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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


Farmers Market
American Legions  Hall
Beginning June 1st

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.

  • The Effect of the Drought on Insects

    Added August 28, 2015
    he drought has caused a number of immature praying mantids to die for lack of food.  This is a female female Stagmomantis californica, as identified by Andrew Pfeiffer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    The severe California drought--we're in the fourth year--is affecting us all, but it's also affecting insects, says Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis. She writes...

  • The Spider and the Skipper

    Added August 27, 2015
    A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata)--as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro--waits for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    This is a a story about a spider and a skipper. Technically, a banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) and a fiery skipper butterfly (Hylephila phyleus, family Hesperiida). The garden spider lies in wait, its head down, clinging to its real...

  • 'The Sting' Revisited

    Added August 26, 2015
    The Sting: A bee stings the wrist of Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen. That's the abdominal tissue trailing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Photographers are frustrated, and rightfully so, with all the thievery on the Internet. Like many other photos, "The Sting," is being used illegally for commercial purposes. It's appeared on sites like PhotoBucket where unscrupulous people sell it...

  • An Amazing Ant/Millipede Video

    Added August 25, 2015
    Belgium-born Stéphane De Greef (and a Facebook friend) captured this amazing video,

    Deep in the jungles of Cambodia, near the temples of Angkor, an unlikely drama takes place. Blue ants of the genus Leptogenys, native to southeast Asia, surround their prey, a massive millipede. It's almost like circling the wagons in a scene from...

  • For the Love of Butterflies

    Added August 24, 2015
    Pipeline swallowtail on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    A passion for butterflies coupled with a yearning to protect their habitat is what drives 98-year-old Louise Hallberg, founder of the nine-acre Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol. Standing on her front porch last Wednesday morning, overlooking the...

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