Yard & Garden

We educate Californians to create sustainable gardens and landscapes — from growing food to building fire-safe landscapes and making every drop of water count.

Gardens and yards provide away to create a sense of place and connect us with the land. Whether landscapes are used to create beauty, food production, or to increase our resiliency in the face of wildfire, UC ANR can help.

UC Master Gardeners

Our gardening advice is science-based, practical, and reliable. And through the UC Master Gardener Program we are reachable; by telephone, email or meet with us in the community at nurseries, farmers markets and other locations. Whether you're looking for information on container gardening or building a raised bed, identifying a pest to attracting pollinators, choosing the best plants for your area to water-wise gardening, to creating a fire-safe environment we've got advice you can trust.

The UC ANR Master Gardener Program educates Californians about the science – and art - of growing and caring for plants. The program has trained thousands of Californians to serve as a volunteers corps.

Integrated pest management

And if you have the inevitable pest problem, UC ANR’s Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) has a vast online repository of “Quick Tips” and “Pest Notes” to help meet the challenges presented by pests, diseases and invasive species in an environmentally friendly fashion.

Read our latest research:

Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

Center for Landscape & Urban Horticulture

California Center for Urban Horticulture


Learn, participate and volunteer:

UC Master Gardener Program

UC Master Food Preserver Program

California Garden Web

California Backyard Orchard

Featured Publications

California Master Gardener Handbook--2nd E...
Our definitive guide to gardening in California has been completely revised and updated. This perennial bestseller is now better than ever with color photos th...
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Common Bees in California Gardens
Nearly 1600 species of native bees can be found in California's rich ecosystems; this colorful pocket field guide will help you identify bees commonly found in ...
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Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous F...
This bestselling guide was developed especially for backyard orchardists, rare fruit growers, and small-scale growers.
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Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs, 3rd E...
The ultimate guide to managing landscape pests is completely revised! Contains over 400 pages, 575 photographs, and the easy-to-use problem solving tables you'v...
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