Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Kanawha County Office
4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25304

Phone: 304-720-9573
Fax: 304-205-7863
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00
Driving Directions

Volunteer Projects & Continuing Education

Make sure your certification stays current by getting your volunteer and continuing education hours. All current Extension Master Gardeners must complete 12 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of continuing education credits each year. The Due Date is: September 1st.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

To Submit a New Volunteer Project, Click HERE

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Harry’s Garden – Coonskin Park

One major project of the KCMGA is the maintenance of Harry’s Garden, located at the entrance to Coonskin Park.
Bring rakes, shovels, pruning tools and drinking water (starting time is 9AM).


Saturday July 19
Saturday July 26

Call Mima Chapman, 304-344-3230, Elaine Lee, 304-837-3643, or Randy Rader, 304-766-2448 if you need more information.

READ about the History of Harry's Garden

VIEW Photos of Harry's Garden

August 8 -16
Volunteer Opportunity
State Fair of West Virginia
Lewisburg, West Virginia

Volunteers need for staffing master gardener areas at the State Fair of West Virginia. Volunteers are asked to volunteer a minimum of two hours, but can work as long as you wish. You will be asked to rotate between the garden, tent and WVU building where the MGer have a table.
Please bring a hat, sunscreen and a cool drink for yourself.
contact: Willa Izzo

Manna Meal 6th Annual Bean Stringing
When: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Where: The Capitol Market – Center Square
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hubbard House
The gardens are in good shape, but do require normal maintenance (weeding, trimming, etc.). There is an opportunity to “adopt” a garden and spend an hour or so a week maintaining it. There are several very nice gardens on the property. They have lost some plants (blue rug juniper, knockout roses) over the winter and will likely replace those in the fall. At that time, there may be a need for a group of volunteers to help. Hours are very flexible. If interested contact Ken Dodrill directly to arrange specific times to volunteer.
Ken Dodrill
304-545-5102 cell

Upcoming CE Opportunities

Please note that a number of our CE opportunities require a minimum number of participants, so if you are planning to attend, please call now to register for these events so that they won’t be cancelled.
If class times vary from the announced schedule, please report actual time attended.

The CE Committee is looking for volunteers to join the group. If you are interested, please contact Sara Welch at

Bonsai Demonstration
When: July 22 at 6:00

Where: South Charleston library.
Presented by: Ed Suson.
This session is open to both Master Gardeners and the public. Everyone (including MGs) must register with Sheri Meadows or by phone 304-776-7388.
The session will be limited to 40 people. Register early to assure a spot.
Note: Walk-ins will be accepted only if there is available seating


Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse is having a “Make Your Own Fairy Garden Workshop” at the Capitol Market in Charleston, WV. The event will be Saturday, July 26th from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in Center Court at the Capitol Market. There will be 3 container sizes to choose from:

Small – $19.99
Medium- $24.99
Large – $29.99

You will get to choose what items you want to put in your fairy garden and additional items will be available for sale. There will be limited seating so please pre-register with Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse Office at 304-586-2449.


Canning & Preserving
Saturday, July 19, 2014
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $25

Canning & Preserving
Saturday, August 9, 2014
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $25

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25

All classes will be held at:
WVU Kanawha County Extension Office
4700 MacCorkle Ave SE
Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 720-9573
To register, download the registration form or call the office to have one mailed to you.

Putnam Summer-Fall Gardening Series

The WVU Extension Service, Putnam County Master Gardeners and Town and Country Supply, Inc. will host a free Putnam Summer Gardening Series beginning in August.

The topics covered will be:

August 2 Improving Our Appalachian Soils
August 9 Canning Your Harvest
August 16 Annuals- A Seasonal Canvas of Color
August 23 Native Pollinators
August 30 Perennials in Your Landscape

All classes will be from 10:00-11:30 PM on Saturdays at Town and Country Supply, Inc. (4400 1st Ave. in Nitro). Please reserve your space by calling Town and Country Supply, Inc. at (304) 755-3520 or the WVU Extension Service Office in Putnam County (304) 586-0217.

ONLINE Continuing Education Opportunities

IPM Courses Available for CE Credit

There are eight free online modules available for various pests that have been approved for CE credit. Each module is counted as .5 hours (or 30 minutes) of credit. Extension Agent John Porter will allow online courses to count for up to 3 hours of the 6 hour CE requirement, but permission may be granted to count more online hours if necessary (please contact John Porter to discuss).

In order to claim these courses, you must complete the quiz and evaluation after the module and print the certificate of completion to include with your hour documentation.

The modules are:

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Thousand Canker Disease
Spruce Problems
Downy Mildew on Impatiens, and more.
Bacterial Leaf Scorch
Sudden Oak Death
Emerald Ash Borer
Bur Oak Blight

View or share information about these modules @

Southern Region Master Gardener Conference
“Sharing Our Southern Roots”
October 21 – 24, 2014
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

International 2015 Master Gardener Conference
“Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland”
September 22-25
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Omaha, Nebraska
Facebook: 2015 International Master Gardener Conference


A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly benefits from the purple Coneflowers Echinacea purpurea growing at Harry’s Garden in Coonskin Park in July.