Florida Master Gardener Volunteer

Apply for the Sumter County Master Gardener Volunteer Class! (6/23/2022) by Lisa Sanderson -       Do you enjoy gardening and want to know more about gardening in central Florida? Is conserving and protecting water quality important to you? Does acquiring new skills or expertise learned in workshops or classes challenge you? Do you enjoy sharing what you know with others? If you answered yes to any of… more
Better with Butterflies: Painted Ladies (5/31/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - Better with Butterflies: Painted Ladies Written by Carin Ashman, UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener Volunteer This month I want to address the spiritual aspects or symbolism of butterflies across world cultures. Because of their unique lifecycle from humble crawly eating machine into a many colored, graceful flying insect, butterflies symbolize transformation, rebirth, hope and… more
TLC for Tougher Turfs (5/17/2022) by UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore - Where is IFASBOOKS this week? Turf School for Homeowners UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County 7620 SR 471, Suite 2 Bushnell, FL 33513 As any Florida homeowner knows, turfgrass really takes a beating in our state, between flooding and drought, soil conditions, insect pests, nematodes, weeds, and diseases. Learning the perfect balance of sustainable TLC for your… more
Better with Butterflies The Cloudless Sulphur (4/21/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - Welcome back to our monthly blog in which we discuss a few interesting facts about butterflies in general and a specific type of butterfly. This month I want to talk about how and what butterflies eat. With very few exceptions butterflies feed on nectar. Nectar is a sugary liquid excreted by flowers to attract pollinators.… more
Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of UF/IFAS Extension (4/18/2022) by Andra Johnson - April 17-24 is National Volunteer Week. What a great opportunity to celebrate the people who lend their time, effort and talents to make a difference in their community! In UF/IFAS Extension, we would be lost without our volunteers. They act as the facilitators and ambassadors of our mission to bring science-based education to the people… more
Master Gardener Volunteers staff a check-in table on a rainy Saturday during the group's 2021 plant sale.. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS Extension Sarsaota County] A heartfelt “Thank you” to our amazing volunteers (4/8/2022) by kgeis - UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County extends its heartfelt "Thank you!" to its volunteers, as we celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 17-23). And there is much to celebrate, with this group. In 2021, Extension's 328 volunteers provided 12,595 hours of service, worth $359,466 in labor to Sarasota County residents. Despite and throughout another challenging year with the… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Seeds Library feat copy Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer 2022 Spring Seed Library Program (3/22/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Wakulla Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Objective  To provide small packets of seasonally appropriate seeds to encourage members of the community to get started to try growing their own vegetable plants from seed. Select up to 3 packets of seeds from the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office. Location: 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL… more
Herb Stories: All About that Lemongrass (3/21/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - What’s grabbing my attention in the garden in March is lemongrass. Once again, it needs a haircut. It’s about four feet tall and just as wide. It’s looking like a long-haired hippy freak and needs a trim. I’ll take my loppers and cut it back to about 18 inches, something I do usually twice a… more
florida friendly landscape Composting for Beginners (3/17/2022) by Anne Yasalonis - Composting is a great way to practice recycling in your yard. You can reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfill as well as create a beneficial soil amendment for your landscape. Most people have all the elements they need to create a successful compost pile without purchasing a bunch of equipment.  Kitchen… more
Better with Butterflies: The Giant Swallowtail (3/4/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - Have you ever noticed that most butterflies have different patterns on the tops and undersides of their wings? The topsides are thought to be colored to attract mates and, in some cases, to warn predators. Since butterflies rest with their wings folded, the undersides often display a camouflage pattern to make them less visible. Sometimes… more
No Kidding? Gardening in Containers? (3/4/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - Today, more gardeners are utilizing gardening in containers. One of the reasons is having a small outdoor space like a balcony or small patio or just to use a spot of color in a landscape. Other reasons can be lack of sun or shade or poor soil conditions. I have lived in my home for… more
Garden Festival and Plant Sale – Orange County Extension (2/23/2022) by Tia Silvasy - Gnome Matter How You Slice it, it will be a Fun Day! On Saturday March 5th, from 9 am to 3 pm, the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will host the 10th annual Garden Festival and Plant Sale at the extension campus at 6021 S. Conway, Orlando, FL 32812. This free, fun-filled event… more
Herb Stories: Basil in Winter (2/11/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - In my January herb blog, I wrote about my pineapple sage which was putting on quite a show. The recent frost didn’t bother her in the least and she’s still going strong. In the raised bed to the left of her, I planted four types of basil last summer: Genovese, Thai, African blue, and holy… more
Better with Butterflies: The Gulf Fritillary (1/31/2022) by Wayne Hobbs - Welcome back to our monthly butterflies blog! Did you know that Florida is home to more than 150 species of butterflies? Another 200 species migrate through our state every year. There are in fact more species of butterflies than any other kind of insect except beetles. Too Cold for Butterflies? Butterflies are cold blooded and… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Cuphea feat image copy Cuphea, a Pollinator Magnet for Your Yard (1/25/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Becky Comyns     Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow? Is it possible to find a plant that is easy to grow (yet non-invasive), blooms steadily for months, thrives essentially pest-free in our north Florida heat and humidity, and attracts loads of butterflies,… more
Demonstration Garden 2 Demonstration Gardens Installed at Franklin County Extension Office (1/19/2022) by Erik Lovestrand - Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer James Hargrove Every aspect of gardening can be educational and fun. The UF/IFAS Extension office in Franklin County was recently remodeled and reopened. However, until now the Plant Clinics that are held there each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon have not had gardens to help educate the public… more
Better With Butterflies- New Blog Series for 2022 (12/28/2021) by Wayne Hobbs - There are several reasons why life is just better with butterflies in it. Most importantly for the ecosystem, they are pollinators. Many plants require pollinators to reproduce and butterflies fulfill that roll as they gather pollen on their bodies flittering from flower to flower to drink the nectar they feed on. Second, the plants that… more
Citrus Harvest: For Yourself and Others (12/20/2021) by Wayne Hobbs - By Connie Gladding January is the time to pick most of our citrus fruit from Navels, Satsumas, Key Limes, Grapefruit, etc. To be sure that your fruit is ready, pick a couple and taste them. If they are nice and sweet, pick away, if not leave them on the tree a while longer. Citrus fruit… more
vegetable gardens A test to check the germination rate of old seeds (9/17/2021) by Susan Webb - Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test your old seeds. Gather your supplies: A plastic sandwich bag, tape, paper towel, seeds, sharpie. Wet a… more
UF IFAS Extension Office Sign UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener Volunteer Projects Earn International Recognition (8/24/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs will be recognized for excellence during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, hosted by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program. Typically, the awards are presented in person, however, due to the unusual circumstances of the past year, the conference is virtual. The conference is attended by… more
Blog Header The Neighborhood Gardener August 2021 (8/16/2021) by Emily Eubanks - In August's issue of the Neighborhood Gardener, the issue includes information about Florida Gardening for New Residents, Garden Myths Vol. 1, and the August Plant of the Month: Thryallis. You can access the full newsletter, here, or read on for a synopsis of each article The Neighborhood Gardener is the monthly e-newsletter from the University… more
The Importance of Planning in the Garden (8/9/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - As we move towards the fall and cool season gardening, consider the importance of garden planning. Landscape planning and design is well known, but do you plan your edible gardens? From vegetables to herbs to fruit trees, planning for space and future crop rotation is helpful. When planning for your vegetable garden, first, select a… more
Salivating Over Salvias (8/1/2021) by Wayne Hobbs - Written by Connie Gladding, Master Gardener Volunteer Salvias are the quintessential flowers to attract pollinators to your garden which is ideal for the vegetable garden or fruit trees. Salvias range from 2 to 4 feet high and come in an array of colors ranging from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet red,… more
Pollinator week header Celebrate Pollinators: A Sample Plant List! (7/21/2021) by polkmg - The following list is a companion blog to the “Celebrate Pollinators” blog. The plants listed are only a few of the hundreds of plants that support our native pollinators. The list provides suggestions for nectar plants, as well as some butterfly host plants. In choosing plants for your pollinators, avoid plants that have been treated… more
2021 UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener Plant Sale (7/12/2021) by Wayne Hobbs - The UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardeners host their annual plant sale Saturday August 7, 2021 from 7:30 am to noon outside at the Extension Office 2463 SR-16 West in Green Cove Springs (next to the Fairgrounds). Free parking and cash/ credit cards are accepted. Thousands of reasonably priced plants, including herbs, flowering plants, and… more
Pollinator week header Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27 (6/21/2021) by polkmg - Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard? Join in this year’s annual international celebration of Pollinator Week! This event brings to the forefront the importance of our native pollinators (including bees, butterflies, birds, moths and… more
Your Polk Yard, Guide and Journal cover photo Herbs: A Series of Helpful Fact Sheets (5/4/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - Herbs are popular plants for many reasons. They are fun to grow and eat, and are attractive in the landscape. We have developed a series of fact sheets that will help you select, grow, and use common herbs. Click on the links below to download the fact sheets. Herbs: Flavor and Health Enhancers Herbs: Growing… more
freeze damage What does frost and freeze damage look like? (3/2/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - There were quite a few cold nights during January and February this year and many of our landscape plants suffered frost and/or freeze damage. But what does that look like and what should you do about it? Frost and freeze can look very similar to other types of damage in the landscape so it helps… more
plant florida friendly Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County (2/23/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - Have you visited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Demonstration Gardens at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County in Bartow? These gardens feature the nine principles of FFL and received a state award in 2019. The gardens are open to the public every day, and feature a variety of plants, mulches, and types of irrigation. There are sun gardens,… more
Stand Up & Holler Blog Header Support Florida Master Gardener Volunteers and Give Today (2/18/2021) by Emily Eubanks - Master Gardener Volunteers Give Back to UF and Florida Citizens In 2020, Florida Master Gardener Volunteers served more than 500,000 Florida residents! The Master Gardener program is driven by 3,900 active volunteers who, in 2020 alone, volunteered more than 186,000 hours! Want to show your appreciation for this amazing group of volunteers? Help us raise… more
Master Gardener Volunteer program members (blue shirts) help customers during the 2019 Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Plant Sale and EdFest Master Gardener Volunteers join list of Sarasota County Extension bloggers (2/17/2021) by kpopa - By Carol Redmond Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member If you visit this site regularly, you are familiar with the user-friendly, evidence-based information available at your fingertips. This wealth of data, tips, techniques and more has come courtesy of the blog posts written by Sarasota County Extension agents and subject-matter experts, as these professionals draw… more
Plant sale sign Spring Plant Sale (2/15/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - The Spring Plant Sale will be in Lakeland on April 23 and 24 from 7:30 am-noon for reservation only. Reserve your tickets here. Tickets are for a 30 minute shopping time blocks. If you are not able to attend, please un-register so someone else can have one of our limited spaces. One shopper per reservation.… more
Blog Header The Neighborhood Gardener February 2021 (2/12/2021) by Emily Eubanks - In February's issue of the Neighborhood Gardener, the focus is on compost, mulch, and soils. This issue also includes information about new gardening resources and features the February Plant of the Month: Eastern Redub. You can access the full newsletter, here, or read on for a synopsis of each article The Neighborhood Gardener is the… more
Want to be a Master Gardener? 2021 Course Now Accepting Applications in Clay County! (2/3/2021) by Wayne Hobbs - The time has come to start your application for the 2021 UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener Volunteer training! Read below for a big about our awesome group and how to apply! Who We Are The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program strives to be the premier source of horticultural education in our state and… more
Vegetable Garden Planning your Spring Vegetable Garden (2/1/2021) by Anne Yasalonis - Even though it is still the winter season in central Florida, it is time to think about what vegetables you will plant, grow, and harvest this spring. Spring gardening in central Florida starts when the threat of frost and freeze are over (late February/early March) and extends through the months before the summer heat sets… more
Large tree in field with line of trees in background Florida’s Arbor Day, a Time to Celebrate Trees (1/28/2021) by Samantha Murray -   I’ve always enjoyed trees in one way or another – climbing them as a kid, eating their fruits, using them to build tree houses, etc. As an adult, I still enjoy and appreciate trees for their beauty and benefits. Can you imagine our parks, roadsides, schoolyards and landscapes without trees?   Trees were everywhere… more
Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program header The Neighborhood Gardener January 2021 (1/8/2021) by Emily Eubanks - In January's issue of the Neighborhood Gardener, Wendy shares her new year's gardening resolutions. This issue also includes information about removing problematic vines, sources for seeds, and more. And, we’re excited to continue the Florida MGV Book Club this month with Composting for a New Generation by Michelle Balz. You can access the full newsletter,… more
plant florida friendly Monarchs get all the love: How to increase butterfly diversity in your yard (1/4/2021) by polkmg - When it comes to butterfly gardening, monarch butterflies seem to get all the love. Monarchs are the butterfly “homecoming queens”! They are drama queens, too, as they lead fascinating lives of intrigue, participating each year in a miraculous-seeming migration across North and Central America. In recent years numerous studies have shown a horrific decline in… more

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