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.

 Edna Gaston, President


Contact Us


3434 Edwards Mill Road

Suite 112-260

Raleigh, NC 27612

Click on the link below to view the Fall Newsletter.


Upcoming events

27 Aug 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Forsyth County Extension Building,1450 Fairchild Rd. Winston Salem
10 Sep 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Sampson County Livestock Facility 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton NC
15 Sep 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Address of Event Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Cherryville Hwy (NC Hwy 279), Dallas, NC

Meet  Louise Romanow


Wake County EMG

I am an active volunteer and gardener in Wake County.  My adventures in North Carolina began when I came here in 1976 for graduate school in entomology at NC State.  I finished my degree in 1984.  I am fascinated by BUGS and am often called upon in our EMG circles to talk about them or help identify them.

My interest in insects began as I got more and more knowledgeable about plants (particularly wildflowers and native plants), and my studies about plant and insect interactions just whet my appetite!

I became an EMG in 2005 in Wake County, and have worked in many areas of the program.  I edited the newsletter for about 5 years.  I began involvement in training in 2008 when we lost our agent and had already accepted trainees to start in a few months.  I lined up a bunch of faculty from NCSU, and the training took off from there.  I am still involved in training, and about 40 other EMGs also participate in coordinating the training program.  There is another class starting this fall and I again am very active in this effort.  

We also have a great mentoring program and I led development of a web-based learning tool called '50 Questions' to help students learn how to get reliable, research-based information for clients.  

As well as organizing training, I regularly give talks on bugs to EMGs in Wake and other counties as well as other groups.  My volunteer time now goes to a number of EMG activities including training committee, responding to questions at Ask an Expert at, some website work, occasional newsletter articles (on what else?  BUGS!) And demo garden volunteering.

I have also coordinated the Silent Auction activity at the last two Wake County based conferences, one in 2010 in Raleigh and in 2015 in Cary.  It was lots of fun (and lots of work!) and I am pleased to say that both events were extremely successful and brought in a lot of money for the state association!  There were many volunteers supporting this effort as well, and it is a great feeling when it all comes together and goes off smoothly! Dealing with so much ‘plant collection’ activity, I also arranged and coordinated the Wake County annual plant exchange that we hold at our yearly luncheons for a number of years. 

My other major volunteer activity is with the League of Women Voters. My interest there is campaign reform, particularly public funding of campaigns and increasing informed voter participation, particularly through  It is an interesting year with so much happening in the legislature and this being a presidential voting year.





View the State 2015 EMGV Report

View the New MOA Document

501(c) 3 Information

  View Documents for 501(c)3 For applications

License Plate Order Information

The link to the main page at DMV is:
Click on Personalized & Specialized Plates and
scroll down to North Carolina Master Gardener.
Application for MG License Plate rev 022713.pdf


Donations to the Master Gardener Endowment 

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5th Annual Herb Symposium

Presented by the Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers September 10, 9am - Noon Location:  Sampson County Livestock Facility 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton NC 28328

View information and Flyer

Herb Symposium (4).pdf


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We have a New Newsletter Editor
Eileen Novak

Eileen is from Kerr Lake/Vance & Warren counties.

Please contact her


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Images of the MOA signing

2016 Agreement. 

4 photo(s) Updated on: 10 Jul 2016
  • Edna Gaston and Lucy Bradley.
  • Lisa Sanderson and Dr. Bonanno at signing of the 2016 MOA Agreement.
  • Dr. Bonanno and Edna Gaston signing the 2016 MOA Agreement.
  • Edna Gaston and Lisa Sanderson at Kilgore Hall for the MOA signing
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