Leading researchers. Industry experts. Master Gardeners from around the world. Six days of virtual networking, workshops, and education brought to you by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener program.

Join us virtually September 12-17, 2021


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Message From The State Coordinator

Hi, I’m Kathleen Reed the State Coordinator for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. We are so excited to invite you to join us virtually IMGC 2021.

Our slogan is “cultivate our legacy,” and we have planned a mixture of speakers, workshops, and interactive sessions designed to put on display the powerful impact Extension Master Gardeners can have as we work together to engage our communities in building a greener gardening future.

For more information on our virtual format, click here. For more information on our decision to go virtual, click here.

Featured Sessions


Our switch to virtual allows us to bring in more international speakers! Join us for a special international highlight event focused on “The State of Master Gardenering Around the World.”

Sample schedule: Focus on community engagement

Are you an Extension Master Gardener passionate about community engagement? Our speaker planning team has assembled this sample conference schedule that focuses on community work! 

Keynote: brie Arthur

A favorite of front-yard veggie gardeners, Brie will address how to cultivate grains and veggies alongside your favorite ornamental plants using “foodscaping” techniques.

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Keynote speakers

Brie Arthur

Brie Arthur is widely recognized as one of the charismatic young leaders who are helping shape the future of the green industry and home gardening. Brie is an acclaimed bestselling author and speaker.

Brie’s keynote will address “The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a better way to make space for food and beauty in your garden”

Learn more about Brie & her keynote “The Foodscape Revolution”

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Kelly Norris

Kelly D. Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a revitalized public garden in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout his career, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances. 

Kelly’s keynote will address “Planting For The Future” – how modern gardens must be more than beautiful–they must celebrate biodiversity and create tangible connections to our environment.

Learn more about Kelly and his keynote “Planting For The Future”

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Virtual conference

IMGC 2021 will be virtual! We’re planning more than 30 sessions, interactive events, workshops, and expert panels. Join live or view recordings later. Attend IMGC without leaving home! Full conference schedule available here.

To learn more about our decision to go virtual and read a letter from Kathleen Reed, Virginia EMG state coordinator, click here.