Sumter County Extension offers various classes and clinics throughout The Villages on a monthly basis, such as Ask the Master Gardener Plant Clinic and the New Resident Florida Friendly Landscaping Workshop.
The UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension is a federal, state and local partnership that provides research-based information from the University of Florida to local residents. Extension offers various programs relating to lawns and gardens. Apart from this, they also offer programs for agriculture, nutrition and wellness, livestock and dairy, and youth development (4-H).
The two local extension agents specializing in lawns and gardens are:
Extension Agent II Residential Horticulture, Master Gardener Coordinator and Florida Master Naturalist Instructor
Jim is a native of Central Florida and has been serving as an extension agent in Sumter County since May of 2006.
Education: The University of Florida - M.S. Entomology and Nematology
The University of Florida - B.S. Environmental Horticulture, specializing in public garden management, with a minor in Entomology and Nematology
Duties: The role of the residential horticulture extension agent is to educate Floridians on science-based, environmentally friendly landscaping practices and encourage residents to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources by applying Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles. Educational presentations are delivered to community associations, landscape professionals, box retail outlets, garden clubs and youth within Sumter County, including The Villages. The agent is also responsible for training and recruiting Master Gardener volunteers to help carry out duties for the program.
Certified Horticulture Professional, FNGLA
GI-BMP Certified Instructor
Florida Master Naturalist Program Certified Instructor
Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture
Lloyd's primary focus is on equipping the commercial landscape maintenance and installation industry of Sumter County with the latest research and best methods of sustainable landscape management practices. His position is partially funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District in partnership with Sumter County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida. Lloyd comes from Palm Beach County where he served as the landscape manager for the world-famous historic oceanfront resort The Breakers Palm Beach. Prior to that position, he held the same title in central Florida for the theme park Universal Orlando.