UCCE Mendocino County Master Gardener Program
Master Gardeners are people of all ages and from all walks of life. They include business men and women, professionals, educators, retirees, homemakers, and students -- all with some experience and knowledge of plants and gardening. Master Gardeners must be enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and must be able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
After completing the training and passing a written exam, the new Master Gardener interns are required to complete a minumim of fifty hours of volunteer service. Master Gardeners are selected on the basis of their ability to fulfill this commitment. In order to retain the title Master Gardener in ensuing years, Master Gardeners must complete twelve hours of continuing education per year and perform twenty-five hours of volunteer service per year.
In Mendocino county there are two groups of Master Gardeners due to the very different climates between the coastal region and the inland region. Typically there is a class given each year. Classes are held at two different locations, one is on the coast at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden the other is at the UC Cooperative Extension in Ukiah. The class alternates between coast and inland each year. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener go to this page:
Becoming a Master Gardener.
Master Gardeners can volunteer in many ways:
- Staffing information tables at the local Farmer's Markets
- Staffing information sites at the Botanical Garden
- Developing displays for the County Fair
- Outreach educational programs in schools.
- Presentations to local public groups
- Leading docent tours at the Botanical Garden
- Developing educational programs
- Assisting with nursery questions
- Answering questions on the "Gardening Questions" hot line.