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The City of Virginia Beach office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of City of Virginia Beach improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

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Virginia Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators Recertification Courses

Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators must be recertified every two years. If your certification expires on June 30, 2017, check out the lineup of VCE-sponsored recertification events. These recertifications cover categories 3a, 3b, 5a, 6, 8, 10 and 60. Contact the offices below for registration information.

April 17, 2017 – York/Poquoson megank@vt.edu 757-890-4940 at: Colonial Williamsburg Bruton Heights Education Center 301 1st street Williamsburg VA 23185

Click here for registration

June 14, 2017 – Chesapeake mikeand@vt.edu 757-382-6348 at: 1400 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA 23323

Gardening Talks

The Virginia Beach Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present the 2017 Gardening Talk & Workshops Series.  This FREE series is open to the public and held at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library on select Mondays from 7:00pm-8:00pm.  To see the 2017 schedule, click the 2017 Virginia Beach Master Gardeners, Gardening Talks and Workshops (PDF | 582KB)

Tree Talks

Learn about pruning, planting basics, tools, tree and shrub care and more at the 2017 Tree Talks. This FREE event is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/tree-talks-2017-tickets-27681044750 (Registration opens Jan. 1).

Gardening Workshops

Get some hands-on experience with creating a wildlife habitat and attracting pollinators to your yard with the help of the VCE Master Gardeners of Virginia Beach on March 4, 2017 at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Registration required.

Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Workshop

Insects and Pollinators Workshop

Rain Barrel Workshops

Join the VCE Master Gardener Water Stewards to learn about water conservation and build a rain barrel to use at your home. Go to http://vbmg.org/ to register for upcoming events.

2017 Dates:

  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 19
  • October 14

Green Thumb Gardening Series

This series of classes offers Hampton Roads' residents lectures, workshops, and tours in partnership with VCE Master Gardeners. Classes will be held five consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 11 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Registration will be available in 2017.

Extension Master Gardener Orientation Sessions

Extension Master Gardener Orientation Sessions for prospective applicants will be held Tuesday, April 25 and Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the second floor Conference Room in Building 14 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, 2449 Princess Anne Road. You must attend one of these sessions to apply for the Fall 2017 program.

Annual Spring Plant Sale

The Annual Spring Plant Sale sponsored by the Virginia Beach Extension Master Gardeners will be held at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market on May 6 - 7, 2017.

Well Water Testing

Do you have a well?  Do you know what's in your water? Through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, we will offer an opportunity for affordable water testing, help interpreting water test results, and information about addressing problems. Attend a Drinking Water Clinic in Summer 2017 to learn more about having your water tested. Learn more about well water testing at http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/clinics.php.

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Roy Flanagan stands next to a field planted with winter wheat in Virginia Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

At Work With Roy Flanagan, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Va. Beach

I’m born and raised in Virginia Beach on a family farm in Pungo. Growing up on a farm and being involved in 4-H, Cooperative Extension was a big part of my childhood. My first job was actually recycling pesticide containers as a teenager. I manned a trailer at the city dump over the summer.

When I graduated from Ferrum College, my plan was to farm full time. It was not my father’s plan. But my wife and myself farm about 200 acres in Pungo part time.


2449 Princess Anne Road
Building #14, 2nd Floor
Virginia Beach Municipal Center
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9002

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Main Office: (757) 385-4769
Fax: (757) 385-5684

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