Butte County Master Gardeners
Butte County Gardening Guide and Three-year Journal
Compiled and edited by the Butte County Master Gardeners. Find out how the Guide can help you with your yard and garden.
Just $25 (includes sales tax)
Available at Master Gardener booths at farmers markets throughout Butte County, the Patrick Ranch Gift Store (sales tax not included at Patrick Ranch), and the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office.
Master Gardener Training program starts January 19
Download the Master Gardener application.
Application must be received by 5pm on September 30.
What's Growing On
Real Dirt Blog
Gardening with California Native Plants
By Cindy Weiner, Butte County Master Gardener, August 28, 2015
If you've let your lawn die during the drought, you may be wondering how to proceed to establish a drought-tolerant garden in its place. Well, now is the perfect time to plan and design your California native garden in preparation for planting in the fall.
Native plants have clear advantages over most non-natives. They are already adapted to our climate, soils, and insect pests. You'll save money by reducing your use of water, fertilizers and pesticides. Most natives need little pruning or other maintenance once they're established, so you'll be able to spend more time enjoying your garden, and less time working in it. Natives support local ecology by providing habitat for birds and other native pollinators. From an aesthetic viewpoint, a native garden has a strong sense of place and connects you to the natural landscape..... Read about Gardening with California Natives.
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Where to find us in September
Paradise Farmers' Market
Chico Farmers' Market
Downtown Oroville Farmer's Market
Participant in the Water-Wise & Habitat-Friendly Garden Tour
Pruning of the Orchard
Propagation and Division of Plants
Gardening with Deer
Get the Fall Workshop Schedule (pdf)
Help Us Grow
Master Gardeners is a self-funded volunteer organization. If you'd like to help fund our educational programs, please fill out and mail in our Master Gardeners Donation Form. We also accept donations of goods and services.
Call the Hotline
Or, drop by the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
Catch us in person
Look for us at local Farmers Markets or at one of our informational booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.
Gardening Tips and Guides
What's Hot Now?
Visit our Drought and Water-Wise Gardening section for up-to-date information on how to save water in your home and yard.