- January 2015 Tips and Events (more good advice from your MGSCC) and sign up for our monthly Tips and Events e-mail .
- Asian Citrus Psyllid Detected in San Jose. This insect pest can carry the disease huanglongbin (HLB) that is devastating for all citrus trees. There is a quarantine area in Santa Clara County - San Jose Area. Residents with backyard citrus trees in the quarantine area are asked not to transport citrus fruit or leaves, potted citrus trees, or curry leaves from the quarantine area.
- UC Recognizes Outstanding Master Gardener Projects with 'Search for Excellence' Awards. The Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County won Second Place in this triennial statewide competition for their South County Teaching and Demonstration Garden.
- SCVWD Landscape Rebate Program extended through June 30, 2015. These are available for converting irrigated turf or functional swimming pools to low-water plantings, or for upgrading irrigation controllers.
- California approves fines for water-wasters. Information about Water Conservation in the Home Landscape. And useful links to conserve water.
- Learn about the best plants to use with the least amount of care and water in our climate. Visit our Plant Dictionary of 113 waterwise plants that grow well in our area. Photos and detailed info.
- The UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars searchable database & plant list (100+ selections) is another fabulous resource for specific waterwise plants that do well in our area.
- Dr. Bob Raabe's excellent list of plants that are and are not susceptible to Oak Root Fungus.
- Cookbooks: Crazy for Citrus and Chile Head Sampler are both available now!
- Read the latest "Ask a Master Gardener" column, originally published in the San Jose Mercury News.
- Save 10% on books ordered online with UC ANR when you use our promotion code PRCLA43. You can browse or search the catalog or go directly to the list of gardening books. A portion of online sales that use our promotion code benefits the Cooperative Extension of Santa Clara County and the Master Gardeners.
Since it was first published in 2002, the California Master Gardener Handbook has been the definitive guide to best practices and advice for gardeners throughout the West. Now the much-anticipated 2nd Edition to the Handbook is here—completely redesigned, with updated tables, graphics, and color photos throughout. The California Master Gardener Handbook Second Edition is an invaluable reference tool for all California gardeners.
Chapters cover soil, fertilizer, and water management, plant propagation, plant physiology; weeds and pests; home vegetable gardening; specific garden crops including grapes, berries temperate fruits and nuts, citrus, and avocados. Also included is information on lawns, woody landscape plants, and landscape design. It's available for sale on-line, use code PRCLA43 for a 10% discount. A portion of online sales that use our promotion code benefits the Cooperative Extension of Santa Clara County and the Master Gardeners.
Becoming a Master Gardener
Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener in Santa Clara County?
The Class of 2015 has been selected. We accept new trainees every two years, so if you want to be considered for the Class of 2017, then please return to this home page in January of 2016 for information about how to begin the application process.
Master Gardener Program
The objectives of the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, a volunteer organization, are to support the educational activities of the University of California Cooperative Extension and to operate for scientific and educational purposes, promoting horticultural education and service to the community and provide continuing horticulture enrichment for members.
To develop, adapt and extend research-based horticultural information and educational programs to the residents of Santa Clara County.
- Have a research-based and educational component for all Master Gardener activities.
- Increase Master Gardener outreach to and participation by our multicultural community.
- Provide horticultural enrichments to all Master Gardener volunteers.
- Focus on high priority projects to optimize Master Gardener efforts.