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Master Gardener Program

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January seed swap_1

Master Gardeners doled out free gardening advice and seeds at the 12th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap at the Santa Barbara Central Library.



Asian Citrus Psyllids have been detected on citrus trees Santa Barbara County.
They spread the destructive HLB bacterium.
The CDFA has initiated a Proclamation of Emergency Treatment

Do not accept citrus budwood for grafting from backyard growers.

Instead, please obtain verified HLB-free citrus budwood from
the Citrus Clonal Protection Program at UC Riverside (


Learn from Us!

Events in March

North County

Saturday, 3/21- Grow Getters: Native Bees
Benefits of Attracting Leafcutter Bees and Mason Bees to Your Garden
Carpenter bee

  • When: Saturday, 3/21 from 2:30-3:30PM
  • Where: Shepard Hall, Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria
  • Learn: Why native bees are your gardening friends, and how to attract them! UC Master Gardeners will show you:
    • How to increase fruit and nut tree yields with increased pollination from native bees
    • Native bee life cycles
    • How to make your own native bee house

The Santa Maria Public Library provides library services to 155,338 people in northern Santa Barbara County.

Saturday, 4/18 - Grow Getters: Growing Tasty Tomatoes

The Santa Maria Public Library provides library services to 155,338 people in northern Santa Barbara County.


South County

Saturday, March 7 - Workshop: Growing Tasty Tomatoes

  • When: Saturday, 3/7 from 10:30AM-12PM
  • Where: Mesa Harmony Garden, 500 Dolores Drive, Santa Barbara
  • Bring: Drinking water and sun (or rain) protection
  • Learn: Best practices for growing tomatoes, especially in coastal climates!  UC Master Gardeners will walk you through:
    • Tomato Plant Types and Varieties
    • Growing Site Selection
    • Plant Care
    • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Mesa Harmony Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Its dual remit is to grow fruit for the Food Bank and serve as an educational resource for the community.  Master Gardeners fulfill both by demonstrating UCANR best practices through ongoing garden development, maintenance, and upkeep, and by mentoring task-focused volunteer teams.

Saturday & Sunday, 3/14-15: Garden Help Table
@ 75th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

  • When: Saturday, 3/14 and Sunday, 3/15 from 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara
  • Why: Have your questions answered! UC Master Gardeners will provide general backyard gardening information with an emphasis on the destructive pests, Asian Citrus Psyllids/HLB and oak borers.


Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn from your local UC Master Gardeners! We hope to see you soon.


Master Gardeners Make a Difference!

In 2017-18, Santa Barbara County Master Gardeners contributed 4,618 volunteer hours and earned 822 continuing education hours as part of their annual commitment to the program. 

Nearly 4,000 Santa Barbara County residents were contacted by Master Gardeners who presented free public workshops at the downtown Central Library, hosted regular information tables at Santa Barbara Farmer's Market and for special regional events such as Earth Day and the California Avocado Festival. 

Volunteers also responded to telephone and email inquiries from residential gardeners through the Master Gardener Helpline, and interacted with visitors to our project sites around the county: La Huerta Historic Garden at Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Butterfly Garden at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, Mesa Harmony Garden, and our newest project at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 

The value of our volunteer service to the community during this period was $134,337.62.

Who We Are

UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County are volunteers who are trained to provide science-based information, workshops, and educational programs for home gardeners. Resources offered by Master Gardeners include plant and pest identification, best practices for problem-solving, soil health and compost production, and cultural guidelines for growing a wide variety of edible and ornamental plants suitable to Santa Barbara County.


The Master Gardener Program is sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension, a division of
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.


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