University of Florida

About the Master Gardener Program

Program Success

The success of the program has been phenomenal. During 2012, 4,750 volunteers contributed more than 365,000 hours to local county horticulture extension educational programs, providing services to citizens of Florida worth $6.9 million. The Florida Master Gardeners provided services to a documented 597,895 citizens in Florida last year.

Other noteworthy statistics include:

  • 2009 was the 30-year anniversary of the Florida Master Gardener Program.
  • From 1979 through 2009 Florida Master Gardener volunteers have donated a total of 6.2 million volunteer hours, valued at well over $98 million.
  • More than 80 percent of counties adopted the program within its first two decades.
  • Each county has an average of 66 trained volunteers
  • More than 82 percent of active counties train one new class of Master Gardeners each year.

The ultimate end to the educational outreach efforts of the Florida Master Gardener Program is to extend the vision of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, all the while protecting and sustaining natural resources and environmental systems, enhancing the development of human resources, and improving the quality of human life through the development of knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and making that knowledge accessible.

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