We are very proud to welcome back The Master Gardeners and their popular Gardening Seminar series (located in the Garden Pavilion - south end of the fairgrounds, near the Butler Entrance). Attend one of their seminars and have them help you with any plant problems or questions. They specialize in those issues that most concern Valley gardeners, i.e., water conservation, sun-loving plants, etc.


Sunday, March 3

11:00am Garden Tool Maintenance by Master Gardener Dan Schara

Join Dan for a hands-on demonstration of garden tool maintenance, repair and sharpening. You are welcome to bring a couple of your own garden tools and sharpening devices for inclusion in the class discussion.

12:30pm Backyard Composting by Master Gardener Ann Edahl

Learn how to quickly turn your garden clippings and kitchen scraps into valuable compost. You will learn the “why & how” of starting your own compost pile and then using the finished product around your yard to enrich and improve your soil.

2:00pm Summer Bulbs and Annuals by Master Gardener Jackie Bradley

Plan your summer garden now! Learn how to keep your garden bursting with color and visual interest all summer long using summer bulbs and annuals. Included are tips on plant combinations, placement, and care.

3:30pm Topiary Workshop by Master Gardener Joanie Finch

Learn how to choose the right plant to make topiary for table top décor or in your garden landscape. Joanie will discuss the care and requirements for a variety of plant materials for our climate. Then experience the thrill of creating a topiary!

Friday, March 1

12:00pm Growing and Pruning Roses by Master Gardener Sue Kendall & Joan Jones

The art of growing beautiful roses in your garden can be a joy and a pleasure if you know the “best practices” for success. All about roses will be discussed ending with a ‘hands-on’ pruning session.

 1:30pm How to Grow Plants From Seeds & Cuttings by Master Gardeners Karen Basso & Marcia Rosenberg

Why spend money on plants from the store when you can start them yourself at home? Learn how to grow plants from seed, an inexpensive way to get exactly the flowers and vegetables you want. Then find out how to start plants from cuttings taken from plants you’ve seen and admired.

 3:00pm Creating a Water-Wise Landscape by Master Gardener Susan Stiltz

Need ideas for converting water-thirsty lawns to a beautiful, low-water landscape using Fresno-Friendly plants? Then don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a landscape professional.

4:00pm Lavender the Drought Tolerant Useful Herb by Master Gardener Valerie Kissler

What makes lavender so desirable and special? Come and learn all about this amazing herb from choosing, planting, harvesting, and using: having success growing lavender.


Saturday, March 2

 11:00am Unlock the Secrets in the Soil by Master Gardener Tim Sullivan

Healthy gardens begin with healthy soil. Come learn about the USDA program “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil”. The goal of this program is to regenerate our nation’s soils and correct the problems caused by over-tillage and the overuse of chemicals. This program is very exciting because it restores the natural microbiology of the soil with very little input. This class will focus on restoring soil health to your own home garden.

12:30pm Under the Spell of Succulents by Master Gardener Roz Tampone

Succulents are one of the most popular plants in California gardens today. Roz will teach you all you need to know to grow succulents successfully. Learn the names of many common succulents, how to propagate them, and how to display them in your garden.

2:00pm The Art of Aesthetic Pruning by Master Gardener Dawn Truelsen

With its foundation in Japanese garden pruning, bonsai and arboriculture, aesthetic pruning incorporates visual art and design principles to the pruning of small trees and shrubs in the landscape. You will learn how aesthetic pruning can be applied to your home garden.

3:00pm The Joy of Growing Herbs and Vegetables in Pots by Master Gardener Sharon Rossi

Why grow herbs and vegetables in containers? Convenience, poor soil, small space, limited sun or water, soil-borne pests, personal physical challenges – container gardens are the answer! Learn how to grow edibles in pots!

4:00pm Growing Tomatoes Successfully by Master Gardeners Rose Pipkin & the Tomato Gurus

What varieties? What color besides RED? What size besides BIG? When to plant? How much water and nutrients? What about pests and diseases? Can I get more than one crop? What about harvesting and uses of the fruit? You have questions??? We have answers!!


About the Master Gardner Program

Do you love to garden? If you love gardening and like sharing your knowledge with others, the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Fresno & Madera Counties, Master Gardener program is looking for you!  Prospective Master Gardeners complete a 16-week training course, pass a final exam, and complete a 50 hour requirement of hands-on training during the first 18 months. 

The training is offered in odd years.  Instructors are University of California Cooperative Extension advisors, horticultural specialists and community experts. The curriculum provides a practical course in horticulture and plant science. Topics include an introduction to horticulture; soil and plant nutrition; water and fertilizer management; pest identification and control; management of home orchards and landscape trees; home vegetable gardening; plant diseases and diagnosis; composting; weed identification and management; native plants and much more. While in training, students are mentored, through which they are given support and assistance throughout their First Year Master Gardener tenure. A passing grade of at least 70% on the final exam is required.

If you have further questions about the UCCE Master Gardener program, call 559-241-7535.