The Putnam County Horticulture Program is focused on Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL), Master Gardener volunteers, edible gardening, commercial landscape maintenance and arboriculture. Workshops and lectures are offered throughout the year for pesticide training and licensing, dooryard fruit production, native tree establishment, invasive species identification and many other topics. Our Master Gardener training program is offered annually every fall on Thursdays for residents interested in volunteering in the community. With Putnam County’s beautiful ecosystems, we can all practice environmentally-conscious behaviors that enhance our livelihoods while leaving behind a better place for future generations.
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. Through research-based education, the Master Gardeners educate by example through demonstration gardens, displaying exhibits at local events, and assisting with school gardens.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is a program that educates Floridians on how to use low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. You can learn how to have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future. This is achieved by using the right plant in the right plant, using water efficiently, fertilizing appropriately and other principles.
Putnam County is located in an ideal area where a variety of fruit crops can be grown in your landscape, or for commercial production. Blueberries, citrus, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, muscadine grapes and many others establish well when the appropriate variety or cultivar is selected. These plants can be a wonderful addition to an edible landscape, or part of a commercial operation.