Master Gardener Webinars
Webinars provide a convenient and free professional development option for people who want to learn new strategies and tools without taking time off work and paying travel expenses. Each hour-long session will be recorded and available on our website to view whenever you'd like.
As of July 2017, webinars are facilitated in Zoom. For help, see "Getting Started" on Zoom.com. Webinars that were recorded prior to this date were in Adobe Connect and must be converted for you to access them. Please bear with us as we make the transition.
All webinars start at 1 pm (EST) unless indicated otherwise.
- November 29 – Top Ten Insect Problems and Top Ten Disease Problems
- December 13 – The Art of Tea, by Dr. Bart Schutzman
October 25, Thursday at 1pm » Right Plant, Right Habitat
Jane Morse, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County Agent
Jane will cover: why landscapes need to change, common habitat types, plant selection guidelines, suggested reference sources, and examples of converted landscapes.
September 27, Thursday at 1pm » Things That Go "Ouch" in the Garden
BJ Jarvis, UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Director and Horticulture Agent
This presentation was designed for city and county employees that may encounter stinging or biting creatures as a part of their work environment. We’ve also invited our volunteer Master Gardeners and a few other interested persons to attend this program.
August 30, Thursday at 1pm » Snakes and Reptiles in the Landscape
Dr. Steve Johnson, Professor, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Dr. Steve Johnson is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Before joining the University of Florida, he worked as the State Sea Turtle Program Coordinator in North Carolina, and as a research wildlife biologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS). Dr. Johnson's area of expertise is natural history and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, and he has worked extensively with imperiled species.
In this presentation, Dr. Johnson will discuss venomous snakes in Florida.
June 28, Thursday at 1pm » Groundcovers
Dr. Gary Knox, Professor, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture and Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops
Dr. Knox’s research and Extension programs focus on two areas, plant evaluation and plant-pest interactions. Goals of his plant evaluation program are to identify, evaluate and distribute landscape plants to benefit the Green Industry, minimize impacts from pests/diseases and invasive plants, conserve native species and improve plant diversity for the Green Industry and Florida gardeners.
In this presentation, Dr. Knox will discuss Florida-Friendly alternatives for turfgrass.
May 31, Thursday at 1pm » Blueberries
Dr. Jeff Williamson, Professor, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences
Dr. Williamson is a professor of deciduous fruit production in the UF/IFAS department of horticultural sciences. His research relates primarily to commercial blueberry and stone fruit production in Florida.In this presentation, Dr. Williamson will discuss blueberry culture in Florida, including classification, ideal planting conditions, recommended cultivars, and IPM for blueberries.
April 26, Thursday at 1pm » Customer Service
Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS Extension Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator
What do we mean by customer service? Customers are people who need your assistance. They are not an interruption to your job — they are the reason you have a job.
In this presentation, Wendy discusses effective communication with customers, how to create a positive impression, how to develop and maintain customer service standards, and plan ahead for good customer service.
March 29, Thursday at 1pm » Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden
Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County
Larry Williams is the residential horticulture agent for the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Okaloosa County. He will discuss the challenges of growing tomatoes in Florida's sandy soil, humidity, and temperature extremes.
February 22, Thursday at 1pm » Turf Questions Driving You Nuts? Answers Available Here!
Dr. Laurie Trenholm, Urban Turfgrass Specialist
Dr. Trenholm is a professor and urban turfgrass specialist. She works with the commercial lawn care industry and oversees the BMP Educational Program statewide. Dr. Trenholm received a PhD in Crop Science/Turfgrass Physiology from the University of Georgia and an MS in Environmental Horticulture/Turfgrass Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Trenholm specializes in working with the commercial lawn care industry on problems relating to lawn grass cultural management, stress physiology, and Best Management Practices. Other research areas include Seashore Paspalum BMPs and nitrogen fertilization and chinch bugs.
Please note that this is a new address because we have moved to a bigger Zoom room.
January 25, Thursday at 1pm » Wings Over Florida: Butterflies Program
Dr. Jaret Daniels and Samm Epstein, Florida Museum of Natural History
Dr. Daniels specializes in the ecology and conservation of butterflies and other native insect pollinators. Much of his recent research has focused on the use of wildflower augmentation and vegetation management to enhance native insect pollinator diversity and abundance. Samm Epstein is a lab technician in Dr. Daniel’s lab assisting with fieldwork surveying native milkweed in Florida.
Wings Over Florida is a bird and butterfly listing recognition program from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
It was presented on both Zoom and Facebook Live.