What We Do
The UC Master Gardeners of San Luis Obispo County offer a variety of programs to teach sustainable landscape practices to the gardening public. These include:
Program Impacts 2018 Annual Report
The first annual report details the remarkable work and positive impacts made by UC Master Gardener volunteers over the past year.
Statewide, MG volunteers:
Encouraged people to get outside and connect with nature. 71% of attendees at UC Master Gardener events reported spending more time gardening or outdoors.
Taught food gardening best practices in communities throughout California. Last year, 68% of our clientele reported improved practices in growing edible plants.
Contributed to the establishment of pollinator gardens and habitat across the state. 70% of surveyed participants at educational events reported using more plants to attract and support pollinators.
The UC Master Gardener Program annual report is focused on our collective accomplishments and all of the ways we connect with our mission throughout the year, the real story is centered on each and every one of our 6,154 volunteers. Our volunteers are the core of the UC Master Gardener Program.
2018 Annual Report link:
Locally, the UC Master Gardeners have helped San Luis Obispo County residents use less water, less pesticides and choose the right plants for their gardens.
Workshop attendees have improved their home drip irrigation systems, learned how to use their irrigation timers and have decreased the amount turf area in their yards.
Workshop attendees have improved their pest monitoring activities and have reduced the amount of pesticides they use in the garden.
Right Plant, Right Place:
Workshop attendees have improved their plant selection practices. Selecting the right plant for the right place reduces the amount of inputs needed, such as your time and money, for plants to thrive.