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

Master Gardener Training

Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable?  What is evapotranspiration?  These answers plus much more are provided by provocative speakers during the 2018 UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County training program beginning in January.

Applicants are required to be Sacramento County residents and contribute fifty hours of community volunteer work within the first year after graduation at activities such as: conducting workshops, diagnosing plant problems, speaking to community groups and dispensing advice over the phone, and in writing.  The focus is education and FUN!  Scroll down for more details about training and our program.

Applications to complete on your computer as well as dates and times for training will be available here soon.

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 applications will be accepted September 5 through October 17, 2017.

Please routinely check this website for updates.

While you wait, consider visiting us at one of our Events.

July, 2017

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Trainees practice identification techniques during a classroom session. 

Field trips, displays and hands-on activities supplement 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 and 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.

When and where are classes held?

Classes are usually held on weekdays, once a week from January through April (subject to change). They 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:

  • introduction to horticulture
  • soil
  • water and fertilizer management
  • ornamentals and drought tolerant plants
  • turf management
  • landscape trees
  • planting and maintenance
  • introduction to insects
  • integrated pest management
  • water quality
  • home vegetable gardening
  • plant disease diagnosis
  • weed identification and management
  • home orchards
  • fruit and nut trees
  • small fruits and grapevines
  • volunteerism
  • diagnosing garden and landscape problems

Is there a fee charged for the training classes?

The fee is about $165.00 (subject to change).

What happens after I graduate and become a Master Gardener?

After attending all class sessions, and all the weekly quizzes and final exam are completed, trainees receive a graduation certificate.

  • New Master Gardeners are required to contribute fifty hours of community volunteer work during the next twelve months.

  • Every year thereafter, twenty-five hours of volunteer activity is required.

  • UCCE approved volunteer opportunities are available for Master Gardeners to extend University research based information to the gardening community in Sacramento County.
    • Volunteer activities include conducting workshops, diagnosing plant problems, and speaking to community groups.

    • We also dispense advice over the phone and with social and mass media.

  • Each year twelve hours of continuing education is also 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

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

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