Becoming a Master Gardener
Master Gardener Application
Thank you for interest in the Master Gardener program!
When is the next training class?
The next training class will be held in the spring of 2015. Classes are generally held every two years.
Where do the classes take place?
For the spring 2013 training, classes are held in Bishop and live broadcast to participants in Coleville, Mammoth Lakes, and Lone Pine.
Who can apply?
The program is open to residents of Inyo & Mono Counties. Prior horticulture training and/or experience is helpful but not required. We seek people with a strong volunteer ethic and desire to make a long-term commitment to the program. A past history of volunteering in the community is one of the main qualifications we look for in applicants; past volunteer activities do not need to be horticulture-related. Applicants must have a desire to serve their community through our many volunteer programs throughout the Eastern Sierra.
What does the training program include?
Each UCCE Master Gardener receives over 50 hours of training from University of California horticulturists and other professionals in the nursery landscape industry. Class topics include botany, composting, soil and water management, entomology, plant pathology, pest management, fruit and ornamental tree culture, home vegetable gardening, and many other facets of landscape and garden maintenance.
Is there a cost to take the training class?
The cost for course materials is $180. A limited number of scholarships are available. If you would like to be considered for scholarship assistance, please contact the Master Gardener office.
What are the responsibilities of Master Gardener volunteers?
While in training, each student learns about various volunteer activities that our Master Gardeners support. Students work with Master Gardeners who will assist in their education and help them learn to teach others. After completing their training, each UCCE Master Gardener is required to achieve a total of 50 volunteer hours in the first year and 25 hours each year thereafter.
How can I apply? When will I find out if I have been selected to participate in the program?
Applications will be available a few months prior to the next training program, which will be held in the spring of 2015. Candidates will be notified of their status a few weeks before the class starts.
If you have additional questions, please contact us.