Welcome to the website for the Master Gardner Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA)!  We are a volunteer group of Master Gardeners that support the Virginia Cooperative Extension in offering horticultural-related education and assistance to the people within the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg.

Registration Now Open for the “Living in the Garden: Gardens Big & Small, Old, & New!”

Registration is now open for the 2016 Symposium.

Click here for the brochure

Saturday, May 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
University of Mary Washington Campus
Fredericksburg, Virginia

A Master Gardener sponsored conference open to the
public for all gardeners  

Featuring Bryce Lane

2016 Spring Conference

 Emmy-winning UNC-TV garden show personality and NC State University Lecturer

Presentation Topics:

“The Joy of Gardening: The Power of Plants to Change Your Point of View”
“Plant Growth: Essential Principles for Successful Gardening”

Anita Tuttle

Popular Virginia horticulture lecturer and plants expert

Presentation Topic:

“Renovating Mature and Frequently Neglected Gardens”

Sponsored by: Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA), Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the University of Mary Washington


Other MGACRA News of Interest


The MGACRA Gala is a night of food, fun, and friendship as we celebrate our volunteers and all you do!  It features an award ceremony for volunteer contributions and a pot luck dinner with delicious food.  It is open to all Master Gardeners, Interns, and their families.  Bring an entrée, side dish, or dessert to share.  And don’t forget to bring a known plant to the plant exchange!

Friday, April 1, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Rowser Building Multi-Purpose Room
Stafford VA Cooperative Extension Office

Volunteers Needed at Chatham

Volunteers are needed for Chatham Historical Garden.  Master Gardeners volunteer at Chatham every Wednesday morning, weather permitting, beginning at 8:30 AM.  We are there all morning, so you are welcome to come at whatever time best suits your schedule.  Master Gardeners perform various tasks in the garden including pruning, cultivating and planting.  We also interact with garden visitors, answering questions and providing information.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Chatham, the contact person this year is Carol Hyland.  She can be reached at  cahyland@cox.net.