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Veterans Gain Stress Reduction Techniques through Gardening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When U.S. Navy veteran Deanne Thompson, 52, signed up for a free group gardening class through the University of Florida’s Wilmot Botanical Gardens, she didn’t realize the stress relief benefits and social outlet she would… Read More

New Website Simplifies Connection to UF Experts in Plant Health

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maybe it’s a farmer who has spotted an unfamiliar bug in the fields, or a homeowner whose once-healthy garden has developed discoloration on some leaves. In these instances, says the director of the University of… Read More

New UF/IFAS Extension Lee County Director to Nurture Area’s Natural Assets

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As he grew up in Bermuda, David Outerbridge saw the natural beauty of the island nation and wanted to preserve it. That environment set the foundation for his new position as director of UF/IFAS… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Nature Coast Master Gardeners Project Receives International Recognition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s climate supports the growth of all varieties of plants, from native to exotic species. But University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts have long worked to educate the public on identifying… Read More

One of the Originals, Manatee County Master Gardeners Celebrate 40th Anniversary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the Florida Master Gardener Program started four decades ago, Manatee joined Brevard and Miami-Dade as the original three counties to participate, as trained volunteers answered the public’s gardening and landscaping questions. The UF/IFAS Manatee… Read More

UF/IFAS Master Gardeners Gear Up for Spring Festivals, Plant Sales

ORLANDO, Fla. – Spring is around the corner, and Master Gardeners across central Florida are gearing up for festivals and plant sales. The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer program, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

Younger Generation Bringing New Energy to UF/IFAS Master Gardeners as Program Celebrates 40 Years in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Angie Dixon, 38, was working long hours as a project manager, but would spend weekends trolling plant shows and local community gardens. Though she loved everything about plants, she knew nothing about gardening. “I figured… Read More

St. Johns County Children to Benefit from UF/IFAS Master Gardener Legacy Fund

By Emily Eubanks   ST. AUGUSTINE, FL—The Florida Master Gardener program, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, recently created a Legacy Fund to help support educational projects directly in counties. The Legacy… Read More