Master Gardeners Make A Difference

October 22, 2021 12:00 pm
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Scott Parker

Master Gardener Program Coordinator and IPM & Environmental Issues Program Representative UCCE San Diego County

Since 1980, the University of California Master Gardener Program has been extending UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public. The UC Master Gardener Program is a public service and outreach program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices.

The UC Master Gardener Program is an example of an effective partnership between the University of California and passionate volunteers. In exchange for training from the University, UC Master Gardeners offer volunteer services and outreach to the general public in more than 1,286 demonstration, community and school gardens across 52 California counties. Last year 6,154 active UC Master Gardener volunteers donated 446,237 hours, and 6.8+ million hours have been donated since the program’s inception.


The program impacts communities by enhancing local, sustainable, healthy food systems for families, neighborhoods and communities. It also supports healthy plants and healthy environments with sustainable landscaping practices, water conservation, green waste reduction and wildlife enhancement. 

During this session you will learn:

  1. What makes the Master Gardener Program so respected
  2. What it takes to become a Master Gardener
  3. How the Healthy Garden Healthy Home program drives sustainability in your communities
  4. How Master Gardeners support and promote sustainable landscaping practices, water conservation, and green waste reduction.

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