Information & Application

How do I become a Master Gardener?

The desire to help others is a first and absolute requirement. A personal commitment to complete training and to serve the required volunteer service hours after completing training is equally important. 

To learn more about becoming a Master Gardener contact the County Extension Office -- (941) 722-4524. Enrollment is limited and selection is highly competitive, so call today and learn how you can become a "Florida Master Gardener".

After receiving intensive horticulture training and satisfactorily meeting other program requirements, Master Gardeners are required to provide 100 volunteer hours the first year and 50 hours each year thereafter to remain current.

Many Master Gardeners far exceed the required service hours, some giving over 200 hours per year.

  • Our next Master Gardener Volunteer Training begins on August 9, 2017.  Applications are due July 3, 2017!

Applying for the Master Gardener Program

Please read the Training Booklet before filling out the application!

To receive an application for the Master Gardener program by mail, please call Lisa Hickey at (941)722-4524 ext. 261, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm or request an application by sending an email to Lisa Hickey.  

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Lisa Hickey

Lisa Hickey
Master Gardener Coordinator
(941) 722-4524 ext. 1817


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