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The Master Gardener Experience

What It's Like To Go Through The UC Master Gardener Program

Cooperative Extension in San Diego County

Every county in the state of California has a Cooperative Extension office that focuses it's research, education and outreach on issues affecting residents in their respective counties. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that don't know about us or get us confused with other agencies. We hope to alleviate some of the confusion and are always working diligently to expand our reach and impact.

UC Master Gardener Program
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Every two years a new wave of volunteers enters the Master Gardener training program. This program is supported and supervised by UC Cooperative Extension. Our hands-on approach, coupled with expert instruction, attracts horticulture enthusiasts, those with a passion for gardening and a desire to give back to their community.  

We often hear the question what do Master Gardeners do and what are the requirements? Well to begin, all of our Master Gardeners are volunteers! Many of them are looking for ways to grow as gardeners, and help San Diego thrive by teaching important practices like water management, pest control, and creating sustainable environments.

Our trainees go through an intensive 100+ hour program which is divided into 18 classes over a six-month period. Each class is taught by a specialist in the field. After our volunteer's graduate, they move on to support UCCE and the Master Gardener Association through outreach and educational activities; such as answering questions through our Master Gardener hotline, staffing 'Ask A Gardener' booths at events and consulting school or community gardening projects as needed.

Once certified it's not unusual for our volunteers to stay a part of the program for many years. If you'd like to learn more about the Master Gardener experience watch the video at the top of this webpage or visit:


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