Junior Master Gardener Program

Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H invites you to join our Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program. The JMG program is a fun youth gardening program modeled after the highly successful adult Master Gardener program. It offers horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities.

The program includes 26 classes over fall and spring. Classes will be led by trained Master Gardener volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 or more adults for each class). Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide garden space for some of the gardening projects. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to become certified Junior Master Gardeners through hands-on learning, community service, and leadership projects.

Youth will be encouraged to work towards JMG certification, though this is not required. Details about certification will be explained at the first meeting.

Ages: Open to all county youth (4-H and non 4-H members) in grades 3 through 5
Dates: Fall Dates – every Wednesday, August 23 through November 15, 2017
Spring Dates – will be announced following the fall sessions but will also be on Wednesdays
Times: Classes (fall and spring) will run from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hahn Horticulture Garden and Pavilion, Virginia Tech Campus
Cost: $50 per semester ($100 total) – This fee covers a JMG student handbook for each student, class supplies, and recognition items (chapter medals and final certification medal).

Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Virginia Tech”. Pay only $50 for the fall classes. For all students continuing in the spring (required for certification), we will collect the second $50 prior to the first class. If financial assistance is needed, we can work with you on some different payment options. Please contact one of the JMG coordinators for more information or to request a financial assistance application (contact information listed below).

Register: To register, complete a 4-H health history form. You can download the form at this link

Return the form with your payment to Stephanie Huckestein, Hahn Horticulture Garden, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Upon receipt of your registration, we will e-mail you directions and other information, so please be sure to print your home e-mail address legibly and clearly. If you do not have internet or e-mail access, please call our office at 382-5790. We will mail you a health history form and other information about the program. Registration deadline for the fall classes is August 16th. Registration for the spring classes will begin at the conclusion of the fall classes.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Huckestein (231-5970, vtgarden@vt.edu) or Michelle Dickerson (382-5790, adickerson@vt.edu).