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:

Registration Committee:

8 volunteers needed to perform duties related to registration, including creating registration packets, accepting and organizing registrations, and working at the registration table on the day of the event. Contact Delores Barber at

Presentation Committee:

4 or 5 volunteers to perform duties related to the speakers, including introducing speakers and assisting them. Contact Jennifer Soule at

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

Evaluation Committee:

5 volunteers to distribute and collect evaluation sheets onsite and to assist in collating the results. Contact Sara Welch 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

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

Putnam County Master Gardeners Annual Wreath Making Class
The Putnam Country Master Gardeners will have a wreath making class at the Community Center at Valley Park (the Wave Pool) at 1 Valley Way in Hurricane. The class is on Thursday, December 4th and begins at 6 PM.
The cost of the class is $20.00; forms and wire will be provided. Bring in your own greenery to help make the wreath special to you. Come join in the merriment and display your creative talents for all to see on your front door! Please, remember to bring your own pruners and wire cutters. RSVP to the Putnam County WVU Extension Office at 304-586-0217 to reserve a spot.

Winter Greenery Arrangement Workshop
December 16

Dunbar Public Library
6:00 PM
Use foraged winter greenery to create a beautiful arrangement for your own tabletop or to give as a gift. Learn about what plants to use, master some basic floral arranging skills, and hear about the history, biology, and folklore associated with our favorite evergreens. We will provide containers and foliage to use, but you are also welcome to bring your own. This workshop will be led by John Porter from the WVU Extension Service.

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
More information to follow about the launch of Advanced Master Gardener Certification. It’s going to be amazing!!!

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.