Master Gardener Annual Report
In 2018, more than 4,000 Florida Master Gardener volunteers provided $8.1 million in volunteer time to Florida’s economy.
Florida Master Gardener volunteers assist UF/IFAS Extension agents by providing research-based, horticultural education to Florida residents. In 2018, more than 4,000 Florida Master Gardener volunteers gave 349,00 hours in 60 Florida counties. This equals $8.1 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 2018 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 4,000 Master Gardener Volunteers in 60 of Florida’s 67 counties.
- Counties provide training to 603 new Master Gardener Volunteers annually.
- Master Gardener Volunteers provided 2,367 presentations for the public in their community.
- In 2018, volunteers received 73,339 educational hours. Each volunteer receives a minimum of ten hours of continued education.
- 510,563 clientele were served through plant clinics, school and community gardens, events, and presentations.
- 349,309 hours of time were volunteered in 2018. Active MGVs donate an average of 100 or more volunteer hours each year.
- The value of these hours in 2018 was $8,114,448, and the estimated value of a volunteer hour was $23.23.
- Via media including websites, radio, television, digital and print publications, MGVs reached 40,158,767 people.