane Stafford, VA 22556-3430
Electronic mail
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