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

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Master Gardeners at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Master Gardeners 2020 Class ~ ENROLLING NOW!

Next Master Gardener training will begin on Thursday, January 16, 2020 and run on Thursday afternoons through April. The 2020 class will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

 A fee of $250 covers instruction and course materials. Trainees also need to complete Live Scan (fingerprinting) for a fee of $30 at Fort Bragg Police Department or the Sheriff's Office in Ukiah.  If you are interested in completing an application please click the link below. 

2020 Application (PDF)

2020 Application (Word)

Applications may be completed and submitted electronically to: tlboyd@ucanr.edu

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

If you require additional information please contact Tannis Boyd, E-mail: tlboyd@ucanr.edu Phone: 707-463-4495


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. 

Annual 16-week trainings alternate between Ukiah and the coast. In even-numbered years, MCBG hosts a group of 20-25 students for 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 

Learn more about the Master Gardener program and training.

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