The California Garden Web site was designed by the UC Master Gardener Program to serve as a portal to organize and extend the University of California's vast collection of research-based information about gardening and home landscapes to the public.
The Web site focuses on sustainable gardening practices and uses a question and answer format to present solutions. A blog on the Web sites home page, updated weekly, highlights gardening content pertinent to the season. The site also links to useful gardening resources on other UC Web pages.
"When UC sites have thorough content covering a particular topic, we link to that site rather than duplicating it," said Pam Giesel, the academic coordinator for the statewide UC Master Gardener Program. "For example, UC IPM, the Center for Landscape and Urban Horticulture, and our sister site, the California Backyard Orchard, contain an abundance of information about sustainable gardening and are all linked to the new portal."
The California Garden Web also provides California gardeners with free access to updated information from the California Master Gardener Handbook.
Special features include:
- Guidelines for practicing sustainable gardening
- Easy calculators for estimating landscape water needs
- Guidelines for conserving and managing water during a drought
- Links to local Master Gardener Web sites
- Comprehensive grape and berry gardening practices
- Vegetable gardening FAQ
- Gardening basics
- Your climate zone
- Find your local Master Gardener
- Pests, diseases, weeds
- Nut and fruit trees and vines
- Landscape trees, shrubs and vines
- Indoor plants
- Poisonous plants
- Classes and events
Visit the California Garden Web at http://ucanr.edu/sites/gardenweb.
Development of the California Garden Web was funded by the Elvenia J. Slosson Endowment for Ornamental Horticulture.