Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


Become a Master Gardener

The 2018 Master Gardener Classes will be on Thursday, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, January 18 through April of 2018 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. There will be two (2) Saturday sessions, the 2018 Seed and Scion Exchange in Boonville and possibly one other TBA. Classes are taught by University of California Cooperative Extension faculty and other experts.

2018 Application (PDF)

2018 Application (Word)

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Applications may be completed and submitted electronically to:
You may also print the application, fill it out and mail the signed application to the UC Cooperative Extension. 

Mail to:  UCCE Mendocino, 890 N. Bush St, Ukiah, CA. 95482

For more information, please contact: 
Wendy A. Roberts, Master Gardener Coordinator
707 937-4702


Since 2004, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has partnered with University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to offer the University’s Master Gardener Program on the Mendocino Coast. The purpose of the program is to develop a corps of local volunteers who can advise and support environmentally friendly, successful gardening by other members of their communities.

The program is directed and administered by Mendocino County’s UC Extension staff and is a partnership among the University of California, the County of Mendocino, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and local residents. MCBG provides classroom and library space and staff time for classroom and field instruction. 

This year's classes will be held at the Gardens. The group of 20-25 students for 16-weeks and 50+ hours of instruction in plant science and horticulture covering such topics as soils, fertilizers, irrigation, weeds, integrated pest management, fruit and landscape trees, vegetables and more. During the first year after graduation, students are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer work. In subsequent years, each volunteer completes 12 hours of continuing education and 25 hours of volunteer service to maintain certification as a Master Gardener. 

Through their volunteer activities, Master Gardeners continue their learning and reach out to the general public, enlightening them on the benefits of healthy gardens, reducing fertilizer and pesticide pollutants, conserving water, and composting green waste. Mendocino Coast Master Gardeners achieve these goals in many ways, including the following:

  • Leading docent tours through MCBG
  • Managing the MCBG/MG Library
  • Answering garden questions on the MG Hotline
  • Giving talks and demonstrations in public venues
  • Assisting with the Anderson Valley Seed & Scion Exchange
  • Producing and harvesting food in the MCBG demonstration garden for the Ft. Bragg Food Bank 
  • Advising and assisting in school and community gardens
  • Staffing information tables at the Gardens and farmers' markets
  • Hosting displays at the annual Apple Fair
  • Answering questions at the nursery and while working in the gardens
  • Conducting independent research projects 


Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Schedule Details: The next 16-week Master Gardener Classes will be offered at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens each Thursday from 12:30am to 4:30pm, January 18 through April of 2018. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 3.

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Payment Information: A fee of $200 covers instruction and course materials.


Contact: Wendy A. Roberts, Master Gardener Coordinator

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 707 937-4702