INDIAN RIVER COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Learn about the Indian River Extension Office Master Gardener Program

 

What is a Master Gardener?

Master Gardener is a title granted by the University of Florida to individuals who complete both the Master Gardener training and their volunteer hours. They are individuals who are interested in:

  • Horticulture
  • Educating and helping others
  • Making a difference in their community through volunteer work and much more

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What does a Master Gardener do?

Master Gardeners make an important contribution to the community through volunteering their time and learned expertise by assisting the Urban Horticulture Agent in several ways.

At the Extension office, Master Gardeners help answer homeowner phone calls on:

  • Flower & vegetable gardening    
  • Plant selection
  • Insect, disease, & weed identification
  • Least-toxic pest control
  • Pesticide & fertilizer use
  • Composting, recycling & mulching

Master Gardeners also can help with:

  • Establishing demonstration & community gardens
  • Horticultural presentations & demonstrations
  • Staffing gardening information booths at community events & plant shows
  • Teaching horticultural practices of the “Florida Yards & Neighborhoods” program
  • And more …..   

Master Gardener Booth at the 2010 Garden Fest! Event 
at Riverside Park in Vero Beach

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How do I become a Master Gardener?

By attending the Master Gardener training program and completing a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer work for the Indian River County Environmental Horticulture program. Classroom training takes one full day per week (M-F) for 10-12 weeks and is held at the Indian River County Extension office in Vero Beach, Florida. Volunteering opportunities abound at the extension office and throughout the county.

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How is a Master Gardener trained?

By attending the Master Gardener training program and completing a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer work for the Indian River County Environmental Horticulture program. Classroom training takes one full day per week (M-F) for 10-12 weeks and is held at the Indian River County Extension office in Vero Beach, Florida. Volunteering opportunities abound at the extension office and throughout the county.

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How do I apply and what does it cost?

Master Gardeners pay for their specialized training by volunteering seventy five (75) hours of their time and expertise to the Indian River County Extension office. This is a required internship before the title ‘Master Gardener’ is granted.

In addition to your volunteer contribution, there is a nominal fee to purchase the Master Gardener literature, which is yours to keep. The comprehensive Master Gardener literature, prepared by the University of Florida, includes:

  • Three volumes of Master Gardener Books
  • One Lawn Handbook
  • Twenty-six color sheets of Florida Insects & Diseases
  • In-house gardening fact sheets

Call for exact cost, as they vary by year.

Classes are during the week and are intense, but rewarding. There is a final exam at the end of the course. You will be contacted for an interview once your name is on the waiting list and a class space is open. We are looking for people who are interested in making a long-term commitment to volunteering.

This program is meant for those who have a flexible schedule.

Just as a reminder, classroom training is at the Indian River County Extension office. The majority of the initial volunteering (internship) is at this office location. Answering gardening phone calls during the week is a major volunteer effort as a Master Gardener intern.

Come join our Indian River County team of Master Gardeners today........... 

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