UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County

Master Gardener Training

Become a Master Gardener!

Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable?  What is evapotranspiration?  These answers, a chance to volunteer in your community, plus much more:

2018 UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County Training
Wednesdays, January 10, through May 9, 2018.
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Master Gardener applicants are required to be Sacramento County residents and contribute 50 hours of community volunteer work within the first year after graduation.  Those activities include: conduct workshops, diagnose plant problems, speak to community groups and dispense advice over the phone, and in writing.  The focus is education for the public and FUN for you! 

Scroll down for more details about the 2018 training and our program.

An application packet to complete on your computer is available.  Please save this file to your computer before completing it. The file contains the application, instructions, and descriptions of the volunteer position and activities.

Application Packet (PDF 226KB)
Deadline: October 17

Applications are also available by mailing a self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) business-size envelope to:

Master Gardener Training
Cooperative Extension
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA 95827-3823

Completed (printed/signed) applications will be accepted September 5 through October 17, 2017 at the address above by mail or in person.

Consider visiting us at one of our Events.  Questions?  Call (916) 876-5338.

September 1, 2017

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Trainees practice identification techniques during a classroom session. 

Field trips, displays and hands-on activities supplement the lectures given by UC Advisors and local experts.


Who are Master Gardener candidates?

Applicants must be residents of Sacramento County and should possess:

  • a history of volunteering, a desire to share what they learn, and teach gardening skills.

  • a basic knowledge of landscape and food gardening.

  • an interest in increasing their horticultural knowledge and skills.

  • the ability to meet application requirements:

    • Submit a completed application no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

    • Attend Meet the Master Gardener Night orientation on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 7:00 till 9:00 PM.

    • Attend a 20 minute interview during the week of October 30, 2017, Monday through Thursday or Saturday.

When and where will 2018 classes be held?

  • Wednesdays, January 10 through May 9 from 9 AM till 2:30 PM.
  • Two Saturday morning field trips (dates to be announced).
  • Only one absence is permitted.

Note: If you have commitments during the training period that would require more than one absence from class, please apply another year.

  • Classes are held at the Master Gardener Office at 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA  95827.  Find our office.

Who teaches the classes and what will I learn?

All classes are taught by University specialists, horticulture advisors, and community experts. Topics include:

  • basics of soil
  • irrigation and fertilization
  • water conservation
  • identification and control methods for insects
  • diseases and weeds
  • proper care of vegetables
  • fruit and landscape trees
  • turfgrass

Is there a fee charged for the training classes?

The fee is $165.00.

What happens after I graduate and become a Master Gardener?

Master Gardeners will:

  • Contribute 50 hours of community volunteer work during the first 12 months.

  • UCCE approved volunteer opportunities for Master Gardeners to extend University research based information to the gardening community in Sacramento County include:

    • Conduct workshops, diagnose plant problems, and speak to community groups.

    • Offer advice over the phone and with social and mass media.

    • Complete 12 hours of continuing education and attend monthly meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 till 9:00 PM.

    • Submit monthly records of volunteer activities and contacts.

    • Every year thereafter, 25 hours of volunteer activity is required.



For additional information, call the UC Cooperative Extension office at 916-876-5338.

UCCE Master Gardener Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Find our office

Master Gardeners

4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827       Master Gardener Phone:  916.876.5338             Fax:  916.875.6233

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