The Florida Master Gardeners (MG) are volunteers, trained by and working with the University of Florida IFAS Extension Agents. First, every MG enjoys gardening and uses their experience and skills to teach other gardeners. MGs are gardening teachers working with individuals as well as small groups presenting science-based solutions to plant or pest problems.
Gardeners with home landscapes, vegetable or community garden plots or fruit tree growing experience often apply to become MGs. Once selected, a MG in training attends 15, one-day a week classes. Classes are both indoors and outdoor and include lectures, study exercises, plant identification quizzes and walking tours. Over 15 weeks, trainees learn hundred of Southwest Florida landscape and edible plants.