Alachua County Master Gardener Program

The Alachua County Master Gardener Program is accepting new volunteer members for the class of 2017. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017. Please see the "Sprouting Kit" application packet on our website. You may submit via email, postal mail, fax (352) 334-0122 or hand deliver to the Extension Office.

The first Master Gardener class will begin on September 5, 2017 and will continue for 10 weeks (classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays). All classes are held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue in Gainesville.

Master Gardeners are citizens helping citizens who:

  • Improve the efficiency of the Extension Service and allow agents to develop proactive programs.
  • Extend practical applications of IFAS-based research on gardening in Florida.
  • Learn and share principles and practices of environmental horticulture.
  • Volunteer to promote environmental awareness at a broad level.
  • Serve as ambassadors of goodwill for the County and the State of Florida.

Ideal applicants are:

  • Committed to volunteering and able to communicate horticulture knowledge with diverse people in Alachua County.
  • Available to spend time volunteering, attending monthly meetings, field trips and training sessions.
  • Gardening enthusiasts and have a desire to learn and practice environmentally-friendly horticulture methods and share this information with others.
  • Eager to learn horticulture by actively participating in an intensive two month training program and committed to lifelong learning continuing education activities.

The class begins on September 5, 2017 and the core areas you will be instructed in are:

  • Classroom training via lectures and group activities
  • Field trips
  • Site visits
  • Taking weekly quizzes, a final exam and receive Pesticide Training

The class registration fee is $150.00 which includes a flash drive containing all the commonly used publications and resources for the Master Gardener program, textbooks, reference books, class handouts and hands-on material. Class instruction, demonstrations and hands-on activities are free to those who commit to the volunteer obligation.

To maintain your certification as a Master Gardener you are expected to:

  • Volunteer a minimum of 75 hours the first year and 35 hours in following years.
  • Complete at least 10 hours of continuing education/training per year.

For more information please call the office at (352)955-2402.

Thank you,
Dr. Denise DeBusk
Master Gardener Coordinator

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension website for additional programs offered by the Extension Office. And be sure to visit their Facebook page.

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