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How To Become A Master Gardener

How to Become a Master Gardener


Typically we offer a UCCE Master Gardener volunteer training class every other year.  The next class is planned for 2023, with the application process starting at the end of summer or in the fall.  If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please sign up with the form below and you will receive the first announcements about the 2023 class.



What do UCCE Master Gardeners do?

University of California Cooperative Extension 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

Who are Master Gardener candidates?

Master Gardener candidates are adults of 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

The UC Master Gardener program is administered by individual county UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Cooperative Extension offices.  If you do not live in Orange County, you can use this link to find the program in your area.

Find Your Local California Master Gardener Program

If you are currently a Master Gardener in another state, have recently moved to California and would like to transfer to the program here, please contact the Program Coordinator directly.  See our Contact Us page for details.

If you have any questions about the UC Master Gardeners of Orange County that have not been answered here, please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. 


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