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.
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

Volunteer committee chairs and members are needed to help organize our Spring into Gardening education program on Saturday, March 7, 2015:

Facilities/AV Committee—Chair needed:

6 to 8 volunteers to help with minimal facilities set-up and take-down, and assisting with A-V for speakers. Contact Jennifer Soule at

Publicity Committee—Chair needed:

3 or 4 volunteers to distribute posters, pamphlets for the publicity committee, and to brainstorm other publicity opportunities. Contact Jennifer Soule at

Hospitality Committee—Chair needed:

Several volunteers to decide on refreshments (probably water and, possibly coffee and/or cookies) and to engage MG volunteers in purchasing/preparing refreshments to serve to attendees. Contact Jennifer Soule at

Also, please start saving seed catalogs and gardening magazines for our give-away at Spring Into Gardening. We’ll collect them at the February meeting and/or you may bring them to the event on March 7, prior to 9AM.

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.

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:

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

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.