UC Master Gardener Program
Ongoing Events--Come find us!
All in-person Master Gardener activities are canceled until further notice due to the COVID-19 response.
Please direct all gardening questions to our Helpline page:
Get Advice to Grow By at the following locations:
- Sundays from 1PM-3PM at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden--look for our Water-Wise Discovery Station!
- 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 9AM-11AM at the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, where we have our Butterfly Garden!
- Wednesdays from 9AM-12PM at La Huerta Historic Garden at the Santa Barbara Mission! Park in the lot at Laguna & Los Olivos and walk through the picnic area.
- Saturdays from 9AM-12PM at Mesa Harmony Garden--at Meigs Rd. & Dolores Dr. in Santa Barbara!
- 4th Saturdays from 8:30AM-12:30PM at the downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market!
Watch Us Work
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 (https://ccpp.ucr.edu/).
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.