Intern Corner

2022 Intern Training Class

The 2022 Intern Class held their Graduation on Tuesday, April 5 at the Moose Lodge in Portsmouth VA. What a wonderful group of Interns who have studied the training course and are finishing up their hands on training and hours to become Master Gardeners. Congratulations to them and thank you to their mentors.

2022 Intern Class. Top row left to right: Carmela Ratcliff, Lisa Fisher, Elizabeth Wagner, Stasia Perryman, Barbara Beniamino, Jennifer Briggs, Bottom row left to right: Issani Peterson, Claire Davenport, Meshelda Gibbs, Jennifer Spencer, Judi Rudisill


2022 Intern Class and their Mentors at Graduation.


Link to the Intern Class of 2022 Project List

 2021 Intern Class

The intern class of 2021 have completed their virtual and inperson training classes have become Perennial Master Gardeners. One of their assignments was to write an article to post on our website. 

Intern Articles from the Class of 2021: 

1. Garden Herbs - A Healthy Option, by John Kevin Beasley 

2. Backyard Chicken Gardening 101, by Mary O. Trosien

3. Why Do Honeybees Swarm? by Debbie Ford

4. Monstera Deliciosa, by Vicki Williams


Intern Articles from the Class of 2020:

Click on the links below to read the informative articles:  

1. Growing Blueberries

2. Health Benefits from Cucumbers

3. Patience is a Virtue 

4. Companion Planting

5. Lettuce & Spinach Growing Guidelines

6. The Buckeye Tree

The Virginia Cooperative Extension explains -- What is a Master Gardener?

To submit new articles: 

*Please ensure your manuscript conforms to the American Society for Horticultural Science's Style Guide prior to submitting it through this system

 Locations Where We Learn, Work and Serve

Main Agriculture Office
310 Shea Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 382-6348
Directions: See the Directions link on the homepage under Contact Us.
Central Library: Chesapeake Public Library
298 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Directions: From Battlefield South, turn Right onto Cedar Road; take the 4th Right on Library Rd. Library is on the left.
HRAREC - Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
1444 Diamond Springs Road
Virgnia Beach, VA 23455
Directions: 1-64 to Exit 282 (Northhampton Blvd) 4th stoplight after exit and turn left on Diamond Springs Road.
Chesapeake Arboretum
624 Old Oak Grove Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 382-7060
Directions: Located near the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Take I-64 to Battlefield Blvd South; turn left onto Gainsborough Square; turn Left onto Old Oak Grove Road. Arboretum is on the left.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451
Directions: 1-64 to Exit I-64 East, to I-664 (Exit 264), to I-264 (Exit 15 A), which will lead to the oceanfront. 
Towne Bank Meeting Hall
137 Mt. Pleasant Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 546-7200
Directions: From Battlefield South, turn left onto Mt Pleasant Road. Bank is on the left shortly after your turn.

Project Calendar (specific assignments with dates given in class):

  • Chesapeake Arboretum Hands-On Workshops (choose at least one, or attend all three)
    • Pruning Workshop (Chesapeake Arboretum) - Mid-March (Chesapeake Arboretum)
    • Air Layering Workshop (Chesapeake Arboretum) - Mid-March
    • Invasives (Chesapeake Arboretum) - Mid-April
  • Arbor Day
    • Potting Seedlings (Chesapeake Arboretum) - Early March
    • Planting Day (various locations) - Mid-March
  • Trailer Landscape Display Gardens (Agriculture Trailer) - April through October
  • Library Plant a Row Help Desk (Central Library) - April through June
  • Plant a Row (Agriculture Trailer) - July through September
  • Plant Sales (multiple locations) - April
  • Ready Set Grow (multiple locations) - throughout the year
  • Office Help Desk (Main Agriculture Office)
  • Farmer's Market Help Desk (City Park or Battlefield Park South) - June - September
  • Crapemyrtle Festival (MacDonald's Garden Center) - July
  • Article for Website (flexible about timing); can correspond with your intern presentation

Contact Us

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