Education and Outreach
Master Gardeners participate in a number of activities, sometimes acting as teachers and other times as students.
Each year, Master Gardeners from all parts of Florida converge to network and catch up with the newest happenings in Florida gardening.
Master Gardener volunteers are recognized at the conference for both their years of service and with specific awards. The success of the Master Gardener Program would not be possible without the volunteers' great contributions. We thank each of our volunteers and especially recognize those who go above and beyond in their volunteering capacity.
The highly anticipated State Master Gardener Conference will take place October 18-21, 2015. Whether this year's conference will be your first or fifteenth, there will be something for all of Florida's Master Gardeners. In addition to 24 educational sessions, there will be exciting keynote speakers including John Moran, one of Florida's best landscape photographers. Registration is now open!
Plant Identification and Judging Competition
Each year during the Florida Master Gardener conference, teams of Master Gardeners from different counties compete against each other in the 4-H plant identification and judging competition. The teams must successfully identify a number of different plant samples, as well judge specific plant specimens on their appearance and vigor.
The winning county receives a plaque and their county name is added to the Dean's Award plaque, which is posted in McCarty Hall.
Participants benefit from the added plant knowledge and can help prepare youth to participate in competitions that take place at the 4-H Congress and at other times throughout the state.
- Flowers and Foliage Plants List (PDF)
- Fruits and Nuts List (PDF)
- Ornamentals List (PDF)
- Vegetables List (PDF)
- Judging contest form (PDF)
Extension Specialist Updates
Each month, we highlight a UF/IFAS specialist to keep you up-to-date with the latest information and research findings. These presentations require the free Windows Media Player.
- Join Dr. William Crow for this update on nematodes in the landscape and what you can do about them.
- Dr. Michael Dukes discusses the latest irrigation technologies in "Smart Irrigation: Making Every Drop Count."
- Catalog listing of the most recent updates.
You can see all of the previously featured specialist updates here.