Dear Master Gardeners! 
I am so excited to be able to open the registration for this years continued training conference. This year the conference is in Kissimmee and it is more important than ever that you attend. We have worked hard to make the event affordable and have been able to reduce the registration fee dramatically while offering more education hours than ever before!

At the request of our statewide Master Gardener Advisory Committee, we will only be holding these large three day conferences every two years. They will be held on the odd years. On the even years, we will be holding low cost regional one day training events to make the education more available to everyone.


We hope to see you in Kissimmee!



Tom Wichman
State Master Gardener Coordinator


Meeting Site & Hotel Accommodations
Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
Phone: 1-407-597-4000
FAX: 1-407-597-4101  
Hotel Website
Free Self-Parking! 
The Embassy Suites Orlando-LBV South is offering participants of the 33rd Annual Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference, a very special rate of $109.00 per night, with a two-night minimum required, plus 12.5% state and local taxes, for single or double occupancy. Additional adults are $10 each per night.  The group rate will be honored three days prior and three days following the conference dates, based on availability. In order to receive the special discounted group rate you must state that you are with the Master Gardener Conference and include all roommate names in hotel reservation.

The Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended to September 25, 2013.

Visit the conference website for important hotel accommodations and reservation information: 

Explanation of Facilities Usage Fee    

For updates and important information, please visit:

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™/Florida Yards and Neighborhoods


Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program was developed to provide science-based interdisciplinary educational resources that result in the adoption of environmentally friendly landscape practices to reduce water use & non point source pollution, protect water bodes and natural resources and enhance the lives of Floridians. Master Gardeners who have received additional FFL training in their county can become Florida Yard Advisors and help homeowners evaluate and reduce the environmental impacts of their landscapes.


All conference participants will attend concurrent sessions sponsored by the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program   


Registration Information  

The Early Registration Deadline Extended to September 25th!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER and save $35.00!   
(Please review important Registration details located in the Registration section of the website)


Early Reduced  
(by 9/25/13)


Regular and Onsite (after 9/25/13)


Attendee Registration
(staying at host hotel -or- reside in Orange/Osceola)



Attendee Registration (not staying at host hotel)



One-Day Registration for Mon. 10/21 or Tue. 10/22



One-Day Registration for Wed. 10/23



Guest Registration



Optional Pre-Conference Field Trips - Sunday 10/20 - 12:30pm-5:30pm



See Revised Agenda - No Hort Auction this year


Important Deadlines Extended:

Early Registration Deadline Extended to
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended to
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 Quick Links
Sponsor Benefits

Reasons Why Your Organization or Company Should Sponsor the 33rd Annual Florida Master Gardener Conference: 

  • Participation as a sponsor will provide you with exposure to roughly 300-400 leaders and researchers in the gardening industry
  • Networking will provide you with potential contacts throughout Florida
  • Participation as an attendee and sponsor will help you promote your company as a leader in the gardening industry and increase its visibility on a state-wide level
  • The conference will highlight the latest scientific findings on various horticulture topics
  • Increase your organization's research and outreach capabilities
  • Your company will be featured on the conference web site with a link to your home page, enhancing regional awareness
  • You will be listed in the final conference program and during conference sessions


Conference Program Organizer
Tom Wichman, Florida Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Florida/IFAS

Environmental Horticulture Department
Phone: 352-273-4521


Conference Coordinator

Sharon Borneman, CGMP   

Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes
Phone: 352-392-5930