Butte County Master Gardeners
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Butte County Master Gardeners

Butte County Master Gardeners

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Now Available!

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

Learn more about the program by visiting our Join us page or attend one of our free orientations at Butte County Libraries.

Download the Master Gardener application.

Application must be received by 5pm on September 30.


What's New

What's Growing On

Gardening Help

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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
September 15, 7:30am–12:00pm

Chico Farmers' Market
September 19, 7:30am to 12:30pm

Downtown Oroville Farmer's Market
September 23, 4–8pm

Participant in the Water-Wise & Habitat-Friendly Garden Tour
September 27, 10am–2pm


September Workshops

Pruning of the Orchard
September 3, 10-11:30am

Drip Irrigation
September 8, 10–11:30

September 21, 10–11:30

Propagation and Division of Plants
September 21, 10–11:30

Gardening with Deer
September 21, 10–11:30

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

Wednesday 9-12pm
Thursday 1-4pm

Call 530-538-7201

Or, drop by the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue 
Oroville, CA 95965


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?
: What's causing wavy tunnels and curling in new leaves on my orange tree?  Answer.

Gardening Tips for September

Vegetable Planting Guides
Chico Valley Area (pdf)
Foothills (pdf)


Water-Wise Gardening

Visit our Drought and Water-Wise Gardening section for up-to-date information on how to save water in your home and yard.



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