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2019 Becoming a Master Gardener (Information Meetings)


Becoming a Master Gardener

We are delighted that you are interested in enrolling in training for the Master Gardener
Program.  Every other year, we offer training courses to become Ventura County Master Gardeners. 
The next class starts Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 
Previous horticultural training is not required, but a desire to serve the community is a prerequisite. 

We are looking for candidates with:
o   Desire, passion, enthusiasm for learning, gardening and volunteering
o   Previous volunteer work
o   Special talents 
o   Availability for volunteer hours and class requirements 
o   Diversity: experience, age, gender, ethnicity

To start the process of becoming a Master Gardener you must:
1. Attend one information meeting scheduled for September 10 or September 12, 2019. To register for one of these
mandatory information meetings, complete the survey at the bottom of this page indicating your preferred date.
2. The application link will be provided at the information meeting and must be submitted online by September 15.
3. Candidates in attendance at the information meeting will additionally schedule a personal interview time.

Once you are accepted into the training program, you must attend approximately 80 hours
of class instruction in horticulture.  Instructors include UCCE professionals and other experts
covering subject areas such as basic botany, plant pathology, soils, fertilizers, irrigation,
plant propagation, insects, vegetables, pruning, sustainable landscapes, integrated pest
management, plant diseases and gardening techniques to name a few topics.  To retain
active status after the first year, the Master Gardener must volunteer the required
25 minimum of hours annually and attend supplemental training (continuing education).
The 2019-2020 Master Gardener training classes are scheduled for Wednesdays, 1:00-4:30
pm, starting Wednesday, November 6, 2019 through April 8, 2020. Classes are held at the UCCE Office
in Ventura and at the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) in Santa
Paula.  Participants who complete the training with no more than two absences, participate in a group
hands-on garden learning program, pass a final comprehensive exam with a score of 70% or higher, and who
complete 50 volunteer hours for the first year, will receive certification as a UC Master Gardener.  
University policy requires all volunteers to clear livescan fingerprinting prior to beginning volunteer service;
details about this process will be provided during the information meetings.

On the first day of class, a $250 check or cash should be ready, payable to UC Regents.
This is a fee for course materials, and is non-refundable.  Financial assistance is available to cover
the materials fee, and if you would like more information, contact Nicole Vanole (,805-493-5174)
or Alexa Johnson (, 805-645-1450).
To be considered for the 2020 University of California Master Gardener training class,
please register for one of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, September 10th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. by clicking on this link:


Thursday, September 12th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. by clicking on this link:


Both information meetings will be held in the UCCE office, 669 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003.