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

Master Gardener Training

A Master Gardener training program is not currently scheduled for 2022.
Routinely check this page for updates.

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!

Find more about our program and training below on this page.

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Trainees practice plant diagnostics 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--it will be provided here during the application period
    • attend Meet the Master Gardener Night orientation
    • attend a 20-minute interview

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?

Yes, the fee will be posted at the time applications are posted.

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.



Due to COVID-19 our office is temporarily closed.
We are not currently accepting phone calls or visitors.

Emails can be sent to mgsacramento@ucanr.edu

Master Gardeners

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

Webmaster Email: janfetler@gmail.com