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Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners

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 phone, email hotlines and at events
  • offering workshops and classes
  • publishing articles in newsletters, local newspapers and social media.

Lake Tahoe Master Gardener Class of 2012
Lake Tahoe Master Gardener Class of 2012
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.

UCCE Job Openings

Position Announcement

Lake Tahoe Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Become a Lake Tahoe Master Gardener

Applications are being accepted right now.

See the Lake Tahoe Master Gardener Training webpage for details.

Junk Your Juniper!

For a limited time ONLY!

Remove highly flammable juniper shrubs to help make your Tahoe landscape more fire safe!

Receive one voucher per person for a FREE replacement plant! See Junk Your Juniper! flyer for details.

Contact Us

Physical and mailing address:

UCCE Lake Tahoe Master Gardener Program
870 Emerald Bay Suite 108
South Lake Tahoe, Ca 96150


Lake Tahoe MG Class Calendar

Event Name
  • Cataloging Insect and Bat Diversity in Belize

    Added April 17, 2014
    Fran Keller chasing dragonflies. (Photo by Alex Wild)

    A unique effort to raise funds to collect insects in the biodiversity hotspot of Belize—which would result in specimens for the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, among other goals-- is galloping into the home...

  • Targeting the Varroa Mite

    Added April 16, 2014
    Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (second from left) talks to a UC Davis class in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Third from left is forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey, one of the two class instructors.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Beekeepers know the varroa mite as "Public Enemy No. 1." And it's an enemy to be reckoned with, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen told students in the UC Davis "Biology of Parasitism" class, taught by forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey and...

  • Observing Bay Area World Malaria Day

    Added April 15, 2014
    A malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, feeding on human blood. (Photo by Anthony Cornel)

    The statistics are alarming.  "Every 45 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria, a disease spread by a single mosquito bite. There are more than 200 million cases of malaria each year, and nearly 1 million of those infected die from the disease...

  • Golden Boy

    Added April 14, 2014
    Male Valley carpenter bee draws attention at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    A "golden boy" drew a lot of attention at the Bohart Museum of Entomology last Saturday, April 12 during the campuswide UC Davis Picnic Day. "Golden boy?" A male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) to be exact. This carpenter bee is usually...

  • Just Me and My Maggot

    Added April 11, 2014
    A maggot dipped in water-based, non-toxic paint crawls on paper. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    If you've never been to Briggs Hall during the annual campuswide Picnic Day at the University of California, Davis, you're missing a special kind of art. Maggot Art. Yes, you read that right. Maggot Art. It's a traditional and popular part of the...

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