Graduate Master Gardeners of 2017

Congratulations! By Nickie Munroe and Olivia Zugay
Welcome to the new Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners of Indian River County have been busy expanding and improving programming in the county. On July 6th, we officially welcomed eight (8) new volunteers to our ranks, although they have all been eagerly participating in our smaller events this month. At the culmination of 12 intense weeks of training a graduation ceremony was held at the Garden Club of Indian River County. Afterwards both the new grads and veteran MGs enjoyed a pot-luck luncheon.

Master Gardeners have a title granted by the University of Florida to those individuals who have completed the required training and volunteer hours. Master Gardeners are interested in horticulture, educating others, and helping their community through volunteer work and much more. They make a difference in their community by aiding the Urban Horticulture Agent through several activities. The main objectives for Master Gardeners include, but are not limited to:

  • Answer homeowner garden questions via phone calls, email, and walk-ins at plant help clinics
  • Establish demonstration and community gardens
  • Horticultural presentations and demonstrations
  • Staffing gardening information booths at community events and plant shows
  • Teaching horticultural practices of the “Florida Friendly Landscaping” program

    Spring Bonnet day

    Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

And much more….!

Master Gardeners are trained annually by Indian River County Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe. The upcoming training will start in April 2018, usually a full at each week on Thursdays for 12 weeks.

For more information contact Nickie at lnmunroe@ufl.edu