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Coming Soon Regional Drought Workshops: The New California Landscape

The Statewide UC Master Gardener Program in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources has secured funding to provide regional drought workshops. The workshops will focus on the critical issue of water management in the home landscape and provide a forum for discussion of drought-related UC Master Gardener outreach around the state. The statewide office will be looking for interested host counties to work in partnership to roll out these workshops to the UC

Master Gardener volunteers.

To provide continuing education for UC Master Gardeners, the Statewide UC Master Gardener Program provides regional workshops and trainings.  These events are always popular and serve as a place for Master Gardeners to learn new things, refine their skills, interact with University of California scientists, and meet other gardeners.  By promoting activities where UC Master Gardeners learn together, the Statewide UC Master Gardener Program ensures that Master Gardeners are up-to-date with the most recent research recommendations from the University of California.

Together, through this series of workshops, the UC Master Gardeners are making a difference!  Hope to see you at one of “The New California Landscape” drought workshops!

Tags: Statewide UC Master Gardener Program; Training; Workshop; Drought

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Author: Lauren Snowden

VMS Reappointment Process Begins June 1

Annual reappointment is a requirement for all volunteers working with UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Please read this update thoroughly and direct any questions regarding the appointment process to your county's Program Coordinator, Advisor or County Director. 

Reappointment starts June 1, the process for reappointment can be done in three easy steps!


Step One: Select “Complete Agreement Now” in VMS

  • Log into VMS, vms.ucanr.edu
  • Select “Complete Agreement Now” from prompt box at top of VMS home screen


Step Two: Complete all three sections to fulfill county requirements for participation


Step Three: Verify Date Completed Displays and Print a Copy for your Records  


Quick Tips and FAQ's:

Who must complete the reappointment process? 
The Appointment process is mandatory for all UCCE Master Gardeners / Master Food Preservers, including:

  • Active
  • Limited Active
  • First-Year
  • Gold Badge
  • Platinum Badge

How many hours do I need to volunteer for reappointment? 
The minimum hours required to remain a certified UCCE Master Gardener / UCCE Master Food Preserver are:

  • 25 hours - Volunteer
  • 12 hours - Continuing education

Note: First year UCCE Master Gardeners / UCCE Master Food Preservers are required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours (no continuing education requirement) before the next certification cycle.

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Don’t Grow Crazy – An Update on California’s PlantRight Program

Figure 1. Periwinkle (Vinca major) is a fastgrowing, competitive plant that forms dense mats of growth.
Choosing the right plant for the right place is a key element to protecting California's rich natural ecosystems. When used appropriately, plants offer us nourishment, beauty, sanctuary, and habitat; but some plants may have adverse environmental consequences.

Since 2005, PlantRight has worked with a diverse alliance of stakeholders to address the problem of horticultural plants that become invasive in California (Figure 1). Run by non-profit Sustainable Conservation, PlantRight tackles this important issue in a collaborative, voluntary, and science-based fashion, focusing on solutions that make environmental and economic sense.

We first shared information on PlantRight's programs in the June 2012 issue of UC IPM's Retail Nursery and Garden Center News. We are pleased to give you an update on several developments that have happened since then.

Revised Plant List: After a year-long review...

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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM
  • Author: Christopher Crawford, PlantRight
  • Editor: Karey Windbiel-Rojas

Help protect California's citrus from ACP

The Asian citrus psyllid was first detected in California in 2008 and is now confirmed in 13 counties, including all of Southern California and as far north as Santa Clara County.* Thus, the psyllid is established near, or threatening much of, California's commercial, nursery, and residential citrus. When the pest is found, quarantines are put in place to restrict the movement of citrus plants and plant clippings in order to limit spread of the pest.

There are things that residents and maintenance gardeners can do to help minimize the spread of this pest and HLB.

To read more about ACP and HLB, click here


Asian citrus psyllid adult, and white wax tubules from yellowish nymphs.


Asymmetrical yellow mottling of leaves and odd shape and greening of fruit, symptoms of Huanglongbing (citrus greening).

Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Perfect Gift for Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is right around the corner (Sunday, May 10th) and we know that Mother's Day shopping can be a challenge. If your trying to think of the perfect gift for the Mom in your life why not buy her the CA Master Gardener Handbook, Second Edition and you'll get a copy of Healthy Roses for FREE! Click on the link to order. http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:06 AM

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