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UC Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County

MG 40th Anniversary mark

In-person activities are canceled until further notice due to the COVID-19 public health response.

We're still here to help with your gardening questions!

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Who We Are

As featured in the Santa Barbara Independent's "(Stay at) Home & Garden Special Issue": https://www.independent.com/2020/05/13/advice-to-grow-by/

For 40 years, UC Master Gardeners have provided "Advice to Grow By" to home gardeners.

We are highly-trained volunteers who provide research-based information, workshops, and educational programs for home gardeners.

Since 1990, UC Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County have offered gardening resources to residents throughout the county. We share information on water-wise gardening, pest identification, and horticultural guidelines for a wide variety of edible and ornamental plants that grow in Santa Barbara County. We emphasize Integrated Pest Management (IPM).


Watch Us Work

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



Did You Know?

Asian Citrus Psyllids have been found in Santa Barbara County.
They spread the destructive HLB bacterium.

When sharing backyard citrus fruit, remember to remove stems, leaves, and debris before giving it away.

Also, don't accept citrus grafting material 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.

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