Below are just a few examples of the many outstanding projects developed by UC Master Gardeners throughout the state. Visit your local program website for a full listing of projects in your county.
"UC Master Gardeners of Marin County have saved residents tens of millions of gallons of water and completed more than 1,000 Marin-Friendly Water Walks since the program’s inception. Trained by MMWD conservationists and UC staff, UC Master Gardeners visit home gardens, test for water leaks, suggest irrigation improvements where possible, and help with water-wise plant selection and sustainable landscaping practices." - Steven Swain, Environmental Horticulture Advisor
UC Master Gardeners share ideas and empower local gardeners to improve their gardens, conserve water, and save money. Homeowners receive a written summary of the evaluation, with suggestions for improvement.
“UC Master Gardeners have stimulated some of our research and have inspired many products the UC Statewide IPM Program now has to offer. I am constantly amazed by the enthusiasm, energy, creativity and knowledge of UC Master Gardeners. What an incredible service they provide for UC and the California public!” –Mary Louise Flint, retired Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM, UC IPM
Each year UC IPM staff and academics train over 800 new and veteran UC Master Gardeners on IPM concepts and the availability of educational resources, including the UC IPM Web site, Pest Notes, Quick Tips, IPM touch-screen kiosks, training modules, videos and more. UC Master Gardeners are essential partners in helping the UC IPM Program realize its vision of “Making IPM the way Californians manage pests.”
New Melones Lake Green Team has made connections with the local community through the UC Master Gardeners of Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties. The Green Team provides training and assists in conducting sustainable greenhouse and wildlife habitat restoration projects.
“Last year more than 9,250 visitors were served by the Green Team at the visitor center and museum at New Melones Lake. The Green Team focuses on the development and implementation for I.D. and management of diseased and dying trees and plants, control of invasive plant and aquatic species, weed abatement and rangeland management. The UC Master Gardener Program has helped provide us with research-based information not only to share with visitors at the center, but also apply in the field.” - Sandra Suchodolski, Natural Resource Specialist & UC Master Gardener
The UC Master Gardener Program supports the New Melones Resource Management Plan by helping to meet its goals regarding conservation, protection, enhancement, development and the use of physical and biological resources in the region.