The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 16, for 12 volunteers who successfully completed the 13-week Master Gardener certification program.
The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public.
The graduating class of 2015 including Chase Burnett, Dorine de Mena, Roberta Gannon, Maureen Gerrity, Hap Happney, Gerhard Horn, Alexis Lessard, Gilbert Long, Mark Poynter ODochartaigh, Walter Schultz, Nancy Taylor Wing and Susan Vicedomini will join the existing 84 Master Gardeners that support the University of Florida Cooperative Extension office with public education volunteerism.
Collier County Master Gardeners are volunteers in action helping people to beautify and protect our environment. The newest class of 12 graduates will be advising homeowners on how to plant and care for their landscape in an environmentally friendly way through educational tours, plant clinics at Home Depot, Lowe’s, local libraries, Naples Botanical Gardens, 3rd Street Farmers Market and the Extension Office, and supporting the public with inquiries regarding plant problem diagnostics, Florida Friendly landscapes, plant identification, integrated pest management, plant growth and maintenance. Volunteers also make occasional home visits as Florida Yards and Neighborhood advisors and host the Yard and Garden Show in the fall and the Garden Workshop Series in spring.
If you want to learn more about how to become a Master Gardener, please contact Isabel Way, UF/IFAS Collier County Master Gardener Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension office at 239-252-4800. For more information on events go tocollier.ifas.ufl.edu/Calendar.shtml/