Florida master gardener program: a brief history

Jim Stephens

Abstract


Today the Master Gardener program is the backbone of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service's educational outreach to the gardening public. It is active in over fifty Florida counties, including all of the populous areas of the state. It is hard to imagine a time when Extension did business without the help of these dedicated volunteers. But prior to 1979, county agents statewide had to deal alone with a burgeoning population's insatiable appetite for information on growing all sorts of plants around their newly acquired home-sites. The Master Gardener program came to the rescue here in Florida as it did elsewhere across the nation. Here's how it started and became part of today's everyday Extension scene.

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4-h; ffa; uf extension

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283