Nelson County Master Gardeners Association

Master Gardeners assist with garden lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, school and community gardening, phone diagnostic service, research, and many other projects.

Trained to Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) standards in environmental horticulture, Nelson County’s Master Gardener volunteers have operated a Horticultural Help Line since 2002. They answer questions relating to gardening matters and help solve problems with soils, pests and plant diseases.

Master Gardener volunteers are available primarily on Mondays following the Nellysford Farmers Markets for telephone consultations, but staff members are always happy to take messages at any time and pass them on to the Master Gardeners. The Farmers Market "Roadshow" version of the Help Desk operates at Nellysford every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon from May through September.

Callers or visitors to either Help Desk site can get information about their ailing plant by providing some basic information such as the name of the plant, location, lighting conditions, water conditions, and general appearance. It’s also very helpful for the Master Gardeners to see a specimen from the plant, including both a healthy and a diseased section. If the Master Gardeners or the Extension Agent cannot identify the plant’s problem, a specimen can be sent to Virginia Tech for further analysis and will report back to the gardener. 

Contact Nelson County Master Gardeners Association

Contact Nelson County Master Gardeners Association

Michael Lachance, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources Horticulture
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Nelson County
8445 Thomas Nelson Hwy
PO Box 298
Lovingston, Virginia  29949
Phone: 434-263-4035
Fax: 434-263-4367


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Nelson County, Virginia