Who We Are
Our volunteers complete a 16-week, 60+ hour training program in home horticulture and remain certified on a yearly basis.
UC Master Gardeners are a primary resource for the dissemination of gardening information from the University of California to the Santa Clara County community. Learn more on the California Master Gardener website.
What We Do
We're actively involved in the community, providing services including:
- Help Lines, accessible by telephone, email or drop-in.
- A monthly email providing timely gardening best practices and a list of upcoming classes and events where we'll be presenting. Interested in receiving it via email? Sign up online!
- A public blog including how the Master Gardeners are in the news, including monthly tips published in the Mercury News.
- Speakers bureau to extend our involvement in the community with talks at community centers and libraries.
- Adult Education classes that teach sustainable gardening techniques for home landscapes and orchards. These, include in-depth classes on vegetable gardening.
- School garden support: we offer advice to support school gardens and classes. This includes gardening basics, training for adult volunteers, and children's classes.
- The monthly radio Old Time Farm and Garden Show features UC Master Gardeners and guests discussing urban farming and gardening in Santa Clara Valley.
- Our annual Spring Garden Market and Fall Garden Markets offer seedlings for sale. They also feature talks, horticultural information and one-on-one interaction with UC Master Gardeners.
We hope you find our services useful and we look forward to helping you with your gardening challenges! You can Make A Gift to our program. Please select the UCCE Santa Clara County Master Gardener Fund in the dropdown box. All gifts are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.
The UC Santa Clara Master Gardener program was started in 1982, just a year after the first programs were established in California. Visit the UC History page for more information.
Becoming a UC Master Gardener
If you're interested in learning how to become a UC Master Gardener, visit the Becoming a UC Master Gardener page.