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Adult Education Classes (AEC)

2020 January to April Gardening Classes

 Online registration only at this time. 

Click here to register for the classes below. 

There is a link on each class to register or sign up for all of the classes below. If you decide later to enroll or register just start with the links in the class boxes below. 

If you have a question about the content of a class, call the Master Gardener Helpline at (559) 241-7534, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.or e-mail mgfresno@ucdavis.edu

All classes are at Garden of the Sun unless otherwise noted. 

Thank you and see you at class

Handout for classes, click here

Calendar of Events, click here

questions? contact the Master Gardener Helpline



Starting Summer Veggies (Spanish)

cool veggies

Summer Veggies /Spanish 
Some vegetables, like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers require a long growing season. To ensure healthy growth, most gardeners start seeds for these vegetables indoors in Spring. Starting your own seeds is not only less expensive than purchasing transplants, it also generally results in a more productive harvest season. Plus, it's a fun, rewarding way to kick on the gardening season! Comenzando las verduras de verano. Algunas verduras, como los tomates, las berenjenas y los pimientos requieren una larga temporada de crecimiento. Para garantizar un crecimiento saludable, la mayoría de los jardineros comienzan las semillas de estos vegetales en el interior en primavera. Comenzar sus propias semillas no solo es menos costoso que comprar trasplantes, sino que generalmente resulta en una temporada de cosecha más productiva.¡Además, es una forma divertida y gratificante de comenzar la temporada de jardinería! Master Gardener Juan 

Saturday, JANUARY 25   9:30 – 11:00 am  FREE

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(Class will be held at Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93703)


Master Gardener Ann will show you how to turn your garden clippings and kitchen scraps into valuable compost. You will learn the benefits of starting your own compost pile, what you can and shouldn’t add to your pile, how to fit composting into your lifestyle, and the ways you can use the finished product around your yard to enrich and improve your soil.

Composting / Saturday, February 1       9:30 –11 am       FREE At Garden of the Sun

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Under the Spell of Succulents

Roz class

Under the Spell of Succulents-Roz Tampone

Succulents are one of the most popular and easiest plants to grow.  Did you know there are both summer and winter growers?  MG Roz will teach you the successful tips for growing succulents in your garden.  Also, she will teach you about fun crafts that can be made with succulents.

Saturday, February 8       9:30 –11 am  FREE
 (Class will be held at Fig Garden Library, 3071 W Bullard Ave,

Fresno, CA  93711)

Handouts on resource page / 

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All About Citrus


Learn how to keep your citrus trees in tip top shape, as well as producing abundant fruit.  Learn from Master Gardener Ron how to prepare the soil, plant and care for your trees.  Find out how to participate in the Plant a Row for the Hungry (P.A.R.) program.  Bring your citrus to the Garden of the Sun between 8:30-11:30 AM to share with people in need.

Saturday, February 15             9:30 –11 am       FREE

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Summer Veggies (Spanish)


In this vegetable gardening class, you will learn from Master Gardener John D. how to select a site, prepare soil and plant vegetables properly as well as gain skills to successfully produce food and identify common insect and disease problems.  MG John will describe what factors to consider in selecting the best site for a vegetable garden, prepare the soil, and plant properly, for a successful vegetable garden and utilize season extenders, crop rotation, watering, fertilization and other techniques for successful food production.

En esta clase de horticultura, aprenderá cómo seleccionar un sitio, preparar el suelo y plantar vegetales adecuadamente, así como adquirir habilidades para producir alimentos e identificar problemas comunes de insectos y enfermedades.  MG Juan describa qué factores considerar al seleccionar el mejor sitio para un huerto, prepare el suelo y plante adecuadamente para un huerto exitoso, utilice extensores de temporada, rotación de cultivos, riego, fertilización y otras técnicas para la producción exitosa de alimentos.

Saturday, February 22 9:30-11:00 am FREE

Class will be held at Sanger Library, 1812 7th Street Sanger, CA 93647

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IPM-Container Veggies

veggies that grow in the fall cool weather
Are you reluctant to try vegetable gardening because your space is limited? Growing your own food can be done anywhere, even when all you have is a small patio. Learn from Master Gardener Maggie about the benefits and how-tos for gardening in containers. See clever ideas about how to go vertical with your vegetables. You’ll be given information on integrated pest management practices in order to employ the latest techniques for battling unwanted critters in your home garden. 

Saturday, February 29 9:30 –11 am to be held at Garden of the Sun

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Home and Garden Show

March 6-8 Fresno Fairgrounds

Visit our educational and fun Master Gardener booth where MGs will be on hand to answer home gardening questions and will present gardening seminars throughout the show.  Check the UCCE Fresno County Master Gardener website in February for a list of scheduled seminars. Show promoters charge an entry fee to attend this event. 

Summer Veggies


Come and learn the basics of summer vegetable gardening from plant and seed selection to harvesting tips and everything in between.  This popular class by MGs Marie and Gwen teaches the “Seven Rules of Gardening” as well as how to select plants to ensure a bumper crop in your backyard.  At the same time, you will learn how to help the community by participating in the “Plant a Row for the Hungry (P.A.R.) program. 

Saturday, March 14          9:30 –11 am        FREE

Location Garden of the Sun

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Mosquito Abatement


Mosquito Abatement Chenoa DeFrece

The Fresno Mosquito & Vector Control District will host an informational seminar on our local mosquito population. Come learn more about the new invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti, medically important diseases, and ways to we all can reduce mosquito breeding.  This event will be presented by Chenoa De Freece Ph.D., the biologist at the district.

Saturday, March 21 9:30 –11 am FREE
(Class will be held at Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA  93703)

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Growing Tomatoes Successfully



MG Tomato Gurus

What Varieties? What color besides Red? What size besides Big? When to plant? How much water and nutrients? What about Pests and Diseases? Can I get more than one crop? How does Companion Planting work? What about harvesting and uses of the fruit? You have questions? We have answers!

Saturday, March 28  9:30-11-30 am FREE Location Garden of the Sun

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Annual Spring Garden Tour

Garden of Sun

Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:00 AM-5:00 PM Rain or Shine

The tour features a diverse selection that will give you many ideas for your own garden.  There are 5 beautiful gardens on the tour this year. Our annual plant sale will be held at the Garden of the Sun, the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden - you won’t want to miss it!  Tickets will be available online, by mail, at local nurseries and garden specialty stores, as well as the Garden of the Sun.
For ticket information, call Rita, (559) 970-3384

Japanese Maples


A Japanese maple will make a wonderful addition to your home landscape.  Learnfrom Master Gardener Rodney how to select the appropriate Japanese maples for your needs and how to care for these beautiful trees.Saturday, April 25 9:30 –11 am at Garden of the Sun

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Upcoming Classes
Event Name Date
Composting 2/1/2020
Under the Spell of Succulents 2/8/2020
All About Citrus 2/15/2020
Summer Veggies (Spanish) 2/22/2020
Other locations of classes

Some classes will be held at Betty Rodriguez library, 3040 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA  93703 (559)-600-9245)

Some classes will be held at the Fig Garden Regional Library, 3071 West Bullard, Fresno 

Class Location

Garden of Sun

Classes are held at Garden of the Sun. This is the Fresno Master Gardner's demonstration garden located at 1750 N Winery Ave near the Discovery Center. For more information about the garden click here.

If you are attending an AEC class at Garden of the Sun it is possible that the garden will close after the class 11:00 am.