Welcome to the Northern Neck Master Gardener (NNMG) web site, your gateway to responsible, science-based gardening information for Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties. We are an organization of volunteers with a common interest in gardening and community service. As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), we bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities (Virginia Tech and Virginia State University) to the people of the Northern Neck.
NNMGs have created a backyard classroom next to Lancaster Primary School.
Teachers and students use the garden for educational activities.
Our organization supports a variety of programs specifically targeted to the unique growing conditions and environmental concerns of our largely rural region, which is bordered by two major river systems and the Chesapeake Bay. Activities highlighted on this web site include: science enrichment programs in the schools; seminars and workshops for gardeners; gardening advice newspaper articles; horticultural therapy for seniors; a speakers' bureau; shoreline advisory services, and specialized gardens demonstrating basic gardening principles.
We invite you to attend our programs, visit our teaching gardens, and come to us with your gardening questions. You can reach us by email, by visiting or calling Virginia Cooperative Extension offices, and by stopping by our booths at farmers' markets and special events throughout the area.
The Northern Neck Master Gardener Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Annually, we contribute thousands of volunteer hours in the four counties of the Northern Neck. In 2012, our volunteers contributed 10,732 service hours, valued at $233,850, to the community.
We work closely with Virginia Cooperative Extension – operating out of its offices in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties. Through our affiliation with VCE, the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities are extended to a wider public. Every state has a Cooperative Extension office and now 48 states have a Master Gardener Program. There are more than 4,000 active Master Gardener volunteers in nearly all counties of Virginia.