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2019 UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Training in Polk County


Florida Master Gardener Volunteers at a Conference

Florida Master Gardener Volunteers at a Conference. Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

2019 training will be on Tuesdays and Wednesday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, July 9-August 14, 2019.

Applications are available online NOW

The Florida Master Gardener Program recruits individuals who are interested in gardening and enjoy sharing what they learn with others. Participants complete a 50-hour (or longer) training course sponsored by the University of Florida and the local county Extension office.

In return for their training, these new Master Gardeners serve 75 volunteer hours and participate in 10 learning hours within the first year of their certification, per the statewide program bylaws.

Certified Master Gardeners work through their county Extension office to educate Floridians and provide research-based information about gardening—America’s most popular pastime. Master Gardeners can fulfill their volunteer hours in a variety of ways, including:

  • answering horticultural questions over the phone, in person or through a regular newspaper column
  • participating in community and school garden projects
  • giving educational programs to the public
  • supporting youth activities
  • performing soil sample evaluations
  • certifying Florida-friendly yards through the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program

Master Gardeners can renew their certification by participating in 10 learning hours and completing 50 volunteer hours each year. They must also adhere to the Master Gardener policies.

Questions, contact Anne Yasalonis at  

9 Comments on “2019 UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Training in Polk County

  1. When is the 2018 spring Polk County master gardeners plant sale going to be held?

  2. Good Morning. When is the next Master Gardener Class?

    • Mary, We just wrapped up our 2018 class. If you would like, I can add you to the list of people that I will contact when we do our 2019 class.

  3. Please add me to the list for the 2019 class. I just attended the sale and it was wonderful. I came home with a trunk full of butterfly loving plants and a caterpillar. The Master Gardeners were so helpful and friendly. I had a great time. It has made my desire to become a Master Gardener even greater. Thank you for your help in making a dream come true.

  4. I have a question on what to do with a female Sego Palm that has developed a large cabbage like center this year after being in the ground for 14 years. Should I remove this growth or let nature take its course?

  5. When is the next Master Gardener training program offered?

    • Eric,
      We plan to offer Master Gardener Volunteer Training in the summer/fall of 2021. If you would like to be on the list so you will be emailed the applications when they are available, just send me an email at
      Thank you!