Santa Barbara County
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Santa Barbara County

Master Gardener Program


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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Master Gardeners Make a Difference!

In 2015-2016, Santa Barbara Master Gardeners contributed 4,093 volunteer hours and earned 1,020 continuing education hours as part of their annual service to the community.  More than 4,000 Santa Barbara County residents were helped by Master Gardeners who presented free home horticulture workshops at public venues throughout the county, partnered with the Santa Barbara Food Bank on the “Grow Your Own Way” project, hosted information tables at Santa Barbara Farmer's Market and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, answered telephone and email inquiries to the Master Gardener Helpline, and interacted with visitors to the historic La Huerta Garden at Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Butterfly Garden at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

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