Twenty-Nine New Florida Master Gardeners to Serve Broward County

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garden master ufTwenty-nine Broward residents recently passed written and laboratory exams at the UF-IFAS/Broward County Extension Office in Davie as the culmination of their intensive 14-week, 112-hour lecture, laboratory and field Master Gardener training. They join the ranks of 183 active Florida Master Gardeners, bringing the total serving the County to 212.

Master Gardeners learn about sustainable landscaping, including the use of native species, water and soil conservation, best management practices for irrigation, and pest management for homes and landscapes.

Florida Master Gardeners of Broward County are guided by 40 Local Master Gardener Coordinators in charge of activities in 30 cities. This class included students from Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Oakland Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise and Tamarac.

The Master Gardeners receive intensive instruction in their central role of working the Public Answer Hotline (954-370-3725 or via email at mastergardener@broward.org) and as Florida Yards & Neighborhoods/NatureScape Yard Inspectors as they serve the residents of Broward County.

The next Master Gardener training course will take place from March 15 to June 21, 2010. Applications and interviews for that class will be scheduled for mid-February. For information and to apply, contact broby@broward.org, visit www.broward.org/extension, or call 954-370-3725.

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