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.

To Join the Webinar

Webinars are facilitated in Zoom. For help, see "Getting Started" on Please access the webinar at Click on "Join the meeting" and then put in the meeting number: 294369690.

Upcoming Webinars

All webinars are at 1 p.m. EST

  • January 30 – Planting a Refuge for Wildlife with FWC's Liz Schold
  • February 27 – Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Projects from across the state by Wendy Wilber
  • March 26 – Food Safety for Master Gardener Volunteers with Dr. Amy Simonne
  • April 30 – Pesticide Refresher with Dr. Brett Bultemeier
  • May 28 – Biodiversity and Lawn Pests with Dr. Adam Dale
  • June 25 – Invasive Animals in Florida with Dr. William Kern
  • July 30th – Brazilian Pepper Bio-control with Dr. Carey Minteer
  • August 27 – Florida-Friendly Landscaping™: New information on the plant list and resources with Claire Lewis
  • September 24 – Understanding Lawn Maintenance Contracts and GI-BMP with Cesar Peralta
  • October 29 – Tree Care: Lessons after the storm with Dr. Mike Orfanedes
  • November 19 – Behavior Changes in the Landscape and Storm Water Ponds with Dr. Paul Monaghan
  • December 10 – Algal Blooms: what Master Gardener Volunteers need to know with Dr. Lisa Krimsky

Recent Webinars

December 12, 1pm 2019 » Planting Trees and Arbor Day

Nickie Munroe, Horticulture Extension Agent, Indian River County

November 21, 1pm 2019 » Invasive Plants

Deah Lieurance bent over a green leafy shrubDeah Lieurance, UF/IFAS Extension Scientist

Dr. Deah Lieurance spent three years in Ft. Lauderdale at the USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory participating in research on the biological control of melaleuca and schinus. Since 2013, Dr. Lieurance has been coordinating the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas, having added over 100 species to the species database during that time. As Assistant Extension Scientist, Dr. Lieurance co-advises graduate students and conducts research on the invasion risk of alternative crops (e.g. biofuel and biomass species), specifically looking at species that are being promoted to citrus farmers negatively affected by the citrus greening.

October 24, 1pm 2019 » Olives in Florida

Jennifer Gillett-KaufmanJennifer Gillett-Kaufman, UF/IFAS Extension Scientist, Integrated Pest Management, Olives

Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman has been involved in research, teaching, and Extension on integrated pest management for over 20 years. She is the Featured Creatures project coordinator and editor and the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department newsletter. She also teaches "Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens," and co-teaches "Grant Writing" and "Feast or Famine in Florence." She is a co-director of the UF in Florence Global Perspectives Program, one of the largest study abroad programs at UF.

September 26, 1pm 2019 » Horticulture Therapy

Leah DiehlLeah Diehl, UF College of Medicine Horticulture Therapist

Elizabeth (Leah) Diehl, RLA, HTM is director of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Botanical Gardens at the University of Florida. She is a licensed landscape architect, a Master Gardener Volunteer, and a registered horticultural therapist. She has bachelor's degrees in both architecture and art history from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Leah has taught landscape architecture, horticulture and horticultural therapy courses at several universities and colleges and has published more than 20 papers on horticultural therapy and therapeutic landscapes.

August 22, 1pm 2019 » The Shrimp Plant Family: Amazing Acanthaceae

Marc FrankMarc Frank, UF/IFAS Botanist

Marc Frank is the extension botanist for the UF/IFAS Plant Identification and Information Service, housed in the University of Florida Herbarium. Marc has a particular interest in horticultural taxonomy—the classification and identification of cultivated plants—but he is also adept at identifying the diversity of native and weedy species found in Florida. Marc received a Master of Science degree in horticultural science from the University of Florida in 2005 and before joining UF/IFAS was a botanist at the Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he provided plant identification and information to state and federal nursery inspectors and provided outreach and education on plant species regulated by the Division.

July 25, 1pm 2019 » Your Landscape as an Ecosystem

Dr. Basil IannoneBasil Iannone, UF/IFAS Assistant Professor

Dr. Iannone is an assistant professor in forest resources and conservation and specializes in geospatial analysis of sustainable and resilient land development. He is also a member of the Sustainability Human and Ecological Development group. Dr. Iannone's research and extension programs broadly focus on the ecology of human-dominated residential landscapes. His research projects are interdisciplinary and employ a wide range of geospatial and statistical tools, and observational, experimental, and modeling approaches.

June 27, 1pm 2019 » Horticulture ID Contest: 200 Plants You Should Know

Mark TancigMark Tancig, UF/IFAS Extension Agent Leon County

Mark's focus is on best management practices for commercial and residential landscapes. He provides education, information, and technical assistance to green industry professionals and homeowners with methods that promote Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and Green Industry Best Management Practices. He also manages the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and 4-H programs in Leon County.

May 23, 1pm 2019 » Desktop Diagnosis and IFAS Resources

Carrie HarmonDr. Carrie Harmon UF/IFAS Director of the Plant Diagnostic Center

Dr. Harmon's research program focuses on diagnostic method improvement and validation, while her Extension program is built around plant disease diagnosis and training in the Plant Diagnostic Center. Her lab serves a wide variety of Extension clientele in Florida, the US, and abroad, directing plant problem diagnosis and training diagnosticians and plant professionals.

April 25, 1pm 2019 » Old Garden Roses

Matthew OrwattMatt Orwatt, UF/IFAS Extension Agent Washington County

Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF/IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives.

March 28, 1pm 2019 » Palm Diseases

Brian BahderBrian Bahder, UF/IFAS Assistant Professor Ft. Lauderdale REC

Dr. Bahder specializes in insect vector ecology. His current research interests include the epidemiology of phytoplasmas infecting palms as well as other common tropical ornamental plants and their associated diseases and insect pests and developing management strategies to reduce economic losses.

January 31, 1pm 2019 » Florida-Friendly: Right Plant, Right Place. What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Head shot of Claire LewisHead shot of Jen MarvinClaire Lewis and Jen Marvin, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

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