Garden Highlights

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 Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) has been detected in San Jose. This insect pest can carry the disease huanglongbing that is devastating for all citrus trees.There is a quarantine area in Santa Clara County - San Jose. 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 help protect California's citrus from ACP.

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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To research, adapt and extend U.C. research-based horticultural information and education to the residents of Santa Clara County.


  • All MG activities should have a research-based and educational component.
  • Increase MG outreach to and participation by our multicultural community.
  • Provide horticultural enrichments to all MG volunteers.
  • Focus on high priority projects to optimize MG efforts.
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