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Save-the-Date: 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference Tahoe City, Calif.

Tahoe City, Calif.  September 28- October 2, 2020

The triennial 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference is taking place Sept. 28- Oct. 2, 2020 in Tahoe City, Calif. Save-the-date to come and join the UC Master Gardener Program and celebrate our 40th anniversary! 

The 2017 conference in Long Beach, Calif. saw over 700 attendees from 43 counties across California.  The quality and value of the conference is unparalleled in the industry; bringing together leaders in home horticulture and sharing the latest in UC research.

Lake of the Sky: Lake Tahoe

Nestled on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City is the crown jewel of the Sierra-Nevada and the ideal location for the 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  The conference is being hosted at Granlibakken Tahoe, a resort built around connection - with adventure, land, water and sky with great food, and one another.  

Serene Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe offers experiences from outdoor adventures to explorations of food, culture, art, music and so much more.

Things to do:

Granlibakken Tahoe

Located minutes from Tahoe City the Granlibakken Tahoe prides itself on preserving the natural environment and providing a space that feels like old Tahoe.  Recreational activities (swimming, volleyball, tennis, biking and hiking) are all on conference grounds, and a 1.5 mile private trail leads to North Lake Tahoe. 

The UC Master Gardener Conference has reserved the entire resort and an "all-inclusive package" for attendees who stay onsite means lodging, three meals per day, and cocktail receptions will all be included in the lodging rate.  Room rate details and the process for booking will be announced in future conference communications.  All hotel information will updated on the conference website, ucanr.edu/2020mgconference, check back often for details.

Main Entrance of Grannlibakken Tahoe

Come to learn, celebrate, explore, & connect

The triennial conference is an important statewide event designed to train volunteers with the most current and up-to-date research-based horticulture information. Training from the statewide conference is used as a jumping board for local-county based programs to be inspired by speakers, content and each other.  Attendees are encouraged to share the information in their own county-based programs.

 Conference activities:

  • Intensive sessions
  • Poster session
  • Search for Excellence
  • Silent Auction
  • Tours
  • Guided nature hikes
  • Hosted cocktail receptions
  • S'more campfire
  • Celebration banquet
  • And more…

The 2020 UC Master Gardener Conference is a fantastic opportunity to come together and celebrate our 40th anniversary and explore the natural beauty of Tahoe.  Connect, network and build community with fellow UC Master Gardener volunteers from all over California.  Save-the-date and see you Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020 in Tahoe City!

Visit the conference website for more details, ucanr.edu/2020mgconference.

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:26 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Announcing the 40th Anniversary UC Master Gardener Photo Contest Winners!!

The UC Master Gardener Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 40th Anniversary UC Master Gardener Photo Contest.  Thank you for helping tell our story by submitting over 480 photos and to all the people who voted.

 People's Choice”  Winners
1st - “Lettuce Grow”, My Thanh Kim, San Diego County

2nd - “Early Head Start Students”, Marti Lindsey, Los Angeles County

3rd - “Stairway to a Heavenly Garden”, Leora Worthington, Monterey County

 

Prizes
First, Second and Third place winners were notified by email and will receive prizes and be showcased on the statewide UC Master Gardener Program website, UC ANR Repository, UC Master Gardener social media channels, program marketing materials and the 2019 annual report. Winners will also be recognized by having their photo displayed in a gallery at the 2020 UC Master Gardener Program statewide conference. 

 

Thank You for your Support
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Photo Contest! The gallery of submitted photos represents what it means to be a UC Master Gardener. The photos will be used to communicate our impact, message and mission through the use of imagery throug. 

Together we are making a difference!

 

Honorable Mention
4th - “Kids+tools= Cool School Garden”, My Thanh Kim, San Diego County

5th - “Drip Irrigation or Dripping in Paint”, My Thanh Kim, San Diego County

6th - “Queen Bee surrounded by her Entourage at the Master Gardener booth, Amador County Fair”, Betty Olson-Jones, Amador County

7th “Master Gardener Butterfly Garden (Alice Keck Memorial Garden Santa Barbara)”, Karen Twibell, Santa Barbara County

8th - “MG Coordinator, Maggie O'Neill is also a cake decorator! Celebrating Volunteers”, Robin Rowe, San Bernardino County

9th - “Future UC Master Gardener!”, Lauren Snowden, Yuba-Sutter Counties

10th - “Working Together for better gardens”, Julie Enberg

 

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:51 AM
  • Author: Donna Valadez
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Local Garden Gem in San Mateo County: The Gardening Education Center

In the heart of San Mateo County sits a garden gem, The Gardening Education Center, a 5,000 square foot growing space established by the UC Master Gardener Program of San Mateo County. This green garden space was approximately three years in the making, which included fundraising, planning, and actively working the land. 

In the spring of 2018, when the site was unveiled, UC Master Gardener volunteers went to work. The plan was to prepare the space for a small (4-5 fruit tree) orchard, three large raised bed planters for seasonal flowers and vegetables, and separate specialty in-ground beds featuring natives, succulents and other drought tolerant plantings.

Prior to the planting, UC Master Gardener volunteers sheet mulched with cardboard and wood chips. This assisted in smothering the invasive groundcover that had taken over the overgrown neglected space.

Unbeknownst to UC Master Gardener volunteers, there was significantly more Bermuda grass than was initially suspected. Bermuda grass seeds can be an aggressive, the grass itself is tough and persistent. Over the next few months the grass eventually crept in and completely took over. Drastic measures were needed to eradicate the pesky weeds so the committed volunteers accepted the challenge and made a plan to eradicate the invasive grass without utilizing chemicals.

The plan of attack included eradicating as much Bermuda grass as possible from the very compacted and dry soil as naturally as possible. They scraped the top few inches of the soil off of the area to get rid of as many rhizomes and stolons of the pernicious Bermuda grass.

They worked tirelessly to remove the Bermuda grass, and prepared the soil for compost tea and cover crop planting. By removing the Bermuda grass it made a huge difference in the look, health and overall maintenance of the garden space.

The following eight cool season cover crops were chosen for the first planting because of these benefits:

In the end, UC Master Gardener volunteers produced a harvest of plenty. They learned the finer points of making compost extract using premier compost and applying it to the soil to introduce microbial life into the soil, attracting beneficial fungi, nematodes and earthworms. Not only were they able to plant diverse cover crops that crowded out the weeds, they were also successful in reaching their goal of treating the 1,600 square foot space of garden soil with no pesticides. 

The Gardening Education Center has been open to UC Master Gardener volunteers since last spring, as they work to create the infrastructure to accommodate classes for the public. There are three greenhouses onsite that are currently growing plants for the UC Master Gardener Program of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.

http://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.edu/Programs/   

Compost Class pictured above, front row from left to right: Mark Foulard, Norine Cepernich, Terry Messinger, Maggi Lim, Cathy Vreeberg, Gaye Torjusen, (and standing) Nancy Kruberg, Terry Lyngso, and Steve Maskel. Second row from left ot right: Patty Deering, Linda Dvorak,Kathy Stamm, Kate Sweetman, Carol O'Donnell, John O'Hara, Charlie Akers, Charlene Landreau, Ginny Piazza, Cynthia Nations, Nick Landolfi, Janet Gilmore, Yana Maloney, and behind Yana,  John Bassetto (Norine's husband and heavy equipment operator).

Many thanks to this group of volunteers, who have led the efforts and plan for The Gardening Education Center space and whom have spent countless volunteer hours! They have put a lot of thought into making this an excellent learning process for all. We would like to especially recognize Terry Lyngso, whom donated compost, seeds and paving stones to the project.

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Photo Contest Submissions and Voting are Heating Up!

Remember to add to our timeline. Enter the 40th Anniversary Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes and receive recognition among the UC Master Gardener community.

(Remember to add to our timeline. Enter the 40th Anniversary Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes and receive recognition among the UC Master Gardener community.)

Time to pull out your scrapbooks or cameras! The UC Master Gardener Program is holding a photo contest and you are invited to submit and vote for your favorite images.

Join us and share your favorite memory or what is special to you about being a UC Master Gardener volunteer. Enter and vote for your favorite images into the UC Master Gardener Program's 40th Anniversary Photo Contest. Photos can represent the UC Master Gardener Program history, events, workshops, volunteer activities, gardens, or anything that represents what it means to be a UC Master Gardener over the past 40 years.

Submit or vote for your favorite photo

So far the 40th Anniversary Photo Contest has received 134 inspiring entries and more than 1033 votes, but plenty of time still remains to enter and win! Check out current photos at http://bit.ly/40thPhoto and vote for ALL your favorites EVERY DAY until the contest closes. 

Check out some popular photo entries that are a great representation of the photo contest theme:

“Lettuce Grow” by My Thanh K. (193 votes)

“Master Gardeners Teaching the Teachers” by Michele Y. (17 votes)

“Caretaker” by Leora W. (14 votes)

How to enter

Entry is free and open to all past and present UC Master Gardener volunteers. Entries must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PST on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 using the online photo contest submission form.

Please read and review the official photo contest participation guidelines before entering.

  • Images must be smaller than 10MB
  • No limit on number of images
  • Winner selected by popular vote!

Winners

Photographs with the highest overall public votes will be designated as “People's Choice” winners. First, second and third place winners will receive prizes and be showcased on the statewide UC Master Gardener Program website, UC ANR Repository, UC Master Gardener social media channels, program marketing materials and the 2019 annual report. Winners will also be recognized by having their photo displayed in a gallery at the 2020 UC Master Gardener Program statewide conference.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite photos every day until the contest closes and share with family and friends on social media for additional votes!

 

Questions? Contact:

Donna Valadez

Marketing Assistant, Statewide Office

Email: dnvaladez@ucanr.edu

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9:26 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Cheers to 40 years! It's time to show off UC Master Gardener Program images of the past and present

The UC Master Gardener Program invites you to stroll down memory lane and share your favorite photos of being a UC Master Gardener volunteer. The program will be celebrating its 40th anniversary (1980 – 2020), and we need your help to tell our story.

Enter the 40th Anniversary Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes and receive recognition among the UC Master Gardener community.

How to enter
Entry is free and open to all past and present UC Master Gardener volunteers. Entries must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PST on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 using the online photo contest submission form.

Please read and review the official photo contest participation guidelines before entering.

  • Images must be smaller than 10MB
  • No limit on number of images
  • Winner selected by popular vote!

Winners
Photographs with the highest overall public votes will be designated as “People's Choice” winners. First, second and third place winners will receive prizes and be showcased on the statewide UC Master Gardener Program website, UC ANR Repository, UC Master Gardener social media channels, program marketing materials and the 2019 annual report. Winners will also be recognized by having their photo displayed in a gallery at the 2020 UC Master Gardener Program statewide conference.

More information about the 2019 UC Master Gardener 40th Anniversary Photo Contest can be found online:

We can't wait to see your beautiful photos!

Questions? Contact:

Donna Valadez
Marketing Assistant, Statewide Office
Email: dnvaladez@ucanr.edu

Enter your favorite photos from the past 40 years to celebrate our anniversary next year!
Our 40th year anniversary aims to honor all UC Master Gardener volunteers, past and present!
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:27 AM

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