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Master Gardener Volunteers on… Mexican petunias

An assortment of petunias: "Purple showers," Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex), and wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis)

By Renee Stevens Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex, syn. Ruellia brittoniana) has a lot going for it. This native of Mexico, the Caribbean and South America is a colorful blue-to-purple… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… invasive plants

Invasive air potato vines crowd out native Florida plant species. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS]

By Jill Halman Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida. What a wonderful place to live. Beaches, sunshine, water. And an amazing array of beautiful, colorful plants that can thrive here, including orchids, bromeliads, flowering… Read More

Welcome to our new residential horticulture agent

Master Gardener Volunteer program members (blue shirts) help customers during the 2019 Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Plant Sale and EdFest

Residential horticulture is a core component of our Sarasota County Extension programs, delivering landscaping education for residents, providing consultations to homeowners associations, and coordinating the Master Gardener Volunteer program. The person responsible for leading that… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… composting

Compost bin. [CREDIT: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS]

By Gail Hendrickson Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member I like to cook and I like to eat a lot of fresh, locally grown vegetables. Consequently, I became a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) farm subscriber… Read More

IFAS seeks input on urban agriculture issues, priorities

various fruits and vegetables arranged for photographic display, including apples, carrots, bananas, peppers, mangos and more

The UF/IFAS College of Agricultural Life and Sciences sent the following request May 26, re an urban agriculture survey: Tell us about your urban agriculture needs, barriers, and opportunities. Dr. Catherine Campbell at the University… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… fetterbush and other native plants

Fetterbush in bloom, at South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve in February. [CREDIT: Susan Hutson]

By Susan Hutson Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles help us achieve beautiful, health lawns and landscapes that help to protect our natural resources rather than drain or otherwise damage them. And… Read More

Sarasota County Extension thanks volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteer program members work on landscape demonstrations at the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County]

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County thanks all its volunteers for National Volunteer Month in April. Sarasota County Extension volunteers are vital to achieving our mission of community outreach and education. Last year alone, 355 Extension volunteers… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… turf dormancy in winter

ground-level shot of mown turf grass in front of a Florida home

By Judith Kendall Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member When I recently moved into a new neighborhood, I remember my first time scouting out the newly acquired landscaping around the home. What kind of turf… Read More