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 2015 Master Gardener Public Education Class Schedule for El Dorado County - March - June.

  • 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 March Classes

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

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

4/11 Landscape Trees and Shrubs: Selections for the Foothills - Instructor: Steve Savage

Join Master Gardener Steve Savage to learn about basic landscaping concepts. Learn how to get started, which trees and shrubs work best in the foothills, and how to bring this altogether to create a pleasing, survivable landscape. Special emphasis on drought tolerant plants including trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers.

Location:  9:00 am - noon Bethel-Delfino Agriculture Building, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville

4/11 Youth Course: Jr's Jams & Jellies and Growing the Fruit at Home. (MFP and MG Co-Presentation) Pre-registration required

Location:  Kids Expo/ El Dorado County Fairgrounds
Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

4/15 Living With Oaks - Instructor: Heidi Napier

El Dorado County is graced with handsome and enduring California Oaks. New construction, irrigated lawns and cultivated land can endanger them, and they need proper care to continue to thrive. Join Master Gardener Heidi Napier for a presentation on the various methods to maintain and protect these wonderful trees.

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

4/24-26 Look for our booth during The Home and Garden Show at the Placerville Fairgrounds. We will be available to answer all of your home gardening questions!

4/25 Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Use  - Instructor: Alice Cantelow

Tap into free water sources that are readily available on your own property: rainwater and greywater. You will learn various methods of collecting and utilizing rain, including rain gardens. Master Gardener Alice Cantelow 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.

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

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