Want to be a Master Gardener?
I am interested in becoming a UC Master Gardener.
Click here to add your name to our waiting list. Next training will begin in 2019.
What is a Master Gardener?
UCCE Master Gardeners are trained representatives of the University of California Cooperative Extension, providing horticultural advice and information to our home gardening community. Volunteer training for the 2017 volunteer candidates is currently in progress. Please call Sutter-Yuba Cooperative Extension at 530-822-7515 if you would like join us in 2019. Master gardener applicants should have some agricultural or horticultural experience, a keen interest in gardening, be available for initial training, and be able to communicate effectively with individuals and groups.
As a volunteer, you have an opportunity to serve and share your talents in a variety of ways:
- you may assist gardeners at our office,
- staff our information desks at farmers markets or plant clinics,
- contribute at various community projects, events and plant sales,
- share your horticultural knowledge by writing for our newsletter or designing publications and presentations.
The cost for the program is $175, which includes three UC reference books. As part of our training program, applicants attend a 64-hour series of classes, with subjects including basic horticulture, propagation, soil and irrigation management, plant diseases, plant and insect identification, pest control, and planning nature-friendly gardens. After passing a written examination, first-year master gardeners are expected to volunteer a minimum of 50 volunteer hours to activities mutually agreed upon with our Master Gardener Program adviser. Each year thereafter, master gardeners volunteer at least 25 hours.