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MG Handbook

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.

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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.

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Master Gardener Program

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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.

Our Mission:

To develop, adapt and extend research-based horticultural information and educational programs to the residents of Santa Clara County.

Our Goals:

  • 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.
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