Do you have a love of gardening? Time to share your passion? A willingness to become a dedicated volunteer? Then the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, through the University of Florida/IFAS – Citrus County Extension may be for you. If this sounds like you, come discover more about this community volunteer educator program at one of the upcoming Get Acquainted sessions.
The program’s mission is “To engage a core of volunteers to assist the county agent in delivering information to residents on how to design, plant, and care for their plants and landscapes in a Florida-Friendly way.” starting with 12 informational sessions about Florida-Friendly Landscape principles. This hands-on program gathers individuals who enjoy learning and sharing knowledge about the world around them and helping others to do so.
Classes involve discussion, hands-on activities, and much camaraderie. Experienced educators create an energetic, enhanced, comfortable learning environment for both experienced and novice gardeners. Specific to Citrus County, topics include plant science principles, pest control (disease, weeds and insects), soil fertility, wise water use and plant propagation, among others.
With more knowledge under your belt, MG volunteers turn that into information for the public, whether it is working with school groups, managing the ½-acre demonstration garden (located behind the Lecanto Extension office), responding to resident’s gardening questions at the Extension office, or creating informational displays for use at the fair or festivals. A $140 non-refundable registration fee includes a library of Florida gardening books and all course materials.
WHO: You and Your Novice and Experienced Gardening Friends
WHAT: The Florida Master Gardener 2017 Class
WHERE: UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1 in the Lecanto Government complex
WHEN: Two dates to choose from: Thursday, June 15 or June 22 from 2-3:15 pm
HOW: Call Extension to pre-register 352-527-5700
All Extension programs and services are open to all without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or handicap.