Master Gardener Program
Florida Master Gardeners are University of Florida-trained volunteer teachers. Master Gardeners educate and provide research-based information to Floridians about gardening, America's most popular pastime. Their information about planning and maintaining urban, suburban, and rural landscapes always emphasizes environmental stewardship.
The Master Gardener Program is a major outreach that assists Extension in significant horticultural educational efforts in the community. Master Gardener volunteers provide much of the first contact through Plant Clinics, Plant Lifelines, and other educational programming.
The volunteers (or MGs as they call themselves) execute a variety of outreach tasks as determined by the program leader (usually the consumer horticultural agent). Duties include: Answering horticultural questions over the phone, in person, or through the media; Participating in public service projects; Giving educational programs; supporting youth activities, performing soil sample evaluations; and Assisting in field research.