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Indian River Master Gardeners

Becoming a Florida, Master Gardener Volunteer 

Florida Master Gardeners are trained volunteers through the University of Florida for the purpose of educating residents in research-based Florida friendly gardening.  The training is one day a week for ten to twelve weeks with mandatory minimum volunteer and continuing education hours required each year. 

Master Gardener (MG) volunteers help the County Extension answer local residents' questions relating to gardening and the landscape.  It is an educational program, not a work program.  This means that IRC Florida Master Gardener volunteers teach Indian River County residents Florida lawn and garden care based on UF research. 

Volunteer opportunities are numerous, fun, and varied, including:

  • Answer gardening, lawn, insect, and pesticide/fertilizer questions
  • Perform soil pH tests in our lab
  • Give gardening lectures to the public
  • Help at a Master Gardener booth at community festivals
  • Identify plants and most common insects
  • Diagnose plant problems and give solutions
  • Identify wildlife causing problems in the yard
  • Advise homeowners on landscape plant choices
  • Show proper pruning techniques
  • Teach school children how to plant and grow in a school garden

    And so much more...           

And, of course, Master Gardener volunteers have fun and make new friends who also have an interest in outdoor gardening.  There are educational field trip oppourtunities, private plant swaps, monthly meetings & CEUs, parties, knowledge exchanges, MG Conferences, and UF webinar events. And it is all volunteer based so you can be involved where you have time with a minimum amount of hours required after the first year.  

If you think you might like to become a Florida Master Gardener Volunteer, find out more by visiting here:  https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/mastergardener/  There is an application, interview, and background check involved to be accepted into the program.  There is also a fee for this University of Florida MG training.  For more information on Indian River County Extension MG Program e-mail our Environmental Horticulture Agent, Nickie Munroe at: Lnmunroe@ufl.edu.  

Contact

Indian County Master Gardeners
Phone (772) 226-4324 
Fax  (772) 226-1743 
E-mail ircmg1@gmail.com 

Vero location is currently open.
You may also email or call & leave message with name & phone number. Or, click on the Indian_River Virtual_Plant _Clinics-form to request a virtual appointment 

Sebastian Library & ELC locations are not currently active

Physical Address
1800 27th Street 
Building B, 2nd Floor 
Vero Beach, Florida 32960

Mailing Address
Indian River County
Agricultural Extension
Master Gardeners
1800 27th Street 
Vero Beach, Florida 32960-0310

Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Plant Clinic locations

Vero Beach IRC Extension 

Monday - Friday
9:00am to 12:00pm
& 1:00pm to 4:00 pm

North IRC Library- Sebastian
(Helpdesk not currently active)

Every Wednesday 10am -Noon
1001 Sebatian Blvd. (CR512)
Sebastian, FL  32958

Environmental Learning Center
(Helpdesk not currently active)

1st Saturday of each Month
(Free admission day)
255 Live Oak Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963

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