Lee County Extension
Master Gardener Program
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
Gardener Program Application
(When filling out application, make sure you fill out the 2nd page)
Mail back application to:
Lee County Extension Office
ATTN: Stephen Brown
3410 Palm Beach Blvd..
Fort Myers, FL 33916
- 2013 Master Gardener Information Press Release
- 2013 Master Gardener Schedule
- 2013 Master Gardener Requirements
- 2013 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, a brief interview is scheduled after a gardener completes an application form available on-line at Master Gardener application. 35 applicants are selected for each class.
Note: In 2013,
the MG training class met weekly from 9AM to 3:45PM, January 11 to
April 27 at the Extension Office. Cost was $130. The
2014 training class will start in late August-September and conclude
in December. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Master
Gardener Coordinator, Stephen Brown, in advance. Applicants will
be invited to participate with MGs prior to the first training class
in August. Call 239-533-7513 or email
Finally, each trainee agrees to volunteer 60 hours by either speaking, working in a demonstration garden or answering questions from callers to the Horticulture Help Desk.
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