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Victory Vegetable Gardening

Victory Vegetable Gardening Classes for True Beginners are coming back to Carpinteria!

Sept. 21 & 28; Oct. 12 & 19

Registration is now open!

Victory Vegetable Flyer 8-14-2019

Victory Vegetable Gardening

Planning a Pollinator Garden

Sunday, May 5, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Faulkner Gallery
Santa Barbara Central Library
40 East Anapamu Street

Learn the important of pollinators in residential gardens, how to identify various types of pollinators, how to build appropriate habitats and how to select the best plants for attracting pollinators. 

Pollinator Gardens 5-05-19

Flowering Plant Identification

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 am
Montecito Community Hall
1469 East Valley Road

Discover how to describe flowering plants commonly found in Santa Barbara County and to classify them by plant families by learning basic plant morphology terminology.

Flowering Plant ID 4.27.19

Create a Butterfly Garden

Saturday, March 30, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Butterfly Garden @ Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, Santa Barbara and Arrellaga Streets

Create a Butterfly Garden

Growing Orchids in Santa Barbara County

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, Earl Warren Showgrounds


Orchid Show Master Gardener Help Table

Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm




Straw Bale Gardening

Saturday, February 23, 2019

10:30 - 11:30 am

Stone Pine Hall, 200 E. H Street, Lompoc

Straw Bale.02.23.19


Worm Composting Made Easy

Sunday, February 3, 2019

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu

vermiculture.2019 rev

Winter Deciduous Pruning Clinic

If you're ready to learn about:

  • Caring for common fruiting trees
  • Principles of how to prune for tree health and productivity
  • Winter pruning vs. summer pruning

then please join us for this free public workshop, presented by California Rare Fruit Growers and UC Master Gardeners. 

DATE: Saturday, January 5, 2019

TIME: Registration 9:45 am; Clinic 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

PLACE: Mesa Harmony Garden, 500 Dolores Drive, Santa Barbara 93109
           (Please see attached flyer for map.)

Mesa Pruning Clinic 1-05-19


Winter Deciduous Pruning & Garden Clinic

Join us for a free hands-on learning opportunity!  

  • Principles of how to prune fruit trees common to Santa Barbara
  • Tips for growing winter vegetables
  • Guided, small group pruning clinic

The clinic will be led by Dr. Jerry Sortomme, Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at Santa Barbara City College, and UCCE Master Gardener volunteers

DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2018

TIME: 9:45 am - 1:00 pm

PLACE: La Huerta Historic Orchard at the Old Mission, 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara

  • Please bring your own clean pruning shears and/or loppers.
  • Event subject to cancellation in the event of substantial rain.


Sign up here. 


Workshop limited to 30 participants.  Those not registered in advance will be able to participate only if space permits.  Please join us!

ANR Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Drawings

Vegetable temps and planting times

Straw Bale Gardening


Saturday, October 20, 2019

10:30 - 11:30 am

Central Library
40 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Join UC Master Gardeners Trudy Adair-Verbais and Janet Rogers for a free workshop about how to grow vegetables and ornamentals in straw bales instead of in the ground.  This ingenious solution is perfect for gardeners dealing with small spaces, compacted or rocky soil, or physical limitations.  Plus straw bale gardening is easy, inexpensive and fun!  You'll receive helpful hand-outs, see demonstration bales, and learn the basics of creating a straw bale garden in your own backyard. 

2019 Training Class Overview Sessions

2019 Invitation to Overview with hyperlink

Victory Vegetable Gardening Classes

Victory Vegetable Flyer with hyperlink

Central Library Class

Fire Wise Landscaping
Sunday, May 20, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Faulkner Gallery
Santa Barbara Central Library
40 East Anapamu
Santa Barbara 93101

Carpinteria Garden Park Classes

Composting & Soils  
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpinteria Garden Park
4855 Fifth Street
Carpinteria 93013

Carpinteria Library Class

Fire Wise Landscaping  
Saturday, May 5, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Carpinteria Library
5141 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria 93013

FireWise Landscaping Hand-out

Carpinteria Garden Park Classes

Basic Gardening Classes
Sunday, Aprl 15, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpinteria Garden Park
4855 Fifth Street 
Carpinteria 93013


  • Germination tests
  • When to plant/frost dates
  • Indoor seed starting
  • Outdoor seed starting

Container Gardening:

  • Appropriate containers & soils
  • Watering & Fertilizing
  • Good plant candidates for container planting 

Growing Orchids in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Master Gardeners announce a free public workshop entitled “Growing Orchids in Santa Barbara” to be presented on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara. 

Instructors: Master Gardener Leonard Grabowski is an orchid enthusiast with a collection of outdoor orchids that he enjoys. Donald Brown is a retired professor from UCSB who has been managing orchids for many years as an expert grower and demonstrator.

Topics: how to select and grow many of the most popular orchids easily. Basic growing tips including environmental factors such as light levels, watering, planting media, and fertilizing, as well as how to deal with common problems will be presented.

Winter Deciduous Pruning Clinic

Free Public Event presented in Partnership with California Rare Fruit Growers.  Learn the principles of how to prune common fruiting trees in small, guided groups on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Mesa Harmony Garden, corner of Meigs Road & Dolores Drive in Santa Barbara.  Street parking available on Dolores.  Please bring your own clean pruning shears and/or loppers. 

Mesa-MG-CRFG Pruning Clinic 1-20-18

MHG Pruning Clinic Hand-out

Houseplant Jungle: A Guide to Indoor Gardening

Learn how to select and care for many popular species of foliage and flowering houseplants on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 10:00 - 11:30 am in the Faulkner Library of the Santa Barbara Central Library, 40 East Anapamu Street.  Topics includes light levels, watering, soils and containers, fertilizing and common problems.  Instructor: Master Gardener Cameron Hannah-Bick.  For more information, please contact the MG Helpline at 805-893-3485 or 

Houseplant Jungle

Community Seed Swap

Seeds! Catalogues! Smart Garden Designs!Visit the Master Gardener table at the 10th annual Community Seed Swap on Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 1:30 - 4:00 pm at Trinity Gardens, 909 North La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara.  Admission free.  Co-hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

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