Central Sierra
University of California
Central Sierra

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 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.

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
  • So Beautful, So Exquisite

    Added July 24, 2014
    Anise swallowtail foraging on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    There's something about seeing a butterfly that makes your eyes light up, your smile widen, and your feet feel like skipping. Nature's joy.   So when I was over at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville last Tuesday, I rejoiced at seeing a...

  • It's National Moth Week!

    Added July 23, 2014
    Wax moth larvae and a hive beetle (top left). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    It's National Moth Week! The event, which runs through Sunday, celebrates "the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths," according to its website. Scientists and citizen scientists are encouraged to document their findings. It's now a worldwide...

  • Spiders and Spiders, Oh, My!

    Added July 22, 2014
    A jumping spider ready to jump. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Odds are that Justin Timberlake won't be there. Neither will J. K. Rowling, author of the wildly popular Harry Potter series of books. They hate spiders. In fact, by all accounts, they have arachnophobia, an intense fear of spiders that affects some...

  • Perfect Camouflage

    Added July 21, 2014
    Camouflaged praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    What a perfect camouflage! Have you ever seen a green praying mantis hiding among the green growth in your garden? Concealed. Disguised. Camouflaged. The praying mantis is a patient insect. It will lurk for hours in its familiar prayer-like position,...

  • Stems

    Added July 18, 2014
    A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, awakens on a lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Just one word--stems. Bees forage on the lavender in our bee yard, but sometimes you'll see them on the stems. Male longhorned bees, Melissodes agilis, sleep together on the stems and it's fascinating to watch them stir in the early morning, wiggle...

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