Master Gardener Annual Report
In 2022, more than 4,000 Florida Master Gardener Volunteers donated more than 300,00 hours of their time.
Florida Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) assist UF/IFAS Extension agents by providing research-based, horticultural education to Florida residents. In 2022, 3,230 volunteers gave 305,940 hours of their time in 58 Florida counties. This equates to more than $8.4 million provided to Florida's economy.
Master Gardener Volunteers typically 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
In 2022, MGVs served 164,581 Florida citizens through plant clinics, presentations, and school and community gardens.
UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program 2022 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 a passion for gardening to serve as horticulture educators in their communities.
- Counties returned to in-person training following the pandemic, resulting in 520 new Master Gardener Volunteers.
- There are 3,230 Master Gardener Volunteers in 58 of Florida’s 67 counties.
- Counties provided 34,319 hours in continuing education to MGVs in 2022. Each volunteer receives a minimum of 10 hours of education annually.
- Master Gardener Volunteers served 164,581 clientele through plant clinics, presentations, and school and community gardens.
- The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program website received 70,634 visits. The top pages outside of the homepage were the webinar listings and the volunteers' page.
- 305,940 hours of time were volunteered in 2022. Active MGVs donate an average of 94 or more volunteer hours each year.
- In 2022, the estimated value of a volunteer hour in Florida was $27.68. The Master Gardener Volunteers donated $8,468,420 worth of time to the citizens of Florida.