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.
“In order to better understand the appeal and usefulness of the All-Stars in different climate zones throughout the state, UCCE has been conducting plant trials in cooperation with UC Master Gardener programs since 2007. UC Master Gardeners are an important key to the Arboretum All-Star project, providing research, valuable feedback, and by raising awareness about native and low water-use plants with the clientele in their counties.” - Karrie Reid, Director
UC Master Gardeners report on pest or disease problems, flowering, overall appearance, and other ornamental features (such as durability, size, and leaf qualities). Monthly evaluation data are compiled for analysis, and the information is disseminated through print and online media, public workshops, and seminars.
"The results from this survey help us remove invasive plants from all aspects of the nursery supply chain. Through their role as citizen scientists, UC Master Gardener volunteers are protecting California from further spread of invasive plants that would otherwise degrade our valued natural areas and threaten wildlife." Christopher Crawford, PlantRight
This past year more than 130 volunteers - over 90% of whom are UC Master Gardener volunteers - donated more than 350 hours of their time, collecting data from 223 nurseries and retail stores in 38 counties across the state. Each survey provides PlantRight with the critical information it needs to update its list of invasive garden plants.
"At retail prices, the Farm & Food Lab has produced crops with a retail value in excess of $30,000. Second Harvest and the Orange County Food Bank have expressed extreme gratitude to the Great Park, especially with the current economic downturn and serious shortage in food supplies.” – Orange County Great Park, www.ocgp.org
The Farm & Food Lab demonstrates best practices in sustainable home gardening techniques. It is designed, planted, and maintained by UC Master Gardeners of Orange County, who hold garden workshops, act as docents, staff special events, and participate in organizing tours for schools and other groups.