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What is a Master Gardener?

  • A Master Gardener is a non-paid, volunteer agent of the University of California Cooperative Extension.
  • A Master Gardener is a local resident who is a trained gardener. Master Gardeners are certified by the University of California after completing an extensive horticulture training course and passing a final examination.
  • Master Gardeners help the community. They share their UC based knowledge with the public to promote environmentally responsible horticultural practices. They answer questions, staff help lines, make calls to home gardeners, solve horticultural problems, give advice, hold plant clinics, and, in general, educate the public on home gardening issues.
  • Master Gardeners keep learning. They meet regularly to share information, hear lectures, attend demonstrations, publish newsletters, and continue their gardening education.