Become a Master Gardener
Master Gardener Training Course
After submitting an application and being accepted into the program. Each UC Master Gardener will then receive over 50 hours of training from University of California specialists, advisers and other professionals in the nursery and landscape industries. The training classes span an average of sixteen weeks. Class topics include botany, composting, integrated pest management (IPM), soils, water management, entomology, plant pathology, fruit and ornamental tree culture and sustainable landscape practices.
UC Master Gardener Application
The training times and location vary by county. It is recommended to train in the county where you live. Some counties combine their master gardener training with surrounding counties and then rotate the location of classes. Other counties will have their training classes on a yearly basis, while others will offer classes every other year. Most counties however will have their sixteen weeks of master gardener training courses from January to April/May. Prior to submitting a master gardener application, please check with your county master gardener program in regards to training times and location.