North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association


Who We Are

The NCEMGVA was formed in 1991 to aid in improving the effectiveness of its members as volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program of the North Carolina State Extension. 

The Association sponsors educational and training activities for North Carolina’s Master Gardeners in partnership with county and multi-county programs and the State Extension. 

We offer competitive grants to county programs, host an annual landscape garden design competition, and publish a quarterly newsletter for members with upcoming events, features, and other items of interest to the Master Gardener community of North Carolina.
 Wayne Carlson, President

2015 Conference Registration is Now Open   

       REGISTER ONLINE         Download the Registration Form (mail-in)     Conference Schedule

       Speakers and Sessions           Optional Post-Conference Tours               Conference T-Shirts


Information for Donors, Sponsors, and Vendors:

    Advertise in the Conference Program       Donor Form        Sponsor Brochure       Vendor/Exhibitor Form


   Hotel Information:  Embassy Suites is offering a special discount for conference attendees of $119.00+tax per night from September 20-22. The special rate will expire on August 28.  Reservation Site

Upcoming events

10 Aug 2015 • NC State University, Raleigh
11 Aug 2015 10:00 AM • Embassy Suites, Cary
29 Aug 2015 10:00 AM • The 8th annual NC at the Forsyth county agriculture building in Winston-Salem. This is 1450 Fairchild rd
21 Sep 2015 • Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513

Is your email up to date?  Please check your contact information and make sure we have your latest updates. 




Association News  


North Carolina Master Gardeners Blaze a Virtual Trail     


One year ago this month, NC State Extension Master Gardeners in Durham county created a radio show.  In developing their concept, the production team discovered that their show is the first in the country to be produced solely by Master Gardener volunteers.  Michelle Wallace, Durham County Horticulture Agent, supervises the show but all of the recording, audio engineering, photography, website management, social media, and promotion is done entirely by her Master Gardeners.  “We have an amazing group of volunteers in our county and they are always looking for new ways to teach people about gardening,” said Wallace.


In January, the show expanded their format to include weekly podcasts of their episodes.  “We are thrilled people can now find our stories on  iTunes,” said Lise Jenkins, the show’s producer.  Podcasting allows listeners to subscribe to the show and receive automatic updates that can be heard on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

The show focuses on bringing to gardeners stories about the intersection of horticulture and innovation and the people who are leading the way.  “One of the reasons I like working on the show is it gives me an opportunity to meet and interview people who are contributing to the public’s education and enjoyment of gardens and gardening,” said Harold Johnson, the show’s host.  

While the show began in Durham county, surrounding counties are beginning to participate with agents and Master Gardeners being interviewed and serving as correspondents.  Lucy Bradley, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Urban Horticulture Extension Specialist at NC State University, aspires to involving the whole state:  “We have Master Gardeners all over North Carolina who are enthusiastic educators and want to help their communities.  Using radio and podcasting is another way to reach out to the people of our state." 


To hear the latest episode, visit the Getting Dirty with Master Gardeners website at



Ordering the EMG License Plate

Extension Master Gardener License Plate Now Available Online

by Janie Taylor, Chair, License Plate Committee.

In addition to applying for our plate at your local DMV office, you can now order the plate online. The link to the main page at DMV is:
Click on Personalized & Specialized Plates and

scroll down to North Carolina Master Gardener.
You can also go directly to the Master Gardener plate with this



DMV has forwarded to the Master Gardener Endowment at NCSU a check for $3,130.00, our

share of the fees for the 313 plates that have been issued so far. Deposits will be made quarterly as new plates are issued and renewals completed. Through the regular donations to our Endowment, the License Plate will

continue play an important role in the long-term sustainability of the statewide EMG program. Our thanks

to everyone who has helped make this a reality. 


The cost of a numbered plate is $20.00 annually in addition to your regular registration fee ($50.00 if you want the personalized version).  $10.00 of the fee is automatically donated to the NC State Extension Master Gardener Endowment, maintained by the Agricultural Foundation at NC State. (posted 12/12/14)

If you should have any issues with not getting your plate, send an email to Janie.


For further information, contact:
Janie Taylor, Chair, License Plate Committee

501(c)(3) Group Determination


On November 10, NCEMGVA's Application for a 501(c)(3) Group Determination was approved by the IRS! 
This means
that county EMG organizations can acquire 501(c)(3) status under the Association's umbrella at much lower cost than
applying individually.   For more information, see the President's report in the Winter 2014 issue of the NCEMGVA newsletter. (11/16/14) View Documents for 501(c)3

Newsletter 2015 Summer Edition.pdf

Renewing Your Membership
Some members have reported difficulty renewing their memberships online. 
The easiest way is to log in (in the upper right hand corner of this page) with your email address and password* and then, on the next page, click on "View Profile" under your name in the upper right hand corner. 
This will display your contact information.  About halfway down the page on the right, you will see the box "Renew until 1, January 20__".  Click on this box. 
The system will ask you to review and update your contact information and then take you to the renewal page.

*If you have not logged in before or do not remember your password, enter your email address and click on "Forgot Password".  The system will ask for your email address again and then guide you through resetting your password.

Donations to the Master Gardener Endowment


The NC Master Gardener Endowment is maintained by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. at NC State University, the nonprofit charity that sponsors the NC State Extension Service Foundation.  If you would like to donate directly to the Endowment, click here .  More information about the Endowment and other contribution options to support the NC Extension Master Gardener program can be found under Donations on the main menu at the top of this page. 

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