Silent Auction

The silent auction will return at the 35th Florida Master Gardener Conference! From new gardening tools and accessories to rare plants, rain barrels, and baskets of local goodies, you’ll be sure to find plenty to pique your interest.

Silent auction proceeds support the Master Gardener Awards of Excellence and Service Awards.

Auction Donations

Conference organizers are calling on the Master Gardener counties to donate items for auction. Each donating county will have a designated display area at the conference. If a county wants to donate but will not have representatives attending the conference, adjacent counties can submit auction items on their behalf. Space will be limited so we are limiting donations to 10 items per county; you can combine items into lots. Please consult Auction Committee Chair, David Austin, in advance regarding donations.

County Competition

Coordinators, ask your volunteers to put their heads together to outdo the other participating counties! The county whose auction item(s) bring in the most money will receive a prize packet including a Master Gardener tablecloth, a $50 gift certificate to the IFAS Extension Bookstore, and a box of caladiums. Counties can include a coordinator or group photo with the display item(s) so bidders can identify the county each contribution will benefit. Auction proceeds will go toward awards recognizing MG volunteers for their length of service and innovative programming.

If you are interested in donating to the auction, please email descriptions and item photos (if available) to David Austin at no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.

Auction Itinerary

Friday Friday, October 13, 2017
5:00pm Item Donation Notification Deadline - Email David Austin
Sunday Sunday, October 15, 2017
4:30pm-6:30pm Early Item Donation Check-In
Monday Monday, October 16, 2017
7:30am-5:00pm Item Donation Check-In
Tuesday Tuesday, October 17, 2017
8:00am-5:15pm Auction Open for Bidding
4:45pm-5:15pm Last Call for Bids - during refreshment break
5:45pm-6:45pm Auction Checkout

NOTE: Only cash or check payments will be accepted during auction checkout, so please plan accordingly! There is an ATM available onsite at the host hotel.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed a national and international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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