Watch your email and the biweekly update for more details & reminders on when registration will open.

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Anticipated registration opening date: OPEN NOW

Anticipated rate increase: July 15, 2019

Anticipated public registration opening date: OPEN NOW

Hilton The Main room block closes: August 18, 2019

Anticipated registration closing date: August 30, 2019

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View the 2019 College Program!

Our College 2019 lineup features perennial favorites like Dr. Holly Scoggins and new faces like John Goolsby of USDA ARS. Other keynote speakers include: Becky Heath, Carl Hershner, Frank Reilly, Bryce Lane, and Mike Raupp.

Concurrent session topics include:

  • Flora of Virginia
  • New and important insect pests in Virginia
  • Gardening topics
  • Vegetable Production
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Pollinators

View the full program here!

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Public Registration

Are you a member of the public? Attend Master Gardener College on Saturday, September 21!

Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Holly Scoggins and Dr. Carl Hershner

Choose from AM and PM concurrent sessions such as:

  • I Love You Dear, But Not You Deer! : Creating a Deer ‘Proof’ Garden”
  • Birds in Your Virginia Landscape
  • Herbal Basics- How to Grow, Harvest, and Dry your Herbs
  • Gardening with Moss

Stay Tuned!  Registration for the general public opens on July 15!

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Registration Costs

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Milestone Discounts

Milestone discounts are available to EMGs who have reached the indicated milestone in the last year. For college 2019, milestone discounts are based on milestones reached in 2018. Milestones reached in 2017 which were not used for registration at 2018 college may be accepted in special circumstances.

The milestone discount may only be used once (for example, you may not use a milestone reached in 2017 to receive a discount at 2018 and 2019 college). Milestones reached in 2016 and earlier will not count for discounted registration for 2019 college.

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Accommodation Costs

Stay at our conference hotel Hilton Norfolk The Main, our venue for EMG College 2019:

  • Conference hotel rate: $159 / night
  • Or book over the phone (757-763-6200) using group name “Master Gardener College” or group code “VGC”
  • Note that our room block at The Main closes on August 18, 2019

To book your room, please call Hilton Norfolk The Main at 757-763-6200

Parking and Transportation

Attendees may park at The Main for a cost of $20/day or they may park at a nearby parking garage.

View a list of nearby parking garages

Public Transportation: 

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2019 Registration FAQs

I’m not a Master Gardener, can I attend College?

For the first time, members of the public can attend Master Gardener College on Saturday, September 21. Members of the public will have access to the same keynote speakers and concurrent session class selections as Master Gardeners (with the exception of administrative program-related concurrent sessions). Public registration will open on July 15, 2019. (Note that some concurrent sessions filled by Master Gardeners in advance of July 15 may not be available.) After registration, you will receive updates from us with more information on the event via email.

When will registration open?

Registration for College 2019 (September 19-22) will open in the spring of 2019. More details and an update on anticipated registration date will be distributed via the VMS and biweekly update.

How much will College registration cost?

Anticipated registration cost will be:

  • Full registration: $250
  • One day: $125
  • Public one day: $150
  • Two day: $175

How will accommodations and dining work?

Accommodations must be made via Hilton Norfolk The Main (or elsewhere). Accommodation cost is in addition to registration fee. Meals are not included in the registration fee, however we are seeking sponsorships to make arrangements for some meals, so it is possible a few meals will be included in registration costs.