UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Public Education Classes

Master Gardeners offer free classes most Saturdays of the year. No advance registration is needed.

Download the 2016 Master Gardener Public Education 4th Quarter Class Schedule for El Dorado County.

  • Classes start at 9:00 and usually run until Noon, unless otherwise noted.
  • Please call to confirm the class location or check this website; the location may change due to circumstances beyond our control.

2016 UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County's December Classes

12/10 Home Orchards - Instructors: Pam Lane & Bill Curtaz

Join instructors Bill Curtaz and Pam Lane in a discussion regarding all aspects of beginning and maintaining a home orchard. Planting and tending techniques will be discussed, as well as pruning and safety techniques. Irrigation, fertilization, pests and diseases will be highlighted as well. Come join us and add to the discussion on the do's and don'ts of home orchard management.

9:00 am – noon Government Center Hearing Room Building “C” - 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville


12/10 Saturdays with Barry - Instructor: Barry Wold

A lot of things are happening in the fall vegetable garden. Barry will explain various planting, thinning and pest control needs for the success of your vegetable garden during each month’s demonstration. The Demonstration Garden docents will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions and show you around! FREE CLASS

10:00 am – noon Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

2017 UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County's January Classes

1/14 The Good The Bad and the Bugly - Instructors: Mary Tran 

This class is about biological control of garden pests. Join us to practice recognizing our insect (and spider) allies and take a look at ways to protect them and encourage them to hang around the garden.

9:00 am – noon Government Center Hearing Room Building “C” - 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville


1/14 Saturdays with Barry Instructor: Barry Wold

A lot of things are happening in the fall vegetable garden. Barry will explain various planting, thinning and pest control needs for the success of your vegetable garden during each month’s demonstration. The Demonstration Garden docents will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions and show you around! FREE CLASS

10:00 am – noon Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville


1/21 Pruning Fruit Trees - Instructors: Bill Curtaz and Pam Lane

Do you know how to prune your trees for the maximum yield of fruit? Master Gardeners Pam Lane and Walt Miller will discuss the basics of how and when trees grow, how to prime to minimize injury and when and when not to prune. The discussion will focus on how to prune to establish a structurally sound tree and the development of small fruit trees, commonly called “fruit bushes.” Learn the difference between genetic dwarfs and trees that are "dwarfed.” Rain date: January 28.

10:00 am – noon Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville


1/28 Backyard Beekeeping - Instructor Sharlet Elms

Want to do something to improve your gardens and help the world at the same time? Consider keeping bees! This class will introduce you to beekeeping in your backyard, explain the current state of bees, and how bees affect your everyday life, and the process of maintaining a hive or two. The class will also give you some resources for getting started.

Location TBD

2017 UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County's February Classes

2/4 Spring & Summer Vegetables - Instructor: Zack Dowell

It's time to prepare the garden for the delicious spring and summer vegetables. Master Gardener Zack Dowell will discuss garden plant selection, planting times, site selection, soil preparation, proper seed planting techniques, and pest management. 

9:00 am – noon Government Center Hearing Room Building “C” - 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville


2/8 Small Garden Spaces - Instructor Mike Pavlick

Join Master Gardener Mike Pavlick in a discussion that will cover sight location, design, raised bed options, container gardening and other methods that will allow anyone to have a vegetable garden in a small backyard setting.

9:00 am – noon Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park


2/11 Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Use - Instructor: Alice Cantelow

Tap into free water sources that are readily available on your own property: rainwater andgreywater. You will learn various methods of collecting and utilizing rain, including rain gardens. Master Gardener AliceCantelow will also tell you how to safely and legally use greywater—the water from your clothes washer, shower and bathroom sinks. Real life examples from our area will be discussed.

9:00 am – noon Government Center Hearing Room Building “C” - 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville


2/11 Saturdays with Barry - Instructor: Barry Wold

A lot of things are happening in the fall vegetable garden. Barry will explain various planting, thinning and pest control needs for the success of your vegetable garden during each month’s demonstration. The Demonstration Garden docents will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions and show you around! FREE CLASS

10:00 am – noon Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville


2/25 Pruning for Next Years’ Fabulous Rose Display - Instructor: Eve Keener

The timing of rose pruning in our county is critical. If you are a novice or need a review of the “whys, whens and hows” of rose pruning this class is for you. Join Master Gardener Eve Keener for a workshop on this art and grow roses your neighbors will envy! (Rain date: TBD)

10:00 am – noon Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

THE SHERWOOD DEMONSTRATION GARDEN

Closed for the season (except for the Saturday's with Barry classes). Will reopen in April.

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