Putnam County Master Gardener Program
Master Gardener Mission Statement
The Master Gardeners of Putnam County are University of Florida trained volunteer teachers. Master Gardeners help the County Horticulture Agent educate and inform our community about effective, environmentally sound, research-based information about gardening and landscape maintenance and design.
Fall Training Program
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? We offer training every fall for 12 weeks, typically starting in late August. Topics include soil science, basic botany, entomology, plant propagation, arboriculture, and many more! The training program is offered on Thursday from 9am-3:30pm, with field trips included. In order to be accepted, you will need to fill out our “Sprout Kit” which is an application where you describe your background, gardening experience and interests in volunteering. After you have been interviewed and screened, you will be notified regarding your admittance. There is a training fee, which varies every year depending on fees for field trips and other materials. You can anticipate the fee to be between $100 and $120 per person. Master Gardener volunteers participate in soil pH testing, demonstration gardens, public educational programs, plant clinics and working with youth. If you missed the opportunity for this year’s training program, please request that your information be placed on the waiting list for next year.
Annual Plant Sale
Putnam County Master Gardeners hold an annual plant sale each year on the third Saturday of April at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. Our sale is open from 8:30am to 2pm with up to 15 spaces available for vendors. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for Master Gardener projects, such as raised garden kits, seeds and potting media, training materials, awards and landscape tools. Plants offered are listed at prices ranging from 2/$1 up to $15 for large and unique plants. The majority of our plants are in quart-sized, gallon and 3-gallon pots. The Master Gardeners grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and ornamentals. The ornamentals include pollinator plants, native species, trees and shrubs. You will not find any invasive species, and all of our plants are inspected by FDACS’ Department of Plant Industry before being distributed. Please bring cash, checks or money orders. We are unable to accept credit or debit cards. Parking is available for free at the Putnam County Ag Center on Yelvington Road.