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.
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) and Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL)
The FYN program provides education on the 9 Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM principles throughout the Miami-Dade County to homeowners, landscape maintenance firms, municipalities, and other groups.
FLORIDA-FRIENDLY YARD RECOGNITION
Florida-friendly Yards can take any form, from highly manicured to more natural. How you maintain your yard is what ultimately determines if it is Florida-friendly.
THINK YOUR YARD MAY BE FLORIDA-FRIENDLY?
Yards are evaluated based on a checklist of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) practices. By meeting the minimum requirements and collecting at least 50 points, your yard can be certified. Owners of Florida-friendly yards receive a sign to display in the yard and a certificate.
Don't meet the minimum requirement for certification? No need to worry, click here for resources that will assist you.
Ready to have your yard recognized click here.