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.

Submit hours here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

To Submit a New Volunteer Project, Click HERE

Ongoing Seasonal Volunteer Opportunity
Harry’s Garden – Coonskin Park

An ongoing project of the KCMGA is the maintenance of Harry’s Garden, located at the entrance to Coonskin Park.

If you need hours, you may work at Harry’s Garden anytime the park is open. Bring a friend or go solo. There is always plenty to do. Bring a garbage bag for your weeds.
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

Welcome to the Manna Meal Garden
Rock Lake Presbyterian Church has welcomed the Manna Meal gardeners to come to their property in Spring Hill at the old Rock Lake pool. It is really beautiful, bring your work gloves and come on down.

Garden Dates for September:

Sat. Sept 5 @ 8:30am
Wed. Sept 9 @ 4pm * Sat. Sept. 12 @ 8:30am
Wed. Sept. 16 @ 4pm * Sat. Sept 19 NO GARDENING THIS DAY
Wed. Sept 23 @ 4pm * Sat. Sept 26 @ 8:30am
Wed. Sept 30 @ 4pm * Sat. Oct 3 @ 8:30 am

Contact Jean Simpson: to get weekly emails on the schedule.

If you need volunteer hours, both Harry’s Garden and Manna Meal’s Garden are a great way to get lots of hours and meet your fellow gardeners.


There will be a cleanup work party Saturday 9/5/15 at 8:00 am at Coonskin Park entrance (by the Armory). The holding area where the Plant Sale plants are being held needs cleaned up. If you have a weed eater, please bring it and don’t forget your gloves, tools and water.
Speaking of Plant Sale, please remember to pot any plants you are dividing or thinning to share with the Plant Sale! More info to come.

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 welcomes volunteers to join the group. If you are interested, please contact Sara Welch at

September 3 – Monarch Butterflies
South Charleston Library – 6 PM
Joyce Baker will continue her talk on the Monarch butterfly with further demonstrations of what we can do to save this beautiful and valuable species. Joan Steven will discuss the migratory pattern of the Monarch.
1 – 1.5 hrs. CE credit
To register, contact Sara Welch –

September 15 – Bonsai
South Charleston Library – 6 PM
Dr. Suson will present information on the art of Bonsai. At the end of this presentation, members may sign up for an additional session to “build” their own Bonsai. Members and guests who started maple Bonsai last year are encouraged to bring their plants with them. This includes trees, sticks, and beautiful moss as part of the contest to see who was most successful with their Bonsai endeavors.
1 hr. CE credit
To register, contact Sheri Meadows – or 304-776-7388

2nd Annual WV Urban Ag Conference
Registration is now open for the West Virginia Urban Ag Conference to be held September 18-19 here in the Kanawha Valley. The two-day conference will focus on issues relating to urban and small-scale agriculture and homesteading. The workshop schedule includes horticulture production, small-scale livestock, conservation, homesteading, marketing, community gardens, and more. Check out the full conference schedule and featured speakers.
Kanawha County Master Gardeners may use time attended at workshops and featured talks as CE credit hours.

September 27 – Carriage Trail walk
Meet at the bottom of the hill at 1:30
Joan Steven will lead this walk up the Carriage Trail while discussing the various flora along the route. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring garden gloves (in case weeds need to be pulled), and water.
1 – 1.5 hrs. CE credit
To register, contact Sara Welch –

September 29 – Plant Exchange
South Charleston library – 6 PM
Bring plant divisions, seeds, and bulbs to exchange with other MG members. You will need to provide as much information about the plants as possible.
1 – 1.5 hrs. CE credit
To register, contact Sara Welch –

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

ONLINE Continuing Education Opportunities

Webinars have been approved for CE credit
This free webinar is scheduled for Aug 27, 2015 1:00 pm

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 @


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