Master Gardener Training Class Information and Materials
Please note: The following information was for attendees of the 2013 MG training class.
A new agenda for the 2015 class will be posted when it is available.
Week 1 - January 25, 2013
- Master Gardener Introductions (Name, Island, have you attended a Master Gardener training (when and where), what do you want to learn from this class)
Solutions for Your Life http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/
EDIS - http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/
MG South Manuals http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_book_mg_south
- Nine FFL Principles (PowerPoint)
Readings: Florida Friendly Landscape Handbook (1-17)
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/
Florida Friendly Landscaping http://www.floridayards.org/
- Sense of Place (PowerPoint)
FYI - Books: Monroe County Environmental Story (1991) or The Florida Keys Environmental Story (1997)
Group activity - Select one from each group from FFL Plant Selection plants grown in zone 10b or 11: large tree, medium tree, small tree, large shrub, small shrub, vine, ground cover, grass, palm and palm-like plant, perennial, annual.
- Plant & Soil Relations (PowerPoint)
Hands-on activities - (soil texture-jar, soil pH, soil buffering capacity, soil water)
MGs soils and fertilizers http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_mg_soil_and_fertilizers
UF soil and water science http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/
Soil testing (EDIS) http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_soil_testing
- Watering Efficiently (PowerPoint)
Readings: Florida Friendly Landscape Handbook (17-21)
- Jeopardy (PowerPoint) - FFL, Sense of Place, Plant & Soil Relations, Watering Efficiently
- MG Mentors (3:30 pm) – Susan Matthews and Bill Warner
Week 2 - February 1, 2013
MG I.E. Schilling – Organizing your Master Gardener materials
- Rain Barrel (Video)
- Rain Barrel Booklet
- Rain Barrel (How to make one)
- Hands-on activity water test (EC testing, water infiltration exercise)
Readings: Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook (43-48)
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FR002 How Trees Grow in the Urban Environment
DDIS Plant Identification (Exercise) – Interns: bring a plant for identification
Plant Identification http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SR013
Plant Identification and Information Service
DDIS website: http://ddis.ifas.ufl.edu
U: MCMG P: agentkim
- Growing a Healthy Landscape (PowerPoint)
Site visit: (trees, palms, shrubs & ground covers) – Tranquility Bay & Government Center Parking Lots
How to Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping Plant List (Articulate – home viewing)
Readings: FFL Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG086 Basic Principles of Landscape Design
http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FFL_Book_Zone_10_081610.pdf Florida Pattern Book
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP39600.pdf Adopting Florida Friendly Landscape
Florida Tree Selector
Week 3 - February 8, 2013
Readings – Trees and Palms: Florida Gardener’s Resource (252-285)
Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center Palms website: http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/palm_prod/palm_production.shtml
FYI: Books – Great references
Betrock’s Guide to Landscape Palms (Meerow)
Ornamental Palm Horticulture (Broschat & Meerow)
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms (Riffle, Craft and Zona)
- Turf grass (PowerPoint)
Readings: Lawn Handbook
St. Augustine (35-45)
Watering your Florida Lawn: (90-93)
Mowing your Lawn (87-90)
Thatch & Its Control in Florida Lawns (98-102)
Readings: Florida Gardener’s Resource (136-159)
Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center Turf website: http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/turfgrass_science.shtml
Site Visit (palms & turf) – Marathon location - TBD
What’s growing in your garden (ask the Interns)
Four Vegetable Garden presentations (Articulate)
Nematodes & Management: Ornamentals & Turf Grass http://solutionsforyourlife.com/lawn_and_garden/
Week 4 - February 15, 2013
- Nutrient Cycling (PowerPoint)
- Landscape Fertilizers (PowerPoint)
- Soil Biology (PowerPoint)
- Palm Fertilization (PowerPoint)
- Composting and Vermiculture (PowerPoint) & Clydes
Readings: Helpful, Harmful, and Harmless photo deck
Pests in the Home and Landscape (132-136, 187-189, 205-232, 235-270)
Microscope Activity – Interns: bring in two insect samples (one landscape pest & one indoors pest)
Week 5 - February 22, 2013
MG Kitty Somerville (9 am) talks about her MG projects
- Native Plants (PowerPoint)
Low Maintenance Plants – South Florida:
Natives for Your Neighborhood: http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/default.asp
FYI – Books: Native Trees and Shrubs of the Florida Keys (Scurlock)
Flower Keys Wildflowers (Hammer)
- Invasive Plants (PowerPoint)
MG Bernhard Rasch (11:30 pm- noon) talks about Solitary Bees & UF Native Buzz project
- Invasive Wildlife (PowerPoint)
Big Pine Key Field Trip – 1 pm to 3 pm (Natives and Invasive Plants – meet with Kristie Killam, Florida Fish and Wildlife Service).
Drive to No Name Key @ Watson Blvd & and No Name Rd, then park along side of road. There is a good trail through the pine rocklands, followed by hammock area.
Week 6 - March 1, 2013
- Identifying Common Florida Keys Insects Problems (PowerPoint)
- Pesticide Safety & Labeling (PowerPoint)
- Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (PowerPoint)
Activity: Rugose Spiraling Whitefly life stages and beneficial wasps and beetles.
Readings: Pests in and Around the Florida Home (1-25)
Assignment: Interns - bring in insect samples found in turf and on ornamental plants.
Assignment: Interns - bring in weed samples.
- Nematodes (PowerPoint)
Week 7 - March 8, 2013
- Greening and Canker Training for MGs (PowerPoint)
- Managing Diseases and Disorders in Ornamentals (PowerPoint)
Assignment: Interns - bring in samples or digital photos of ornamental plant or turf problems.
- Integrated Pest Management (PowerPoint)
- Avocado Lace Bug
- Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
- Insect Borers
- Insect Galls
- Mites on Ornamentals
- Scale and Mealybug
- Scale ID
- Stinging and Venomous Caterpillars
- Fall Armyworm
- Ground Pearls
- Hunting Billbug
- Lawn Caterpillars
- Pest Mole Cricket Management
- Southern Chinch Bug
- Twolined Spittlebug
- White Grub
Solving Insect and Abiotic Disorders
- Eliminating Insect Damage and Abiotic Disorders (PowerPoint)
Solving Landscape Problems
- How to Solve Ornamental Plant and Turf Problems (PowerPoint)
Horticulture Scavenger Hunt
Week 8 - March 15, 2013
Managing Diseases and Tropical Fruit
TREC Driving Directions: 18905 S.W. 280 Street, Homestead, FL 33031 Ph: 305-246-7000
- Upon entering Florida City, take the first turn Left onto Route 997. (This is before the first red light.)
- Proceed to Palm Avenue, turn Left.
- Take Palm Avenue, turn Right onto Redlands (SW 187th Avenue). Note: Post Office is on the corner.
- Proceed to SW 280th Street, turn Left.
- Make first Right onto TREC property, cross over speed bumps and park in front of building. Look for the white Monroe County Dodge Caravan and Master Gardener training signs.
Please carpool. I will be leaving BPK Winn-Dixie parking lot (closest to Key Deer Blvd) at 6:30 am. I can take 5 passengers; let me know if you will ride with me.
If you have any problems call Kim Gabel’s cell number: 305-587-9491
Plant Pathology, Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D.
(9:30 to 11:30 am) PowerPoint & plant clinic tour
Review before attending Plant Pathology class: http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/plant_pathology_guidelines/index.shtml
Tropical Fruit, Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.
(12:00 to 3:00 pm) PowerPoint & tour
Readings: Avocado, Bananas, Mango IFAS fact sheets
Readings: Florida Gardener’s Resource (76-107)
Handout - Take home exam: You have one week to complete exam; bring to class completed on March 22nd.
Week 9 - March 22, 2013
• Customer Service (PowerPoint)
• Web Resources for Master Gardeners (PowerPoint)
MG Volunteer Management System
Potluck Lunch - sign up for exit interviews.
Environmental Horticulture Agent