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UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe

Master Gardeners are community members who have been trained under the direction of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Each volunteer has completed more than 50 hours of formal classroom training. Master Gardeners, agents of the University of California, assist the UC Cooperative Extension by providing practical, scientific gardening information to the home gardeners in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners extend research-based information by:

  • answering questions via email hotlines, farmers markets and at community events
  • offering workshops and classes
  • publishing articles in newsletters, local newspapers and social media.

UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe 2014
UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe 2014

Bug Blog
  • Wasp expert Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, shows an Asian giant hornet specimen during the virtual open house May 22.
    Bohart Museum Virtual Open House: Honing in On the Hornets!

    Oh, the questions that Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, fielded at the Bohart's first-ever virtual symposium, held Friday morning, May 22. For nearly an hour (11 to 11:45), Kimsey answered questions about the Asian giant...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • The Asian giant hornet, detected twice in North America last fall: a colony on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (destroyed) and a dead hornet in Blaine, Wash. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Agriculture)
    Ready for the May 22th Bohart Museum Virtual Open House?

    If Lynn Kimsey, who directs the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, had her say, the Asian giant hornets would NOT be nicknamed “the murder hornets.”  Kimsey, professor of entomology with the UC Davis Department of Entomology...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A honey bee dusted with pollen from Gaillardia, also known as
    Bee Inspired: It's World Bee Day!

    Did you observe World Bee Day today? Every year on May 20, the United Nations asks us to think about this day, "to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators" and "the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • This is the female of the new genus, Cryptocteniza. (Image by Jason Bond)
    Name That Spider!

    Name that spider!  UC Davis professor Jason Bond is seeking a species name for a new genus of trapdoor spiders he discovered on a sandy beach at Moss Landing State Park, Monterey County. Bond proposes to name the genus, Cryptocteniza, part of...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A screen shot of the Tree of Life-UC Davis YouTube program with host Joel Ledford (left) of the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology and Jason Bond of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
    A Tiger in Your Garden

    The "Tiger King" has nothing on the Western Tiger Swallowtail. The colorful yellow and black butterfly, Papilio rutulus, reigns supreme. We saw this one last week at the Ruth Storer Garden in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.  "The...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist

Become a Master Gardener

UC Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe are now recruiting for new members!  Apply today!

Training session will run 1st and/or 3rd Friday of the month April 17th - December 4th, 2020.