With its warm, humid climate, abundant rainfall, and sandy soils, Florida presents unique challenges and unique opportunities for residents who enjoy gardening or just want to maintain a beautiful landscape. Whether you hope to grow your own vegetables, adorn the yard with gorgeous ornamentals, or simply keep your lawn neat and healthy, UF/IFAS Extension has resources that can help. If you’re interested in hands-on learning, UF/IFAS Extension county offices across the state hold classes led by experts who can help you develop a greener thumb.
The Florida Master Gardener Program offers a rigorous horticultural science curriculum that trains laypeople to become Master Gardeners. After being certified, they volunteer at UF/IFAS Extension offices, fielding questions and solving problems submitted by local residents. Whether you need help or want to help others, Florida Master Gardeners want to hear from you.
UF/IFAS Extension promotes good stewardship of Florida’s natural resources with information on sustainable landscaping, including plant selection, soil composition, irrigation and more. Our best recommendations are collected in the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, which offers research-based environmental education and legislatively mandated industry training to residents, business owners and landscaping experts.
UF/IFAS Extension’s Gardening Solutions program can help you discover the incredible array of plant species common in Florida yards, including groundcovers, flowers, edibles, shrubs, trees and, of course, weeds. And if a green lawn is your goal, we offer advice on choosing, establishing and maintaining turfgrass and alternative groundcovers.