The Master Gardener training was created by Extension to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for unbiased, research-based horticultural information. This increase was a result of the urban and transient nature of modern American life.
Master Gardeners provide a resource for all Extension program areas and for professionals from many other agencies. They provide communities with locally identified programs, including answers to individual questions via hotlines and plant clinics; radio, newspaper, and computer links; educational programs to meet targeted needs; education for the preservation of historic landscapes; urban tree planting programs; and guidance in making the natural environment accessible to all residents regardless of disabilities, incomes, or where they live.
Advanced Master Gardener Tree Steward was the first Advanced Master Gardener program available for Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. They work in close association with Virginia Cooperative Extension and receive additional and advanced training involving aspects of woody plants - trees, shrubs and vines and general urban forestry as well as extensive training in program planning and implementation. Advanced Master Gardener Tree Stewards play an active part in planning community programs for Cooperative Extension and provide training for other Master Gardeners.