Do you want to become a Master Gardener?

What is the UC Master Gardener Program?

UC Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and certified by the University of California Cooperative Extension in the areas of home gardening and horticulture. They extend horticultural information and offer educational programs and garden-related demonstrations in Colusa County.

Who can become a UC Master Gardener?

UC Master Gardeners are adults of all ages and from all walks of life. They include professionals, educators, retirees, homemakers, and students – all with some experience and knowledge of plants and gardening. Master Gardeners must be enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and communicate with diverse groups of people.

What type of volunteer work does a UC Master Gardener do?

Volunteers staff an information desk where they answer questions, diagnose plant problems, and assist home gardeners with their questions. They also offer workshops, plant clinics, talks/demonstrations, newsletters, a website and a Facebook page.

The program supports sustainable gardening practices that protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and take into consideration each gardener’s lifestyle and goals.

What training is provided to the UC Master Gardeners?

UC Master Gardeners complete intensive training over a three-month period. The instruction provides a practical course in plant science and horticulture covering such topics as weeds, diseases, soils, insects, fertilizers, fruit and landscape trees, pests, vegetables, irrigation, and more.

The 2017 class will start Jan. 11 and end April 26. The class will be held in Yuba City. The application deadline is November 15.

What is the UC Master Gardener’s commitment to the program?

After completing the training and passing a written exam, new UC Master Gardeners are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education within the next 12 months. To retain the title of UC Master Gardener in ensuing years, 25 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education must be completed each year.

How can I obtain information from a UC Master Gardener of Colusa County?

We may be contacted through the UC Cooperative Extension of Colusa County office at 100 Sunrise Blvd., Ste E, Colusa, at 530-458-0570, or our website cecolusa.ucanr.edu.

— Contributed by The Master Gardeners of Colusa County. They can be contacted by phone (530) 458-0570, by email at glhernandez@ucanr.edu, or at the office 100 Sunrise Blvd., Ste. E, Colusa.