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The Home Lawn and Garden program helps you to develop, maintain, and enjoy a Florida-Friendly Landscape. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is a cost-efficient method of landscaping that uses nine integrated landscape principles. You reduce maintenance and minimize the amount of water, fertilizer and pesticides in your landscape, while also protecting Florida's natural resources. Visit our Discovery Gardens to see Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in action weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, the plant clinic is staff by master gardener volunteers on these days. Bring your plant, insect and soil problems to our Master Gardener Plant Clinic for expert advice on Monday's and Wednesday's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You will still be able to drop off your soil samples, insects, weeds, pictures, and questions at any time, but on these days and times the clinic will be staffed by a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Discovery Gardens is a Certified Wildlife habitats. To protect the wildlife and plants, only trained service dogs can visit the gardens.

We thank you for not smoking in the gardens. 


A front yard planted to be FFL


The 9 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles will help you to have a great Florida-Friendly yard.

#1. Right Plant, Right Place
#2. Water Efficiently
#3. Fertilize appropriately
#4. Mulch
#5. Attract Wildlife
#6. Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
#7. Recycle
#8. Reduce Stormwater runoff
#9. Protect the Waterfront

Discovery Gardens entry


Visit our Discovery Gardens and see how you can implement Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in your backyard with beautiful results. 24 different gardens provide a variety of choices of plants and themes to consider for your garden.  Discovery Gardens normal hours are:  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The Discovery Gardens are also open the THIRD Saturday of each month from 9:00am - 4:00 pm . For more information click here.. 


Jamielyn Daugherty is the Residential Horticulture Agent & 
Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
Phone:  (352) 343-4101 ext 2722
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Residential Horticulture Agent II, M.S, Master Gardener Coordinator

 Upcoming Events:

For upcoming events click on the Event Calendar below or visit our page on Eventbrite at:

Master Gardener Plant Clinic

Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic

Bring your plant, insects and soil problems to our Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic for expert advice Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the plant clinic is staffed by volunteers on these days.  You will be able to drop off your soil samples, insects, weeds, pictures, and questions at any time. Please call ahead to be sure that someone is in the clinic to assist you with your question. If no one is available, a staff member would be happy to take your sample to be looked at by the Residential Horticulture Agent or a Master Gardener Volunteer as soon as they are available. You will be contacted with information about your sample.

You may also send photos of your local problems to Jamielyn Daugherty at or to the plant clinic at, for diagnosis as well as use the Distance Diagnostic and Identification System. We look forward to serving you. For more information...

Master Gardener Volunteer Newsletter

Master Gardener Volunteer Newsletter

Please enjoy the UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County Master Gardener Volunteers Newsletter "Garden Scoop". Our newsletter is written, edited and produced by  UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County Master Gardener Volunteers. 

If you would like to be added to our email list to recieve information on the newsletter and upcoming events, please contact JuWanda Rowell via: 
Phone:  (352) 343-4101 ext. 2714.
Fax:  (352) 343-2767

For more information and view the Newsletters click here...

Master Gardner Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau

Are you looking for the perfect speaker for your next garden club meeting, library presentation or an event?  Our Master Gardner Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau could offer the keynote presentation that you are looking for.  Please review the Speakers Bureau Presentation List for a complete listing of presentations that we offer, then complete the Speaker Request Fillable Form, to schedule a speaker. Just download and complete the fillable form, save it and email it to JuWanda (Wanda) Rowell at or give JuWanda (Wanda) a call at (352) 343-4101 ext. 2714.


Join the Lake County Master Gardener Volunteer Program to volunteer to work in the Discovery Gardens (in one of our 24 gardens), the Plant Clinic, greenhouse or Educational Programming for 2nd grade students. For more here on "How to Become a FL Lake County Master Gardener Volunteer".