How To Become A Master Gardener
How does someone become an Orange County Master Gardener?
Applications for the Class of 2017 are now closed. Information Days are conducted every other year at which time applications are made available. The next Information Day sessions are tentatively scheduled for late summer/early fall of 2018 for the Class of 2019. The purpose of Information Day is to familiarize potential applicants with the Master Gardener Program, its opportunities and obligations, and to outline the requirements for the Master Gardener classes.
Orange County Master Gardener classes are held at the South Coast Research and Extension Center, 7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA.
In the meantime, we welcome you to attend some of the events listed on our public website to learn more about what we do as Master Gardener volunteers.
Who are Master Gardener candidates?
Master Gardener candidates are all ages and come from all walks of life. They have:
- A basic knowledge of landscape and food gardening
- An interest in increasing their horticultural knowledge and skills
- A desire to volunteer in their community to share what they have learned and teach gardening skills
- A resident of Orange County, California
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
- Manning county fair information booths
- 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
If you have any questions about the Orange County Master Gardener Program that have not been answered here, please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible.