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 Seasonal 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.
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


Spring Into Gardening, our association’s educational program for the public, will take place on Saturday, March 7, from 9:30AM to 1PM at the Coonskin Park Clubhouse..

Master Gardeners must register for this event, even if you are volunteering at the event.
The registration form can be found at

If you can hang posters or place brochures in your workplace and/or neighborhood, please contact Jennifer Soule at or 304-722-8132.
Also, please start saving seed catalogs and gardening magazines for our give-away.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to work on assembly of the WVMGA Conference goody bags on Monday, March 9, from 6 to 8:45PM, at South Charleston Public Library. Activities will include both assembling the goodies in the bags and creating hang tags for the bags. Creating the tags involves rubber stamping, hole-punching, putting twine through tags, and attaching them to the bags. We will need to complete both of these tasks in one evening. If you can volunteer, please contact Jennifer Soule at 304-722-8132 or

Clay Center Volunteer Request
The Clay Center is hosting a volunteer project that Master Gardeners may be interested in! We are pulling up some ground cover in our green space in order to make room for more garden plots! We need several volunteers to help with labor and to bring tools such as hoes and shears. This event is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at 10 AM, with a weather contingency date of March 21st, at the same time. Volunteers will be offered free admission to the museum on the day of the event. Please send me an email at the address below if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!
Jackie Gallimore –

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

Spring into Gardening
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 9 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston
The education program will feature six workshop sessions and a keynote speaker. This program will be similar to our Spring into Gardening program held at South Charleston Public Library last February, and is geared toward the general public, but also to Master Gardeners.
The registration form can be found at

CE Hours Available
If you are interested in sitting in on John’s new Master Gardener class for CE credit, please feel free to do so. The schedule is below:

March 3: Plant Diseases (Dr. Mafuz Rahman)
March 10: Pest Management (Brandy Brabham)
March 17: Landscaping/ Plant Selection (John Porter)
March 24: Entomology (Dr. Daniel Frank)
March 31: Small & Tree Fruits (Dr. Mira Bulatovich-Danilovich)
April 7: Vegetable Gardening (John Porter
April 14: Lawns/ Composting (John Porter)

ONLINE Continuing Education Opportunities

Online eXtension webinars (recorded version) for CE credit (report actual time)

All Bugs, Good and Bad Webinar Series

Sustainable Roses 101

Your Body, Your Tools

Community Gardens

Wildlife Control Training

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 @

2015 West Virginia State Master Gardener Association Conference
March 27, 28, 29, 2015
Pipestem Resort State Park
Keynote speakers will be Peggy Cornett, Curator of Historic Plants at Jefferson’s Monticello and Bryce Lane, horticulturist at North Carolina State University and host of the TV series, “In the Garden.” Both keynote speakers will also be leading breakout sessions during the conference.
Read detailed information on the Keynote Speakers
Pipestem Resort State Park is a 4,050-acre state park located in southern West Virginia, on the border between Mercer and Summers counties.
Address: 3405 Pipestem Drive,
Pipestem, WV 25979
Phone: (304) 466-1800
Conference schedule:
Registration cost information:
Registration form:
newlogo Clothing imprinted with the WVMGA logo is now available for purchase. Order before February 28th and pick it up at the Conference! Click for more information:

Mark Your Calendar
On April 7, 2015
, Doug Tallamy will speak at Christ Church United Methodist (corner of Quarrier & Brooks Street, Charleston) on “The Impact of Home Gardening on Biodiversity”. Click here for more information. Members who attend will earn CE credit for time attended.

Dr. Frank Porter’s 2015 Seminar
Here is the information for our 2015 Seminar “Native Plants to Know and Grow” to be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Mulberry Community Center in Pomeroy, Ohio from 9 am – 4 pm. The Speakers will be:
Donna VanBuecken- Keynote Speaker “ Stewardship: Taking Responsibility”
Sierra Patterson – “Native Trees and Shrubs”
Gale E Martin – “Creating a Native Prairie”
Dr. Frank Porter – “Using Native Vines in the Landscape”
Dr. Melanie Schori – “Landscaping with Native Grasses”
Cost is $35.00 per person.
For more information, contact
Debbie Watson, Office Associate
OSU Extension, Meigs County
117 East Memorial Drive
PO Box 32
Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
Telephone: 740-992-6696
Fax: 740-992-4796

Gardening for Pollinators
Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam
Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Charleston, WV
Making sure that bees and other pollinators like butterflies and humming birds is more important than ever. Learn about native pollinators in the area and what you can plant to feed and attract them to your garden.
This free class is taught by WVU Extension Agent John Porter. Registration is required.
To register, copy and paste this address in your web browser:

Making the Most of your Small Veggie Garden Space
Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 – noon
Short on space for big flavor? No space in the yard for a garden? Stuck in an apartment with only a balcony or porch? Not able to take care of a large garden? Learn how to make the most of your precious garden space through scheduling crops throughout the year, growing intensively in small spaces, and more. This class is free, led by WVU Extension Agent, John Porter and ONLINE registration is required. Click here to register.

Build Your Own Terrarium
Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 – noon
The terrarium is back, baby! This staple of 1970s indoor gardening is making a resurgence, though modern terrariums are sleek and stylish. Purchase your perfect terrarium container at the ReStore, then plant it with just the right terrarium plants. This class is free, led by WVU Extension Agent, John Porter and ONLINE registration is required. Click here to register.

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.