Smart Gardening Resources
Meet the Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners Speakers for Events or Groups
About the Horticulture Help Desk
What's Blooming in our Park Demonstration Gardens?
Master Gardener Program Resources
About the Master Gardener Program
Master Gardener Policies
Master Gardener Program Application
(When filling out application, make sure you fill out the 2nd page)
Mail back application to:
Lee County Extension Office
ATTN: Roy Beckford
3410 Palm Beach Blvd..
Fort Myers, FL 33916
Master Gardener Information Press Release
Master Gardener Schedule
Master Gardener Requirements
Master Gardener Activities Checklist
Florida Volunteer Management System (VMS)
Master Gardeners (MG) are volunteers, trained by and working with
the University of Florida IFAS Extension Agents. First, every MG
enjoys gardening and uses their experience and skills to teach other
gardeners. MGs are gardening teachers working with individuals as
well as small groups presenting science-based solutions to plant or
Gardeners with home landscapes, vegetable or community garden plots or fruit tree growing experience often apply to become MGs. Once selected, a MG in training attends 15, one-day a week classes. Classes are both indoors and outdoor and include lectures, study exercises, plant identification quizzes and walking tours. Over 15 weeks, trainees learn hundred of Southwest Florida landscape and edible plants.
To get started when the next program is available, a brief interview is scheduled after a gardener completes an application form available on-line at Master Gardener application. 20 applicants are selected for each class.
Note: In 2016,
the MG training class met weekly from 9AM to 3:45PM, August 19th to
November 18th at the North Fort Myers Rec Center. Cost was $180.
The next training class will start TBD.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Master
Gardener Coordinator, Roy Beckford, in advance. Applicants will
be invited to participate with MGs prior to the first training class.
Call 239-533-7513 or email
Finally, each trainee agrees to volunteer 75 hours by either speaking, working in a demonstration garden or answering questions from callers to the Horticulture Help Desk.
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