Pictured: Spring 2018 Master Gardener Graduates in Palm Beach County.
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Master Gardeners are University trained volunteers helping residents solve yard and garden problems and make their communities more sustainable and beautiful.
The sixteen week Master Gardener educational program covers a wide range of gardening topics including entomology, botany, native plants, soil science, palm culture, vegetable gardening, lawn care, garden renovation, integrated pest management, pruning, irrigation, propagation, and water conservation.
In the first six months of this year, 200+ active Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers assisted over 31,000 residents and visitors with solutions to their plant problems. volunteering over 7200 hours to our community. Active Palm Beach County Master Gardeners additionally completed 3188 hours of continuing educational training to keep their certification.
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Palm Beach County Master Gardener Volunteer Training program. Please stop by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service 531 North Military Trail West Palm to pick up an application or download application at: http://discover.pbcgov.org/coextension/mastergardener/Pages/default.aspx
This volunteer training program is a 16 week commitment beginning consecutive Wednesdays August 29, 2018 to December 12, 2018 8:30AM-3:45PM classes are held at the PBC Cooperative Extension Service 531 North Military Trail WPB. University of Florida specialists, Palm Beach County Extension faculty, Industry professionals and Master Gardeners conduct the volunteer training. Volunteers in training are required to volunteer 4 hours on call in the West Palm Beach Hotline office and another 8 hours volunteering for the Cooperative Extension Service during their training. Master Gardener graduates are also required to volunteer 75 hours the first year and 35 hours each year after that to stay certified. The trainee cost for the program is $199 which includes PBC Florida Master Gardener Training materials, UF Master Gardener polo shirt, graduation certificate and University of Florida Master Gardener identification name tag and id card.
Fall 2018 Palm Beach County Master Gardener Volunteer training class interviews are scheduled for Wednesday August 8, 2018.
The Palm Beach County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is open to Palm Beach County residents who have an interest in gardening and willing to help serve Cooperative Extension by sharing their gardening knowledge and skills they gain from this training to help others in our community. Send completed applications to Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service attention: Master Gardener Coordinator Deborah Levulis 531 North Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33415-1311. Call 561-233-1759 or email email@example.com for information on the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.