MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

A Master Gardener is an individual who has received University of Florida-designed training to become a volunteer educator in the Horticulture Program. A Master Gardener educates and provides research-based information to Floridians about gardening, environmental horticulture, and pest management.

They provide information about planning and maintaining urban, suburban and rural landscapes with an emphasis on environmental stewardship. In addition, these volunteers assist homeowners with their landscape and garden concerns, staff information booths at special events, give presentations to garden clubs, work with youth groups (4-H, Scouts, public and private school students, etc.), assist with community gardens, and help train and facilitate horticultural activities for the developmentally and physically-challenged as well as senior populations.

Major activities include assisting residents at Master Gardener Plant Clinics and participating in the annual plant sale.  They also volunteer their time conducting tours or working in demonstration landscapes throughout the county.

If you are interested in becoming a UF/IFAS Master Gardener volunteer in Sarasota County, please call 941-861-9900 or email sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu.