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 1st 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.
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Kids' Class - Grow n' Show Your Plants at the Fair

Pre-register at http://ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/El_Dorado_County_Fair/.

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

6: Spring and Summer Vegetables - Instructor: Zack Dowell - 9:00 am - Noon

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. FREE CLASS

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville

6: Pruning for Next Years’ Fabulous Rose Display - Instructor: Eve Keener - 1:00 - 4:00 pm

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: February 13)

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

10: Developing a Vegetable Garden in a Small Backyard Setting - Instructor: Mike Pavlick - 9:00 am - Noon

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

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

13: Saturdays with Barry - Instructor: Barry Wold - 10:00 am – noon

Join Barry at the Sherwood Demonstrations Gardens’ Vegetable Garden the second Saturday of each month for demonstrations on gardening through the seasons. Barry will explain various planting, thinning and pest control, as well as needs for the success of your vegetable garden during each month’s demonstration. 

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

20: Gardening in the Foothills - Instructor: Steve Savage - 9:00 am - Noon 

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

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville

27: Raising Backyard Chickens University of California Cooperative Extension Workshop - $25 workshop registration fee - 9:00 am - 3:30

In this one-day workshop participants will learn the basics of small flock management. University of California experts and industry specialists will discuss poultry care, health and healthy egg production. Participants can get questions answered by experts in the field. There is a $25 fee for this workshop with continental breakfast and lunch included. Call (530) 621-5512 to reserve your spot by February 15, 2016.

Location: Shingle Springs Rancheria Gymnasium, Placerville CA

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

5: Propagation from Seed Instructors - Gail Fulbeck/Debbie Hillel - 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn about the selection and germination of seeds, starting media, containers, growing out, hardening off and transplanting seedlings. Also the common reasons for germination and seedling failure. After the classroom presentation participants are invited to the Sherwood Demonstration Garden (weather permitting) to plant seeds to take home. Seeds and containers provided; bring clean gloves to participate. (Class begins in Room A205) FREE CLASS

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

5: Grow & Show Your Plants at the Fair - 10:00 - 11:00 am

See the Grow & Show flyer for details.

Location: El Droado County Fairgrounds, Floriculture Building, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville

9: Native Plants for Home Gardens - Instructor: Catherine Moné - 9:00 am - noon

Join the growing movement of gardeners who are creating beautiful yards that provide habitat for pollinators and wildlife. Learn to select appropriate natives, minimize irrigation needs, and garden in harmony with your local ecosystem. We will focus on robust foothill natives that need no fertilizers or pesticides and use very little water once established. Enliven your yard, lower your water bill, and contribute to building important wildlife corridors. FREE CLASS

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

12: Saturdays with Barry - Instructor: Barry Wold - 10:00 am – noon

Join Barry at the Sherwood Demonstrations Gardens’ Vegetable Garden the second Saturday of each month for demonstrations on gardening through the seasons. Barry will explain various planting, thinning and pest control, as well as needs for the success of your vegetable garden during each month’s demonstration. FREE CLASS

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

12: Backyard Beekeeping - Instructor: Sharlet Elms - 9:00 am - noon

Do you 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. Learn about 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. FREE CLASS

Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive

19: Tomatoes from Seed to Table (MG/MFP combo class) - Instructors: Dowell/Young/Johnson - 9:00 am - noon

Tomatoes are a favorite in the spring and summer garden, and are the reason many people get started gardening in the first place. In this class, MG Zack Dowell will show you how to choose the right varieties, deal with insects and diseases, properly water, care for, and harvest your tomatoes. MG’s and MFP’s Cindy Young and Judi Johnson, will talk about what you can do with your tomato harvest: canning, dehydrating and freezing. FREE CLASS

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville

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