Lee County Extension
Master Gardener Program
- What's Blooming in our Park Demonstration Gardens?
- About the Master Gardener Program
- 2013 Master Gardener Information Press Release
Gardener Program Application
(When filling out application, make sure you fill out the 2nd page)
Mail back application to:
Lee County Extension Office
ATTN: Tom Becker
3406 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916
- Master Gardener Policies
- Meet the Master Gardeners
- Master Gardeners Speakers for Events or Groups
- About the Horticulture Help Desk
- Florida Volunteer Management System (VMS)
- Master Gardener Monthly Time Sheet
- Master Gardener Newsletters (2002-2007)
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 teacher 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, an MG in training attends 14 weeks, one-day a week classes. Classes are both indoors and outdoors. Hundreds of Southwest Florida plants are covered in the MG course. The trainees learn by doing. They select, install and maintain plants in demonstration gardens at Terry, Lakes and Rutenberg Park.
To get started, a brief interview is scheduled after a gardener completes an application form available on-line at Master Gardener application. In 2012, MG training classes start meeting January 27 and finish May 4 with one Friday skipped (Friday before Easter). The first 7 are held at Terry Park. The last 7 are held at Rutenberg Park. Classes are held at Terry and Rutenberg Park in Ft Myers only during the mornings and early afternoon. Finally, each trainee agrees to volunteer 50 hours by either speaking, working in a demonstration garden or answering questions from callers to the horticulture help desk. The cost will be $105.
Certified Master Gardeners educate Floridians and provide research-based information about gardening--America's most popular pastime.
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