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Environmental Horticulture - Meet Your Agent

Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary - UF/IFAS Extension - Alachua County

I am Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary, the UF/IFAS Alachua County Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent. I received my B.S. in Landscape Contracting from the Pennsylvania State University. My interest in tropical ecosystems and ethnobotany led me to pursue a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, studying propagation methods of breadfruit, followed by a doctorate in Natural Resources & Environmental Management, researching the development of a native plant agroforestry system. I began working in Extension as an urban horticulture agent for the University of Hawaiʻi in Maui County where I coordinated the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, served the needs of the gardening public, and supported the county's floriculture industry. After 20 years in Hawaiʻi, my family and I moved to Gainesville, Florida where I had the opportunity to provide science outreach to youth and teachers as a science education and training specialist for the University of Florida, Center for Precollegiate Education and Training. I am very excited to return to Extension and look forward to combining my passion for teaching with my love for nature and plants and sharing that with the Alachua County community.


For more information on Environmental Horticulture Program Areas

Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary

UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
22712 W Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669


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