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Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Learn and share your knowledge!

The Florida Master Gardener Program is an outreach program composed of UF/IFAS Extension certified volunteers who are trained to provide research-based horticultural education to Florida residents. Participants of the program must complete a 50-hour plus training course provided by the University of Florida and local county Extension office. Hours may vary by county. Contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator in your local county Extension office for more information or visit the Florida Master Gardener website.

After they are certified, Master Gardeners work through their county Extension office, contributing 75 volunteer hours and 10 learning hours within the first year of certification, in accordance with statewide program bylaws. Certified Master Gardeners serve their communities by answering gardening questions from local residents, participating in community and school garden projects, supporting youth activities, and more. To become a Master Gardener, you must have an interest in gardening, a desire to help others in your community, and a dedication to complete the training and service hours.

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