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Become a UC Master Gardener

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The UC Master Gardener Program is open to individuals interested in becoming volunteers and sharing gardening knowledge with the public through community outreach. Applicants looking to increase knowledge and horticulture experience will be considered regardless of gardening experience. 


Examples of community outreach from UC Master Gardeners: 

  • Demonstration and community gardens
  • School gardens
  • Classes and workshops
  • Websites and blogs
  • Free diagnostic office and hotline
  • Fairs and plant clinics
  • Print and digital media

How UC Master Gardeners make a difference:


  • Promote environmentally responsible and sustainable horticultural practices
  • Reduce fertilizer and pesticide pollutants
  • Protect water quality and promote water conservation
  • Compost green-waste,reducing landfill materials and improving air quality
  • Detect and manage invasive species
  • Raise wildland fire protection awareness


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Master Gardener Training Courses

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Once accepted into the UC Master Gardener program by a local UC Cooperative Extension office, applicants will receive a minimum of 50 hours of training provided by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources over the course of 16 weeks .

Training topics include:

  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • Soil and Fertilizer Management
  • Water Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Pathology
  • Insects
  • Weeds
  • Safe and Sustainable Pest Management
  • House Plants
  • Lawns
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Home Vegetable Gardening
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Temperate Tree Fruit and Nut Crops
  • Citrus
  • Avocados
  • Landscape and Garden Design
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Diagnosing Plant Problems

In exchange for education and certification, UC Master Gardeners are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours in the first year and 25 hours each subsequent year. UC Master Gardeners must complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education per year, starting their second year.