for Miami-Dade County !
elite group of dedicated gardeners who help others solve their
LEARN & HAVE FUN!
If you love plants, want to know more
about them, and you like to volunteer, this program is for you!
Is A Master Gardener?
Master Gardener is a title
granted by the University of Florida to individuals who complete both the
Master Gardener training and their volunteer hours. They are individuals
who are interested in:
Educating and helping others
Making civic contributions through volunteer work.
Does A Master Gardener Do?
|Master Gardeners make an
important contribution to the community through volunteering their time
and learned expertise by assisting the Urban Horticulture Agent in several
At the Extension office, Master Gardeners help answer homeowner
phone calls on:
Flower & vegetable gardening
Insect, disease, & weed identification
Least-toxic pest control
Pesticide & fertilizer use
Composting, recycling & mulching
Veteran Master Gardeners assist the Extension Agent with:
Establishing demonstration & community gardens
Horticultural presentations & demonstrations
Staffing gardening information booths at community events
& plant shows
Teaching horticultural practices of the “Florida Yards
& Neighborhoods” program
And more …..
Gardeners staffing booth at Tropical Ag. Fiesta
Do I Become A Master Gardener?
attending the Master Gardener training program and completing an
internship at the Homestead office for a minimum of 60 hours during
weekdays. Classroom training takes one full day per week
(M-F) for 10-12 weeks and is usually held at the Miami-Dade County
Extension office in Homestead, Florida. Volunteering opportunities
are at selected sites throughout the county after completion of the
internship in Homestead.
How Is A Master Gardener Trained?
Through the Master Gardener training program,
participants receive more than 80 hours of classroom & field training
from University of Florida professors, horticultural professionals, and
Extension Agents. The Miami-Dade County Extension office offers the
program once a year in the FALL (classes run from
September to December).
Master Gardeners learn
Flower & Vegetable Gardening
Ornamental Trees, Palms, & Shrubs
Insect, Disease, & Weed Identification
Proper Pesticide & Fertilizer Use
Soils, Composting, & Mulching
And much, much more!
Does It Cost?
Master Gardeners pay for their specialized training
by volunteering sixty (60) hours of their time and expertise to the
Miami-Dade County Extension office. This is a required internship before
the title ‘Master Gardener’ is granted.
In addition to your
volunteer contribution, there is a nominal fee to purchase the Master
Gardener literature, which is yours to keep. The comprehensive Master
Gardener literature, prepared by the University of Florida, includes:
Three volumes of Master Gardener Books
One Lawn Handbook
Twenty-six color sheets of Florida Insects & Diseases
In-house gardening fact sheets
of January 2003, the fee is $125.00 to cover the cost of all books,
materials and refreshments.
are during the week and are intense, but rewarding. There is a final exam
at the end of the course. You will be contacted for an interview once your
name is on the waiting list and a class space is open. We are looking for
people who are interested in making a long-term commitment to
program is meant for those who have a flexible schedule.
a reminder, classroom training is at the Homestead Extension
office. The majority of the initial volunteering (internship) is at this
office location. Answering gardening phone calls during the week is a
major volunteer effort as a Master Gardener intern.
join our Miami-Dade County team of Master Gardeners today...........
and Have Fun too!
Master Gardener Class Registration Form
Adrian Hunsberger, Urban
Master Gardener Coordinator