UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

Sacramento County Master Gardeners

2016 holiday office hours

The UCCE Office will be closed:

  • Friday, December 23 through Friday, December 30 for end of the year holidays

2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar

2017 Gardening Guide and Calendar

Don't miss our beautiful 2017 Calendar. It makes a great gift, especially with a new, lower price--$10 each. 

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December, 2016

Frost protection


Check the forecasts! Cold weather that will damage some plants is coming. Read about how to protect sensitive plants.

December, 2016

Slow Food Sacramento Award!

Slow Food Sacramento Snail of Approval
Congratulations to us!

Slow Food Sacramento's 2016 Snail of Approval Supporter award (PDF in new window/tab) was made to the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Vegetable Demonstration Garden.

November, 2016


~ ~ ~ Horticulture Center Updates ~ ~ ~

In the orchard

Owari Satsuma Mandarin


Spray peach and nectarine for peach leaf curl as soon as leaves have fallen.

Begin winter pruning. Join us for our annual Pruning Workshop, January 14, 2017.

See more December orchard tasks.


In the WEL

Fruit of Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’


December is a lovely time in the water-efficient landscape gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. 

For more favorites, please visit our plant list for Fall and Winter.


The vegetable garden

Record your successes!


This is a good time to jot down how your summer garden did.  Read more.

Our Gardening Guide and Calendar is the perfect place to record your gardening notes.

December, 2016

Grow herbs!


Rosemary is an edible garden winner.  It's tough, drought tolerant, evergreen and need we say tasty!  Whether you choose ornamental or culinary varieties, all are edible and all make a show with their blue flowers in spring into summer.

December, 2016

About composting



Big trees mean lots of fall leaves—sometimes more than our compost piles can handle all at once.

Get ideas on what to do with excess leaves.

December, 2016


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Continuing News ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gardening with limited water


Use less water in your garden, and learn the best ways to care for your plants during drought.

Want to take out your turf grass? See Lawn Removal Methods.

Pest Alerts!


Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) have invaded several areas in Sacramento County.


The first official find of a Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) in Sacramento County occurred on November 10, 2014.

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4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA  95827

(916) 876-5338

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Office is closed on Friday

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