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A Message from Frank McPherson, the County Director

UC Master Gardeners are University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) trained volunteers. They are residents of our community that give back year after year to provide UCCE researched-based horticultural information to individuals in their communities and throughout the state.

They give talks and demonstrations, conduct plant clinics, staff phone help lines, provide training at community gardens, support school garden programs, staff information tables at Farmers’ Markets, fairs, nurseries and much more.

If you would like to donate to support our efforts, please click the MAKE A GIFT link below to leave your donation.  Thank you! 

COVID-19 Changes

Due to the recent shelter in place order for Alameda County, the UC Master Gardeners Program of Alameda County is taking extra steps to ensure that our community and volunteers are safe.

Our live, in-person events are canceled until it is safe to resume. Our help desk may be slow to respond, but you may still submit a request through our online form

We encourage you to sign up for our public newsletter, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and visit this website to stay up to date with our valuable gardening instruction and workshops.

NEW!! Online events
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Cool Season Gardening 8/15/2020

Your Alameda County Garden, Month-by-Month

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Monthly Tips from Master Gardeners on gardening tasks you can do each month to make your garden healthy, beautiful and productive.

Our Great Tomato Share

UC Master Gardeners donate tomato plants for students

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To plant the seed of healthy eating among youngsters, UC Cooperative Extension is giving away vegetable plants to Oakland families with school children.   

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Advice to grow by. Just ask us!
  1. Click here:  ASK THE HELP DESK! (a form will pop up to walk you through the process)
  2. Email us at acmg@ucanr.edu Please tell us:
    • Your name, phone number and city
    • Problem description - if applicable: name of plant, when the problem began, history of watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc.
    • Photographs of the problem, if possible
  3. Due to COVID-19, our phone line is currently not operating. Please use email or online option above to contact us for help.Call us at 510-670-5645, during our open hours – Mon, Wed and Thurs from 10 am to 1pm.