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.


Living in the Garden Symposium

The Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA) proudly present the 3rd Annual Living in the Garden: A Plant Lover’s Symposium!  The conference will feature three noted experts in eco-friendly, sustainable gardening and landscaping practices. It will conclude with a walking tour of the beautiful University of Mary Washington grounds, conducted by Guy Mussey, Extension Agent, ANR. Registration deadline is May 9, 2015. Click here for calendar entry, including a link to Google maps. Click here for the PDF conference brochure 2015 Living in the Garden-A Plant Lovers Symposium Click here for details on the speakers and topics Living in the Garden bios 2015



News of Note:

Tree & Shrub ID Course 

Learn the methods needed to identify trees and shrubs in the Fredericksburg area. Though designed as an advanced training course for Master Gardeners, anyone with a keen interest in woody ornamental plants is welcome to participate. Click here for more information.

Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em!

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is asking people to pledge not to fertilize their lawns this spring in order to protect the water in the river and the Chesapeake Bay.  The excess nutrients from fertilizing our lawns run into the river causing excess algae, reducing oxygen in the water, and harming aquatic life like crabs.  Click here for more information, and learn how you can participate.