How To Become A Master Gardener
How does someone become a UC Master Gardener of Orange County?
Master Gardeners of Orange County will conduct a new training class starting at the end of 2020, through Spring 2021. We will start the process of finding our next group of Master Gardeners in late Summer 2020 with our Information Days, where we invite prospective participants to learn more about the Master Gardener program, meet current Master Gardeners and ask questions.
We plan to schedule two Information Days, one in late August and one in early September. Sign up below to be sure you’re on our contact list. We’ll let you know when our Information Days are scheduled.
Classes are held at South Coast Research and Extension Center at 7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA, 92618.
Who are Master Gardener candidates?
Master Gardener candidates are all ages and come from all walks of life.
We are looking for people who
- live in Orange County
- have a basic knowledge of gardening
- have a desire to volunteer in their community to share what they learn about gardening
- have an interest in increasing their horticultural knowledge and skills
What do Master Gardeners do?
Master Gardeners are trained to help residents of Orange County become better gardeners. Using a variety of activities such as workshops, lectures, and a garden hotline, these volunteers answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and integrated pest management using University of California research-based information.
After their training Master Gardeners are qualified to help the public with problems in areas such as:
- Weed control
- Plant problem diagnosis
- Integrated Pest Management (insect and pest control)
- Soils, fertilizers and irrigation
- Selecting and caring for fruit and landscape trees
- Growing annuals, perennials and food crops
- Vegetable gardening
- Plant pathology
- Soils and composting
- Water quality and conservation
Master Gardeners work in their community by volunteering for activities and projects such as:
- Designing, planting and maintaining demonstration gardens
- Using mass media to disseminate gardening information
- Teaching workshops, or lecturing on gardening practices
- Participating in research activities with academics within UC
- Answering gardeners’ questions via email or helplines
- Speaking to the public on horticultural/gardening topics
- Staffing information booths at various venues
- Consulting with gardeners with the goal of improving their landscape practices
- Educating and guiding parents and teachers in gardening practices in support of school gardens
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