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Monterey Bay Master Gardeners is a non-profit 501(c)(3) program supporting the work of the UC Master Gardener program.

Welcome, Bienvenidos!

Statement from Our Board of Directors


Master Gardeners Join 2020 Monterey County Gives! Campaign

This past spring, our fellow neighbors discovered something Master Gardeners have known for a long time: gardening can be a wholesome, family-friendly activity, providing exercise, enhancing mental health and stretching food budgets.

Like most organizations, our ability to schedule in-person events and raise funds, such as our Smart Gardening Fair and Garden Tour, is curtailed due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are dedicated to delivering our mission virtually until we can safely interface with the public.

While we are affiliated with the University of California, we do not receive funding from the University. Monterey Bay Master Gardeners is our nonprofit which allows fundraising to support our mission. 

Your Donation is Amplified

This year, we are proud to participate in Monterey County Gives! Monterey County Gives is a collaborative fundraising project between the Monterey County Weekly, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

At the end of the campaign we will receive 100% of our donations along with a pro-rated match. Your donation today will be amplified as part of this campaign.

Your Donation Stays Local

Your pledge to our all-volunteer organization allows us to continue our commitment to the local gardeners in our area. Donations support our projects, such as:

  • Ask a Master Gardener Hotline: where the public can communicate with trained Master Gardeners. Our volunteers answer gardening questions, research questions and provide research-based gardening information to home gardeners. 
  • Rancho Cielo Youth Campus Demonstration Garden in Salinas: Master Gardeners are responsible for the care of the large raised bed garden supporting the Drummond Culinary Academy with fresh produce. This garden is a part of the comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. 
  • Watsonville Demonstration Garden: Our demonstration gardens need constant tending and we are dedicated to keeping them thriving until we can safely provide hands-on community education and classes in person. 
  • Plant Propagation: We grow and propagate California native plants and vegetable plants that we sell to the public at reasonable prices to encourage individuals and families to garden. 

From November 13 to December 31, please consider donating to montereycountygives.com/mbmg to support your friendly, local UC Master Gardeners. You may donate to Monterey County Gives campaign regardless of your location or residency!

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With your help, we can continue to support our home gardening community with sustainable gardening advice. Thank you for your support!


With gratitude,

Board of Directors, Monterey Bay Master Gardeners

Jan Fedor, President

Linda Kennedy, Vice-President

Rita Bell, Treasurer

Barbara Davidge, Secretary

Grey Zimmerman, Director

Advice to Grow By...Ask a Master Gardener!
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