Master Gardener Annual Report
In 2019, more than 4,000 Florida Master Gardener volunteers donated more than 350,000 hours of their time.
Florida Master Gardener volunteers assist UF/IFAS Extension agents by providing research-based, horticultural education to Florida residents. In 2019, more than 4,000 Florida Master Gardener volunteers gave 353,955 hours in 60 Florida counties. This equals $8.2 million provided to Florida's economy.
Master Gardener volunteers assist in a variety of projects, including:
- Answering questions at plant help desks
- Giving landscaping and gardening workshops at public libraries
- Building demonstration gardens
- Assisting with community gardens
- Teaching youth and school gardens
UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program 2019 Annual Report
The UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a citizen-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and Floridians. The program relies on dedicated Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) who have an interest in gardening and in giving back to their communities.
- There are 4,057 Master Gardener Volunteers in 60 of Florida’s 67 counties.
- Counties provided training to 653 new Master Gardener Volunteers.
- Master Gardener Volunteers provided 4,605 presentations for the public in their community.
- In 2019, volunteers received 62,400 continuing education credits. Each volunteer receives a minimum of ten hours of continued education annually.
- 395,240 clientele were served through plant clinics, school and community gardens, events, and presentations.
- 353,955 hours of time were volunteered in 2019. Active MGVs donate an average of 100 or more volunteer hours each year.
- Via media including websites, radio, television, digital and print publications, MGVs reached 10,867,477 people.