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Broward County Master Gardeners

Florida Master Gardener is a title granted by the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to individuals who complete a Master Gardener training course and the required volunteer hours. The principal purpose of this program is to train volunteers who will educate the public on how to solve their landscape, water, plant nutrition, and pest problems. Subjects covered by the Master Gardener training course include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental horticulture, botany, ecology, orchid, pollination biology, soil science, landscape ecology, particularly with reference to Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM and Integrated Pest Management
  • Environmental Education
  • Community, vegetable, ornamental, organic, and other types of gardening
  • Water conservation, best management practices for pesticide and fertilizer use and the Green Industries (GI-BMP)
  • Florida Master Gardener Program Mission

    "To assist Extension Agents in providing research-based horticultural education to Florida residents."

  • What is the Master Gardener Program

    The Florida Master Gardener Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in gardening and in giving back to their communities.

  • What does a Master Gardener do?


    Master Gardeners make an important contribution to the community through volunteering their time and learned expertise by assisting the Urban Horticulture Agent in several ways including but not limited to:

    1. At the Extension office, Master Gardeners help answer homeowner phone calls and emails by providing research-based scientific information to resolve problems in the landscape including deficiencies, diseases, pests, or other abnormalities

    2. Educating the public through demonstrations, lectures, tours, and displays virtually and in person at countywide events

    3. Give research-based educational programming to schools and nonprofit youth organizations, including 4-H and civic associations
  • Master Gardener Projects

    Broward County Master Gardeners are encouraged to participate in projects at the UF/IFAS Extension Building, throughout Broward County, and in their own neighborhood.  These projects are ways to educate the general public either directly or as examples. 

    Projects include:

    • Master Gardener Help Desk
    • Plant diagnostic
    • Insect identification
    • Community gardening
    • Hydroponics
    • Demonstrational gardens
    • Event booths
    • School gardening assistance
  • Residency and Volunteer Service

    While Broward County residency is not required, Master Gardeners must serve all of their 75 pre-approved hours (40 while being mentored at a MG Public Service Center) doing nonprofit volunteer work in Broward County.

    Volunteering with Broward County is subject to satisfactory completion of a background check, including but not limited to: verification of education, previous employment, criminal records, and driving records history as recorded in the personnel or other records of any previous employer, law enforcement organization, state or federal agencies, or any school that you have attended. Further, a volunteer will be required to enter into a waiver, release, and such indemnity agreement releasing Broward County from any liability whatsoever in connection with such background check verification, use of the results in the volunteer screening process, and from any liability to third persons caused by the direct or indirect actions of the volunteer. Since the ability to volunteer is a requirement for the course, those who do not qualify as a volunteer may not take the course.

  • Master Gardener Course

    Master Gardeners are trained by a team of scientists and educators, including faculty from  University of Florida professors, horticultural professionals, and Extension Agents.

  • How Much Does It Cost?

    Each Florida Master Gardener of Broward County pays $275 for inscription in the course, with an additional good-faith volunteer deposit of $200. The latter deposit is refundable if the trainee completes his/her 75 pre-approved volunteer hours, of which 40 are under the direct mentoring by staff or an approved Master Gardener Mentor, someone who is already certified. The 75 hours, with 40 in being mentored, must be completed one calendar year from the final examination.

  • How Can I Apply To Be a Master Gardener?

    To inquire about the next Master Gardener training class. Please click the button on the right hand side of this webpage to be added to our contact list.

    UF/IFAS Extension Education Broward County is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 Master Gardener Course. The course will occur Wednesdays nights 6pm-9pm and Saturdays 8am-4pm. The cost of the course is $475 which includes a $200 refundable seat deposit.

    The application period for this year's Master Gardener Class has concluded.  The next planned course will be scheduled for Spring 2020.  Please, click here to be added to our contact list for upcoming events and news.

    Questions about the Master Gardener Course can be directed to Julio Perez at pjulio@ufl.edu or (954) 756-8525.
  • Master Gardener Meetings

    The UF/IFAS Extension Education Broward County Master Gardener meeting normally occur on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Extension Education Auditorium.  Participants are encouraged to show up at 6:30 pm with the guest speaker starting at 7pm.  These meetings are free and open to the public.  

    2019 Master Gardener Meetings

    DateTopic Speaker
    Jan 15 Master Gardener Achievement Night Lorna Bravo/
    Anita Neal
    Feb 5 Algae Blooms in Florida Dr. Dail Laughinghouse
    Mar 6 Water Trinds/Climate Change Dr. Dorothy Sinfuentes
    Apr 2 Urban Farming Best Management Practices Dr. Jiangxiao Qui
    May 7 Why won't my tree fruit?  Jeff Wasielewski
    Jun 4 Plant Propagation- Native Pollinator Plants Cristina Burgart
    July No Meeting  
    Aug 6 Supporting Schools & Community Garden Lisa Gonzalez
    Sept 3 Plant Nutrition Dr. Kimberly Moore

     

    SPEAKER INFORMATION

    Lorna Bravo- County Extension Director and Urban and Natural Resources Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS

    Anita Neal- District Extension Director and Extension Agent IV, UF/IFAS

    Dr. Dail Laughinghouse- Assistant Professor, Applied Phycology, UF/IFAS FLREC

    Dr. Dorothy Sinfuentes- Supervisory Hydrologist, USGS

    Dr. Jiangxiao Qui- Assistant Professor, Landscape Ecology, UF/IFAS FLREC

    Jeff Wasielewski- Fruit Crops Extension Agent I, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade

    Cristina Burgart- Chrysal U.S.A.

    Lisa Gonzalez- FNP Food Systems Specialist, UF/IFAS

    Kim Moore- Professor Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS  FLREC


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Landscape questions and photos can be emailed to: browardmg@ifas.ufl.edu

If you would like to talk to a Master Gardener please call: (954) 756-8533

 

CONTACT US

Lorna Bravo
Broward County Extension Director
Urban Horticulture Agent
lbravo1@ufl.edu
(954) 756-8529

Julio Perez
Urban Horticulture
Education/Training Specialist I
pjulio@ufl.edu 
(954) 756-8525

Adam Pitcher
Urban Horticulture
Education/Training Specialist I
a.pitcher@ufl.edu 
(954) 756-8526

UF/IFAS Broward County Extension
3245 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314
(954) 756-8519

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