Environmental Horticulture

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Plant Diagnostic Clinics

UF/IFAS, Monroe County Extension Service offers free plant clinics. Master Gardener Volunteers will be onsite at regional plant clinics to help assist with plant identification, disease diagnosis, insect identifications/problems, and other services related to diagnosing gardening and/or landscape problems.

Key West: First and Third Monday of every month from 9 am-12 pm (excluding holidays) at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street,           Suite 2-260

Marathon: Third Saturday of every month from 9 am-12 pm (excluding holidays) at the Marathon Home Depot, 4555 Overseas Highway

Key Largo: First and Third Wednesday of every month from 9 am-12 pm (excluding holidays) at the Murray E. Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Hwy.

Photos and samples are helpful!

Photo: clear photos of the issues you are having will help master gardeners with diagnosis. Make sure photos are if focus and take one of the whole plant and some close-ups of the problem(s).

Plant Sample: Samples should include healthy material and material showing issue(s) to be identified. Bring material in a plastic bag and, if possible, collect on the same day as the plant clinic, otherwise keep sample refrigerated.

Insect Sample: Samples should be placed in a jar or other suitable container. Collect more than one specimen if possible. Insects may be dead or alive.

Not able to attend a plant clinic? No problem, you can email our Environmental Horticulture Agent, Michelle Leonard-Mularz, at mularz-michelle@monroecounty-fl.gov. Please include detailed photographs.

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Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? 

The next course begins February 15th! Read through the 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Information Packet, and complete the application at the end. Please return all applications to Michelle Leonard-Mularz, at mleonard@ufl.edu, by January 2nd to be included in selection for the class.

  1. Michelle Leonard-Mularz

    Environmental Horticulture Agent
    Phone: 305-292-4504

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