Celebrating Our Champions: An Inside Look at Flagler County Master Gardener Program

Hey there, gardening enthusiasts! Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Master Gardener Volunteers and their amazing contributions to our community. But first, let’s unravel what it takes to become one!

Gardening is a universal joy, no matter your age, gender, race, or abilities. It’s like a magic potion for our bodies and minds. Now, imagine dedicating weeks of training to learn gardening from the best—University Extension specialists, extension agents, and scientists. Talk about commitment! But trust me, it’s totally worth it. With each class and volunteer experience, Master Gardeners uncover new secrets of the green kingdom. They truly live the saying “learning something new every day!”

In beautiful Flagler County, we’re blessed with an incredible squad of Master Gardener Volunteers. These folks are on a mission to bring accessible and practical horticultural education to everyone. You might spot them at our Palm Coast Library plant clinic booth or rocking workshops at the Palm Coast Community Center. They’re the superheroes behind our Facebook page (@FlaglerCountyMasterGardeners), Demonstration Gardens, newsletters, and soil testing. These passionate educators are simply outstanding!

Flagler County Master Gardener Volunteers at Central Park in Town Center Arbor Day Event. Photo Credit: George J. Carfagno (MGV)
Flagler County Master Gardener Volunteers engaging with residents at the Family Farm Festival located at Florida Ag Museum. Photo Credit: George J. Carfagno (MGV)

Their main gig? Spreading gardening wisdom far and wide! They organize fun workshops, seminars, and classes on various topics like picking the perfect plants, preparing your soil, composting like a champ, and handling garden pests like a pro. Oh, and they often team up with local schools, organizations, and community centers to make learning even more exciting.

But wait, there’s more! Our Master Gardener Volunteers are champions of community gardens. These vibrant spaces bring people together to grow their own fruits and veggies, connect with nature, and make lifelong friends. Our volunteers work their magic with local schools, organizations, and government agencies to make these gardens bloom.

And let’s not forget about environmental conservation. Our volunteers are nature’s defenders! They create beautiful native plant gardens, promoting biodiversity and protecting our precious ecosystem. They encourage sustainable landscaping practices, like reducing the use of chemicals and setting up rain gardens to save the planet one drop at a time.

In a nutshell, these Master Gardener Volunteers are the heart and soul of our gardening community. They bring us together, nurture our love for nature, and make our environment healthier and happier. So, let’s give them a big cheer!

Mark your calendars, folks! On June 17th from 9am to 12pm, join us for a special Father’s Day Plant Sale at the Flagler County Fairgrounds in the Cattlemen’s Hall Building. Rain or shine, we’ll be there at 150 Sawgrass Road in Bunnell. You’ll find amazing sections with plants for butterflies and pollinators, fruit trees and

Flagler County Master Gardener Volunteer booth at Washington Oaks State Park Earth Day Event. Photo Credit: George J. Carfagno (MGV)

shrubs, Florida-friendly wonders, native plants and grasses, herbs and seeds, and even gently used tools and planters. Oh, and don’t miss the plant clinic booth where you can get all your burning gardening questions answered. We even have a limited number of special Sugar Belle Mandarin trees—rare and resilient! Every single penny of the proceeds from this event will be directed towards supporting the Flagler County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

We can’t wait to see you there, ready to celebrate the joy of gardening and support our amazing Master Gardener Volunteers. It’s going to be a blooming good time!


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Posted: May 29, 2023

Category: Community Volunteers, Events, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Flagler, Flagler County, Fundraiser, Master Gardener, Native Plant, Plant Sale, Plants, Volunteer

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