UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties
University of California
UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties

Boot Camp Attendee Information

Thank you for participating in the UCCE Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay Home Gardening Boot Camp on Saturday, June 6th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you have any questions about your registration, please email Sue Procter (Boot Camp Registration Team Leader) at sprocter@cruzio.com.

**Note**: If you are registering at the door, please arrive at 8:00am to allow time for registration. Please have your list of preferred classes selected when you arrive.


Here is some important information that will help make your day a bit easier. 

LOCATION & PARKING: The address for Cabrillo College is 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. You can Mapquest or Google for directions. The Horticulture Facility is located at the uppermost part of campus, located on the “uphill” side of campus. The campus is divided in half by Soquel Drive, and you want to be on the half that is on the uphill side, not the ocean side. The uphill side of the campus is bordered by a steep road that leads you up to the top level of some outdoor parking (past the parking structures and the Farmer’s Market). When you get to the upper level of the campus, there will be a large green sign that says "Cabrillo College Horticulture Department". That is your cue to park in the lots that are near the foot of this sign: Lots E, F, G & H, or along the road as allowed. Cabrillo College does not charge fees for parking on the weekend.


PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS NO PARKING BEYOND THE GREEN SIGN unless you are an Instructor, a Volunteer, or you have a current Handicapped placard. Thank you for your cooperation.


You will see a sign that says SHUTTLE and a spot where attendees are being guided into cars which will take you up to the Horticulture Facility. The shuttle will run only in the morning and then after the event. You may also walk up the steep hill that leads to the facility.

DRESS: Please dress in layers as the temperatures may change by 15 degrees between 8 and 4. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, as some hands-on demonstration classes will be held outdoors.

REGISTRATION: Begins at 8:00 am. You will be given a badge that has your name on the front and the classes for which you registered on the back. At 9:00, there will be a brief 10-15 minute “Welcome and Announcements” in Classroom #2 (Lecture Hall) prior to start of classes.  

CLASS LOCATIONS: Signs and maps of the facility will be posted outside each class with the corresponding class number. Please look for Boot Camp volunteers to assist you throughout the day, if you need help locating a class or other part of the facility. Master Gardeners will be wearing name tags with volunteer ribbons. 

CLASSES:  Please do not change your classes. We have just enough seating in each classroom for those who are officially enrolled. There will be proctors at each classroom checking badges to assist you in finding the correct classroom. The classes are 90 minutes long (the last session has some 60-minute classes) and meant to give you an overview of the topic. Because of time constraints, we request that you hold any questions until the instructor opens the floor for Q&A. Also, you can do some additional research with the links provided by the instructors. 

SNACKS: We will have a hospitality table with coffee, tea, water, fruit and other goodies to help you start the day on a yummy note. All are welcome to partake of these. Of course, you may bring your own, though we request that you not leave any trash inside the classrooms. To help reduce waste, we encourage you to bring your own water bottle, washable cup and utensils.

LUNCH: There will be a 1-hour break for lunch. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch or order a freshly-prepared meal from the vending truck that will be onsite. We are pleased to have arranged for Cruz’nGourmet to offer a great selection of their reasonably-priced gourmet World Food for sale at the Boot Camp. For an example of their offerings, go to: www.cruzngourmet.com. Tables & umbrellas will be set up on the ocean-view patio behind the main building. Additionally, there are benches available with a bay view and benches in the main courtyard. Because time is very limited, we do not recommend you leave campus for lunch. There is no shuttle service during the lunch break.  Please bring your own refillable water bottle. We will have water servers on the Hospitality table throughout the day, plus there are drinking fountains on campus.

GREEN: We want to minimize our carbon footprint for this event and reduce waste. We have asked the instructors to reduce handouts and provide you with internet links for information instead. Again, we encourage you to bring your own re-useable cup or water bottle, eating utensils and napkins. Please sort your trash correctly and respect the marked receptacles. Please do not leave food or any other trash in the classrooms.

PLANT SALE: The Cabrillo College Horticulture Department is known all over Northern California and the plant world for its incredible Salvia Garden and Mother's Day Plant Sale. There is still a huge selection of plants available and the Horticulture Department has graciously agreed to sell plants at a discount for this event. Plants will ONLY BE SOLD AT LUNCH and again after the last class. You must leave the plants in a designated holding area and pick up after the Boot Camp. You may not take them to the classrooms. You will be allowed to drive your car up after the Boot Camp to pick up plants. Cash and checks only, please.  Cabrillo College is not able to accept credit cards for payment of items.

FINALLY: Come and enjoy the day, the magnificent location, and the people. Bring a happy heart and be prepared to dwell only on the joy of gardening. We look forward to seeing you at the Boot Camp!

Barbara Olsen, Candice McLaren, and Sue Procter

2015 Boot Camp Co-Chairs

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