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UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture and Master Gardener Program

The Horticulture Extension Agent/Master Gardener coordinator works with the Master Gardener volunteers to answer questions related to landscaping and landscape maintenance and provide educational programs for the citizens of Flagler County. The demonstration gardens located around the Extension Service building have been designed, planted, and maintained by the UF/IFAS Flagler County Master Gardeners. The gardens are open to the public during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm).

Do you have problems with certain plants, gardening, or landscaping questions? Flagler County's Extension Service is your free one-stop information source for all your horticulture questions and plant diagnostics! It would helpful if you provide the following information:

  • General Information                                  
    • Plant type and name
    • Location of plant, light, water, site
    • Maintenance practices - water, fertilizer, pesticides, etc.
  • Symptoms
    • When first noticed
    • Location of problem on plant
    • Sequence of changes observed
  • Visual Signs of Pests
    • Shape
    • Size
    • Color
    • Legs
    • Wings
    • Texture

We offer Consultations by Phone, In-person, and via Email!
Our horticulture extension agent or a Master Gardener volunteer are typically on duty each weekday and will try to answer your questions and solve your plant problems. Our office also has free written materials on hundreds of horticulture topics. For a phone consultation, please call (386) 437-7464. If you would like an in-person consultation, it is a good idea to call first to find out what you will need to bring in for analysis. Sometimes, it is necessary to leave your samples, in which case, someone will contact you with results and recommendations as soon as possible. You can also contact our office by email at . If you have a digital camera, you can attach a photo or two of the problem. We are usually able to answer your question within a reasonable amount of time.

Soil pH Tested Weekly 
You can have your soil pH (acidity / alkalinity) tested at our office at no charge. Just bring in one measuring cup full of soil collected from a four- to-six inch depth. Separate soil samples that are from problem areas and don't mix them with samples from a good area. We will mail the results to you in approximately one to two weeks.

University of Florida Master Gardener Program
Master Gardeners are a group of individuals who receive 60 plus hours of horticulture training and in return give back a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer time to the Extension Service. In order to remain an active Master Gardener in good standing, you are required to obtain 10 continuing education units and fulfill a minimum of 35 volunteers hours after the first year of service is completed.

Flagler County Master Gardeners are a vital part of the Extension Service program. They provide unbiased, research-based horticulture information to the public from the University of Florida and other land-grant universities. They are available for one-on-one consultation Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Flagler County Extension office, or by phone, email, and many local events and in-house educational programs.

Master Gardeners promote environmental awareness while empowering people to do their part in maintaining sustainable plant communities that protect the environment and conserve water and energy.

For more information on this program, please contact Maxine Hunter at (386) 437-7464, or visit:
UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Program

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