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Become a UC Master Gardener in Los Angeles County!


Thank you for your interest in the UC Master Gardener Program in Los Angeles County!

An announcement regarding the 2017 UC Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program application process for Los Angeles County will be emailed to our elist in mid-November 2016.

Please complete your contact information below to ensure you receive the announcement.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program has a very competitive application process; we usually receive approximately 150 applications, and from those, we select about 50 applicants for the program. For those selected, classes begin mid-February and run through May; the 13 8-hour classes are held on Saturdays in Pasadena.

All adult residents (18+ years old) of Los Angeles County may apply. If you live in another California county, click here to locate the program in your area.

The main criteria for acceptance include 1) prior community service utilizing gardening, 2) knowledge of gardening basics, 3) passion for helping other gardeners to garden sustainably, 4) experience giving public presentations, 5) working with people of diverse backgrounds individually and as a team, 6) initiative in starting and completing projects, and 7) basic computer skills and internet access.

Our application period is from mid-November through the first week of January.

Master Gardeners who graduate from our intensive training program are required to volunteer at least 50 hours during the first year. After that, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer at least 25 hours and participate in 12 hours of continuing education per year in order to maintain active Master Gardener status.