Becoming a Master Gardener
HOW TO BECOME A MASTER GARDENER
Select your county from the menu on the left to get more information on applying to their Master Gardener training program.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A MASTER GARDENER?
- Contribute to your community -- every year Master Gardeners contribute several thousand hours of volunteer service educating our communities about sustainable gardening.
- Gain excellent knowledge about the life of the garden.
- Put what you know into practice for the benefit of others and for our environment.
- Enjoy working together with a great group of gardening enthusiasts.
WHAT TRAINING IS PROVIDED TO A MASTER GARDENER?
Master Gardeners are given an intensive 4 month, 60+ hour training program in horticulture. Instruction provides practical courses in
- plant science and horticulture
- soil and water management
- pest identification and management
- plant selection and care
- environmentally-sound garden practices
Classes meet weekly, with outside study and training activities in addition to class time. A final examination reviews course materials and prepares the trainee to begin their first year.
WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
- Experts in their fields
- University of California faculty and staff
- Landscape and nursery professionals
- Knowledgeable local horticulture educators
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE BECOME MASTER GARDENERS?
Any county resident with an interest in public service and horticulture may apply for the Master Gardener program in their county. Master Gardeners are of all ages and from all walks of life. Some are new to the county, others have lived (and gardened) here for many, many years. They include;
- business people
All have some experience and knowledge of plants and gardening. Master Gardeners must be enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
Want to learn more about the next Master Gardener Training?
Enter your contact information on our Master Gardener Training Interest form and we will contact you when the application process begins for the next training in your county.
County Training Schedule
Master Gardener Training classes are taught in different counties each year throughout the Central Sierra region. Trainees may attend the training program in a different county than their home county. Classes for the four counties are tentatively scheduled as follows: