How To Become A Master Gardener
How does someone become an Orange County Master Gardener?
If you are interested in becoming a UCCE Master Gardener, we invite you to attend one of our Information Day Sessions as follows:
- Thursday, August 23, 2018. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m
- .Saturday, September 8, 2018. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
We require attendance at one of these sessions to receive an application for entry into the Master Gardener Program. The Information Day sessions will be held at our South Coast Research and Extension Center located at 7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine. Please be prompt. If you are accepted into the program, you will be attending classes on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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
- 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
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.