David Austin, Environmental Horticulture Agent & Master Gardener Coordinator
(863) 402-7140


Important Dates

Barry Foster Radio Show

Tune in to TK 730AM to listen to Highlands County Horticulturist, David Austin and Master Gardeners speak with local favorite, Barry Foster on all things involving horticulture every second Friday of each month from 8-10am.

Heartland Beekeepers Association

Visit us at the Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center – Conference Room #2 on the second Thursday of each month, from 7-10pm to discuss all things bees and become a member of the Heartland Beekeeper Association!

Master Gardener Class

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please contact David Austin at: davidaustin@ufl.edu or

Florida Friendly Landscaping

  • Irrigation Evaluations
  • Articles
  • Programs

Lawn and Garden

  • Help Desk
  • Master Gardener Program
  1. Help Desk
  2.  M.G.Program
  • Demostration Garden
  • Irrigation Evaluations


  • Urban
  1. Florida Friendly Landscaping
  2. Events
  3. Articles 
  • Commercial
  1. Landscaping Maintenance
  2. Pesticide Co.
  3. Greenhouses
  4. Woody Ornamental Nurseries
  5. Pesticide Training 

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN)

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods can help you transform your yard into a beautiful oasis that will not only conserve precious water resources and reduce pollution, but will also help you save time, energy and money. e

Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Program provides education-based instruction methods incorporated with the latest scientific research, helping Florida citizens to learn more about horticulture in exchange for a predetermined number of volunteer hours.