About the Master Gardener Program
What are Master Gardeners?
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). After completing the UCCE's Master Gardener training program, Master Gardeners provide research-based horticultural information to the public through workshops, brochures, a gardening Help Line, and other means of educational outreach.
Established in 2009, the Inyo & Mono Counties Master Gardener Program provides horticultural information and educational programs to the residents of the Eastern Sierra. Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners are volunteers from the community who have successfully completed the University of California's Master Gardener training program. They conduct public workshops, develop horticultural materials, and provide advice on how to garden in this region of extremes. Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners are active from the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the low desert of Death Valley and everywhere in between.
History of the Master Gardener program
The first Master Gardener training program was held in 1972 by Washington State University Cooperative Extension. Started as a way to train volunteers to help answer the growing number of gardening questions from the public, the program has since spread to 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces.
The California Master Gardener program began in 1980 in Sacramento and Riverside counties. Currently 45 California counties have Master Gardener programs. The Inyo-Mono program began in 2009 and has trained over 100 volunteers. Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners are active from the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the low desert of Death Valley and everywhere in between.
How do I become a Master Gardener?
For information on becoming an Inyo-Mono Master Gardener, please visit our Join Us page.
I have a gardening question. How can I contact a Master Gardener for help?
Contact the Master Gardener Help Line at (760) 872-2098 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may find more information about our Help Line here.