Master Gardener Application Process
This page provides information about the Master Gardener application and training process. We welcome applicants from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
To learn more about our program and our passion for sharing eco-friendly, sustainable gardening practices with the home gardening public, please visit Becoming a UC Master Gardener. We also welcome you to attend some of our talks and events or visit our demonstration gardens.
You must be a resident of Santa Clara County and at least 18 years of age.
The application process has 3 steps:
- Mandatory informational meeting: You must attend one of the mandatory informational meetings. These meetings provide detailed information on the application process, Master Gardener training, and requirements of the program. Details of the meetings will be posted here when available.
- Application: Following your attendance at one of the informational meetings, a link to the application will be emailed to you.
- Interview: We will review applications, interview candidates, and select people for the new class.
Please note: specific dates for the next application process have not been finalized; however, the process is expected to start in Fall 2024. Once details are available, this page will be updated. Submit your contact information to be notified when there is more information.
If accepted into the UC Master Gardener Program, you will be enrolled in a January-May, 2025 training class. The program includes weekly online classes in the evening and several in-person workshops on Saturdays. Trainees are expected to attend all classes.
There is a tuition fee of approximately $300 due on acceptance which covers training and resource materials. Need-based scholarships are available—applicants will not be turned away for lack of funds. For working with the public, UC requires that trainees be fingerprinted and pass a background check. (There are many places in the community to have this done, including some UPS stores, some community centers, and some churches. See the full list.)
Following the completion of training, UC Master Gardener volunteers must complete 50 hours of volunteer service during the first year in the program. In subsequent years, 25 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education are required.
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Training for the next class is planned to start in early 2025, with the application process starting in Fall 2024. Submit your contact information to be notified when there is more information.