Master Gardener volunteers participate in a number of activities, sometimes acting as teachers and other times as students.
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.
Volunteer Training Events
- Spring 2020 Master Gardener Volunteers in Training: Introduction to Citrus, by UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center. Register at Eventbrite.
- Master Gardener Volunteer Leadership School, June 24-25 at the UF/IFAS Extension Marion County in Ocala. More information to come.
Documents from previous Turfgrass Field Days. Attendees can use these for reference and to refresh their knowledge.
Plant Identification and Judging Competition
Each year during the Florida Master Gardener conference, teams of Master Gardener volunteers 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 as 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.
A helpful resource is Judging Horticulture Products, from the National Junior Horticultural Association's website.
- Flowers and Foliage Plants List (PDF)
- Fruits and Nuts List (PDF)
- Ornamentals List (PDF)
- Vegetables List (PDF)
- Judging contest form (PDF)
Images and information on 200 vegetables, fruits, flowers and landscape plants are included. Use the handy self-test option to judge your progress.
Extension Specialist Updates
UF/IFAS specialist updates share the latest information and research findings. These presentations require the free Windows Media Player.
- Education and Media Coordinator Emily Eubanks shares tips about how to use it most effectively in this PowerPoint presentation, "Email Etiquette."
- 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."
- Previously featured specialist updates
- Catalog listing of the most recent updates