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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
Our Mission

Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners strive to meet the horticulture needs of Lake Tahoe Basin gardeners through development and implementation of programs that transfer research-based knowledge and information using volunteers who have received training and certification from the University of California.

If you would like to receive information about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer place your contact information on our Interest List.

Contact Us

Physical and mailing address:

UCCE Master Gardener of Lake Tahoe
1100 Lyons Ave
South Lake Tahoe, Ca 96150

MG Hotline - 530-723-9813


Farmers Market
American Legions  Hall
Beginning June 7th

The UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe will be at the Farmers Market at the American Legion Hall the first & third Tuesdays of each month from 9:00 to noon.

Stop by to see a demonstration or ask questions.

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  • Dixon May Fair 'Buzzing with Excitement'

    Added May 3, 2016
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    Forget about the birds and the bees. Just think about the bees. The 141st annual Dixon May Fair, California's oldest fair, is "Buzzing with Excitement," and that's the theme of the fair, which opens Thursday, May 5 for a four-day run. Fairgoers will...

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    Added May 2, 2016
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    When the monarchs return to southern California and central Mexico to overwinter, the residents rejoice. When the bumble bees emerge from their nests in the spring, we, too, rejoice. They are like the swallows of Capistrano and the monarchs of Pacific...

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    Added April 29, 2016
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    This "B" gets an "A" for good grooming. We recently watched a honey bee land on the edge of a planter. "Hmm," we thought. "Why is she landing there? She should be foraging on the flowers in the pollinator garden." We soon found out. After positioning...

  • Stop and Smell the Roses at UC Davis Rose Weekend

    Added April 28, 2016
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