UC Master Gardener of Monterey
and Santa Cruz Counties
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Welcome to our newsletter, featuring our practical, hands-on classes designed for local home gardeners. Some class locations have limited seating, so please sign up early. We look forward to meeting you and answering your questions!

Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener?

Integrated Pest Management | August 18 | Felton
Fall Veggie Basics | August 24 | Watsonville
Gardening with Beautiful Native Plants | September 8 | Felton

Fall Fest & Plant Sale | October 19 | Watsonville
Click here for a complete list of our classes and events

Contact us through our Hotline.

Join Us in the Garden

Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener?

Do you love gardening and are willing to share knowledge with your neighbors? Consider becoming a UC Master Gardener volunteer! We are an all-volunteer organization with a mission to share research-based knowledge with local home gardeners in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.
In addition to our low-cost, hands-on classes, UC Master Gardener volunteers answer questions from home gardeners through information booths and our Hotline. We also host annual events like our recent garden tour, Smart Gardening Fair and upcoming Fall Fest & Plant Sale.

Find out more information and bring your questions to one of our information sessions.
UC Master Gardener Training Information Sessions
August 17, Saturday | 10:00 to 11:30 | Watsonville
September 5, Thursday | 10:00 to 11:00 | Salinas 

Our next training session begins in January 2020. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. 

Read more about the application process and sign up for one of our information sessions here.  

Upcoming Classes


Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

10:00 am - noon

Quail Hollow County Park | Felton
800 Quail Hollow Ranch Road
Felton, CA 95018

Do you want to control the pests and weeds in your garden without harmful chemicals? Learn how Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies can be used to control insects, weeds, vertebrate pests, and plant diseases while keeping health and environmental risks as low as possible. We will cover the basic steps of IPM which help you identify the pest and its impact, learn various control options available, and find the least toxic approach that will work. 

This low-cost class will include a Powerpoint presentation and live specimens for examination.

Save Your Seat for Integrated Pest Management


Fall Veggie Basics

10:00 am - noon

UCCE Auditorium | Watsonville
1430 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076

Designed for people new to home gardening who want to jump in after seeing summer's bounty, we will cover basic soil preparation techniques and will build a small "lasagna" garden bed made of layered materials which is a great way to get your soil started in the fall. You'll walk away with a list of what you can grow starting in August and September and whether you should start them from seed or by transplant. We'll discuss issues particular to fall gardening such as care for plants in cool temperatures or sudden Indian summer as well as typical pests you'll deal with in our unpredictable fall weather. We'll finish up with a bit about cover cropping which will help you prepare a larger part of your yard for a spring garden.

This low-cost class is designed for people with little to no experience growing vegetables or are new to the area who want to get started now.

Save Your Seat for Fall Veggie Basics


Gardening with Beautiful Native Plants

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Quail Hollow County Park - Felton
800 Quaill Hollow Road, Felton, CA 95018

Did you know Santa Cruz County is home to over 1,000 native plant species? This diversity creates countless options in landscape design and offers ways to work in harmony with nature. Native plants provide the beauty and foundation for healthy ecosystems. Once established, native plants local to your site are uniquely adapted to thrive in your soils and on natural rainfall.

Whether you are gardening in containers, have a small yard or a larger plot, native plants can add resiliency to your landscape, help you protect natural resources, and preserve our state’s biodiversity.

Participants will receive practical handouts, plant lists, tips, and strategies to maximize results.

Save Your Seat for Gardening with Native Plants

Upcoming Events

Photo by Sydney Davidson on Unsplash


Save the Date:
Fall Fest & Plant Sale

10 am - 3 pm

UC Master Gardener Demo Garden - Watsonville
1430 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076

Bring the whole family to our free community event celebrates all things gardening in the fall! 

Activities will include mini-classes, demonstrations and our annual fall plant sale!

Click here for more details.

Photo by Sydney Davidson on Unsplash

Have gardening questions? Ask a Master Gardener!

Do you have questions about your garden? Need help identifying plants or pests? We are here to help! Submit your questions to our Hotline here!
Copyright 2019 UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

Our all-volunteer organization offers low-cost gardening and landscaping advice to home gardeners in our beautiful Central Coast region. For more information on classes, resources and advice, please visit our website.
Copyright © 2019 UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, All rights reserved.

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