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WANT TO BE A MASTER GARDENER?

To become a Master Gardener volunteer in Orange County, you must complete our training and internship programs. An Introduction to the Master Gardener Program is typically held in April. We strongly encourage you to attend before applying. The training program is every Tuesday from 8:30am-4:30pm usually in the fall.  The internship program includes training for office/telephone duty and completing a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education during the succeeding twelve months upon completion of the training program.  Then the volunteer becomes "Certified" as an UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener.

SUMMARY

  • Attend Introduction to MG Program Orientation in April
  • Fill out an application
  • Interviews will be conducted
  • The training program will begin
  • Plant Clinic Internships will be completed.
  • Volunteer 75 hrs. during the next year.
  • Earn 10 hrs. of continuing education.
  • Become "Certified" as a Florida Master Gardener

TRAINING TOPICS

Annuals & perennials, botany (plant nomenclature), butterfly gardening, entomology (insects), Florida-friendly landscape practices, fruit and vegetable gardens, palms, pathology (diseases), plant propagation, safe pesticide use, soil structure, soil testing, tree/shrub pruning, turf care and  maintenance, wildlife, and MORE.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A desire to help others
  • Not a private or commercial landscaping business
  • An e-mail address
  • A personal commitment to complete the training program
  • A personal commitment to serve the minimum volunteer and continuing education hours upon completing of the training program