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For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013
Media Contact:
Adrian Hunsberger

Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Would you like to learn the skills it takes to create and maintain a beautiful South Florida garden? Are you the type of person who enjoys helping others? You can now achieve those goals by becoming a Master Gardener volunteer for Miami-Dade County. Join this elite group of dedicated gardeners who help others solve their horticulture problems. The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Office will host two (2) preview sessions Friday, Aug. 9 10 a.m. or Monday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. for Miami-Dade County residents interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer. 

Each preview session will be 1½ to 2 hours in duration. Interested residents are required to attend only one of the two sessions. The Master Gardener program is limited to Miami-Dade County residents only. 

Classroom training sessions will commence in September for the duration of 11-12 weeks. Selected participants are required to attend class one (1) day during the work week, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Volunteering opportunities are available at the Homestead office and at other selected sites throughout the County.

Master Gardener training program participants receive more than 70 hours of classroom and field training from University of Florida faculty. Participants will learn about flower and vegetable gardening, fruit trees, insects, disease and plant identification, landscape care, proper pesticide and fertilizer use, and much more!

For an application, contact Patty at 305 248-3311 ext. 225 or write to:  UF/Miami-Dade County Extension Office, 18710 SW 288 Street, Homestead, FL 33030. Additional information can be found online at:

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, materials in accessible format or other ADA accommodations, please call 305-248-3311 at least five days in advance.

Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service
Two Master Gardener Volunteer Program Preview Sessions
July 31, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
John D. Campbell Agricultural Center 18710 SW 288 Street Homestead, FL 33030