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Master Gardeners

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Master Gardeners are adult volunteers recruited and trained by county extension agents and University of Florida specialists to provide assistance in Extension home horticultural programs. Through this program, enthusiastic gardeners study such areas as botany, horticulture, soil science, and plant and insect identification and management. The Florida Master Gardener Program is administered by the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. This instruction gives the MGs a good background to prepare them for the wide variety of questions they may face as volunteers at plant clinics, giving talks, answering phones, and in the other duties they undertake. Master Gardeners volunteer 50 hours per year for Extension and take at least 10 hours of continuing education classes every year.

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How Do I Join?

At some point during the year, an essential pre-course meeting (Meet and Greet) must be attended. The course is only offered once a year because it is so intensive and requires a huge commitment in time from our instructors. Read More...

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Training and Certification

If you are accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program, you will receive 72 hours of horticultural training in a 12-week course. A required fee covers educational books from the University of Florida Press, numerous handouts and other class expenses. The course is held one full day each week (typically Thursdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm). Read More...

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Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a Pasco County Master Gardener, please call (352) 518-0156 or email Whitney Elmore, welmore@pascocountyfl.net, to add your name to the prospective Master Gardener email contact list.