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Fruit & Vegetable Quarantine in Santa Clara County

The Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) has been detected in Santa Clara County. OFF is a threat to both home and commercial growers. Homeowners are asked not to move fruits and vegetables from their property. (Map of quarantine area) The infestations are likely the result of contraband fruit or vegetables brought into California by travelers. Be responsible and don't smuggle fruit or vegetable into the state.

Drought Information

As we enter another year of drought and water restrictions, all homeowners and gardeners are searching for information on what to do. Learn about waterwise plants and gardening techniques, lawn replacement and rebate programs, graywater usage, and more.

Citrus Quarantine

The citrus quarantine area in Santa Clara County has expanded. (Map of quarantine area) The Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) has been detected in San Jose and most recently in Milpitas. This insect pest can carry the disease huanglongbing that is devastating for all citrus trees. 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. Learn how to protect California's citrus from ACP. For more information, see UC ANR pest note on Asian Citrus Psyllid.

Home Composting

The Santa Clara County Home Composting Education Program teaches residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their gardens. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

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Master Gardener Handbook

Save 10% on any UC ANR books ordered online, including the excellent California Master Gardener Handbook, by using our promotion code PRCLA43. A portion of online sales that use our promotion code benefits the Santa Clara County Master Gardener program.

Read more about the California Master Gardener Handbook and other favorite reference books.


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Becoming a Master Gardener

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener in Santa Clara County?

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.

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Master Gardener Program

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Our mission is to extend research based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California and be guided by our core values and strategic initiatives.

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