Master Gardener Volunteers Provide Valuable Service to Community
Master Gardener volunteers with the UF – Citrus County Extension Service were very busy in 2017 providing a valuable service of gardening solutions to our county. Highly trained volunteers have been hard at work since 1987 with the most recent year being a banner year for volunteerism.
During 2017, Citrus County volunteers Master Gardeners donated over 6,300 volunteer hours at an estimated value of $142,000. Master Gardeners help the community in many ways. This includes teaching gardening classes at every county libraries, offering gardening tips at weekday plant clinics, and hosting their annual fall plant sale. Volunteers also provide information at fairs and festivals, speak to garden clubs, and at schools and adult group meetings. Proper problem identification assist county citizens with how to address pest infestations, plant selection and maintenance tips. Volunteers assistant in planting and maintaining a ½-acre demonstration garden, located behind the Lecanto Extension office. Visit this gem which features that has lots of information which showcasing great plants for this area. The garden is open daily with no entrance fee.
These volunteers are an integral part of the overall Extension program. They extend Extension’s reach to a wider audience than could be accomplished without their able assistance. We appreciate all that our volunteers do every day. If you have a plant problem, call the Extension office at 352-527-5709.