Backyard Garden Fest  and Plant Sale

The 2015, the 9th annual, Backyard Garden Fest and Plant Sale was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We had a lovely day for a plant festival.  It was a wonderful time.  Everyone seemed to be happy and enjoying themselves.  A lot of folks found some really nice plants.  Unfortunately, we underestimated the demand for peach trees and so ran out befor everyone desiring to get one could.  Thanks everyone who came.

Plant Clinic

Call us with your gardening questions!
We are trained specifically to help and are available at no charge. Call the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service at 863-519-1057, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Just ask for a Master Gardener.

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Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

Learn how to create a Florida-Friendly Yard with help from the Polk County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program. More...

Polk County Master GardenersProgram Described

A new brochure has beem developed to help the folks in Polk county to understand what their Master Gardeners do.  See the brochure here.  The brochure can be picked up at the Extension Service office 1702 Hwy17 S #98, Bartow, FL 33830 or at most activities involving Masater Gardeners.



Demonstration Gardens

Visit one of the four demonstration gardens around Polk County.

Master Gardener Training

Next class
Master Gardener Training will be in 2015. Class starts in September and ends in December.
Every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: is not yet set.
Polk County Extension Office, Highway 17/98 South, Bartow, Fl. 33830
863-519-8677 Ext. 0

The Master Gardener program is designed to train volunteers to help the Polk County Urban Environmental Horticulturist with his programs. After training is completed in December, you will be expected to contribute volunteer hours over the next year and to continue your education. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please print out and send in the SproutingKit to register. Cost is expected to be around $140.  This cost will pay for books, teaching supplies, and a Master Gardener shirt when you complete the class successfully.