About UCCE Master Gardeners
To extend research based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California
The University of California Cooperative Extension in Fresno County has an active group of nearly 200 Master Gardener Volunteers who support local educational programs in home horticulture by staffing a phone-in helpline, providing public educational classes and presentations, coordinating a Plant a Row for the Hungry program, maintaining a one-acre food production and ornamental demonstration garden, conducting plant clinics, and providing other educational opportunities
Interested adult volunteers go through a 16-week training and certification course. In addition to class room instruction, they must devote 50 volunteer hours back to the program as First Year Master Gardeners, much of which consists of hands-on learning.
Training topics include plant botany, plant diseases, insects, weed science, home vegetable gardening, fruit trees and grapes, landscape trees, turf and diagnosing plant problems.
In exchange for training and materials received, Master Gardeners perform a variety of volunteer services as community educators and keep up to date on the latest UC science through attendance at monthly Inservice meetings.
After the initial 12-month training period, they must meet the annual requirement of 25 volunteer hours and 12 continuing education hours to remain a certified active Master Gardener.
Hands On Training