Information on becoming a Master Gardener

Are you a Santa Clara County resident who wants to learn more about eco-friendly, sustainable gardening practices and would enjoy sharing that knowledge with the home-gardening public?

Santa Clara County Master Gardeners accept new volunteers every two years. The next selection process begins in summer 2014 with required informational meetings followed by applications and interviews planned for early fall. Watch this page for more details in 2014.

After acceptance into the Master Gardener program, you’ll be enrolled in a series of weekly initial training classes held January-May 2015 (typically on Thursdays from 9:30am-2:30pm). The fee for these classes is $175 (subject to change). UC ANR programs are open to all participants, regardless of their ability to pay. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Details will be available at the informational meetings.

As agents of the University of California, all volunteers must be fingerprinted and must pass a statewide Dept. of Justice criminal background check prior to being accepted into the program. For those who have lived in California for less than two years, an FBI background check is required.

Following completion of Initial Training, Master Gardener volunteers must complete 50 hours of Volunteer Service during their first year in the program. In subsequent years, 25 hours of Volunteer Service and 12 hours of Continuing Education are required.