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

Master Gardener Training

2018 training applications are in, interviews are finished, training candidates have been notified and classes are scheduled.

Training classes for 2018 will be held:

Wednesdays, January 10, through May 9, 2018.
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4145 Branch Center Road (find the office)
Sacramento, CA 95827

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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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