UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
University of California
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 2015 Master Gardener Public Education Class Schedule for El Dorado County through May.

  • 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.

2015 UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County's February Classes

21:  Gardening in the Foothills

Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique Foothills environment.  Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of light, heat, and terrain on plants; micro-climates; frost formation and protection; and how to make short range forecasts for your garden.

Location: Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building, 311 Fair Ln., Placerville, CA

28:  Cutting Back Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are wonderful landscape plant that requires little in the way of maintenance, are pretty much pest free and can be worked into many different garden themes. Master Gardener Sue McDavid will show you how and when to cut back each type of grass to keep them looking their best.

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden, Folsom Lake College/El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville (located in front of the Community Observatory).

2015 UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County's March Classes

3/7 Shade Garden Instructors: M. Campbell / S. Corey-McAlpine / EJ Kipping

Shade gardens offer cool beauty to your landscape. They add texture, color and flowers to your garden. Join this talented team of Master Gardeners as they teach what plants thrive in all kinds of shade---dappled to deep.

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane, Placerville

3/14 Propagation from Seed Instructors: Gail Fulbeck / Debbie Hillel

Master Gardeners Gail Fulbeck and Debbie Hillel will teach the various methods of propagating plants by seed. Covered will be selection and germination, starting media, planting containers, hardening off and transplanting seedlings, and common reasons for germination and seedling failure.

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane, Placerville

3/18 The Art of Growing Succulents Instructors: B. Handen / D. Hillel / J. Geggett

The Art of Growing Succulents can be yours. Attend this class to find out everything you have ever wanted to know about growing succulents. Succulents are water saving plants at their best. Learn how to properly water, grow, propagate and feed succulents. This Master Gardener team will also show you how to keep your succulents from freezing in colder climates. The class will offer hands-on succulent propagation techniques. Cuttings will be available to take home.

Location: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park

3/28 Tomatoes - From Seed to Pot Instructors: Z. Dowell / C. Young / J. Johnson

Tomatoes are a favorite in the spring and summer garden, and are the reason many people get started gardening in the first place. Master Gardener and vegetable guru Zack Dowell will show you how to choose the right varieties, deal with problem pests and properly care for your tomatoes. In the second half, MG/MFPs Cindy Young and Judi Johnson will talk about what you can do with your harvest: Canning, dehydrating and freezing.

This is a co presentation of the UCCE Master Gardeners and UCCE Master Food Preservers.

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane, Placerville

3/28 Drip Irrigation Instructors: Debbie Hillel / Sheri Burke

With summer coming soon, it is very important to preserve our water resources, while protecting the investments in our plants and landscaping. Join Master Gardeners Debbie Hillel and Sheri Burke as they discuss the basics of home sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. Learn how to provide your plants with the water they need and reduce your water bill.

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden, Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center,
6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

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