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Image of the UC Master Gardener graduating class.
Front Row from left to right: Jessica Stetten, Jessica Segale, Pamela Jahn-Derian, Pamela Gross, Michele Nowak-Sharkey, Kris Rogers, Robn DeSandres. Back Row from left to right: Phil Bateman, Cheryl Berg, Pat Turnquist, Elisabeth Kinsey, Michelle Shaddix, Kelli Land, Paul Jarvi, Zara Durgaryan, Wendy Williams, Tery Susman, Terry Johnson, David Rozelle, Lindy Kauffman, Lorri MacDonald. Not pictured: Xianzhi Li, Abby Miller.

Congratulations to the UC Master Gardener Class of 2022

By Tery Susman.

We are proud to introduce the new ‘crop’ of UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County, Class of 2022! We graduated on May 13th after 17 weeks of extensive training both online and in-person. We had weekly zoom lectures on everything related to horticulture, from below the ground, up! We learned how roots, shoots, soil, water, insects, weeds, and even fire all play an important role in plant propagation, gardening, forest management and conservation.

Image of green acorns.

Image by Manfred Antranias Zimmer.

Twice a month we met at the Amigo Stage at the fairgrounds for live demonstrations and the hands-on application of what we were learning. Did we get dirty…yes! Did we have fun…yes! Did we discover amazing things about plant parts, plant families, soil composition, oak and pine trees, fire behavior and so much more…YES!

Now we are ready to join the master, UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County in reaching out to promote: Healthier Plants, a Healthier Environment, Healthier Gardens and Gardeners, and building a Healthier Community!

Image of a pine tree forest.

Image by Henryk Niestrój.

These are the UC Master Gardener Program goals and we bring them to life right here in Mariposa County. You will find us at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market, the Creek Demonstration Garden, hosting the Spring and Fall Plant Sales, at the Mariposa Butterfly Festival and the Fair, answering your questions on the Helpline, on the radio, teaching children about gardening at the School Garden and just around town!

If you see one of us, come say ‘hi’ and if you have a plant, pest, soil, pruning, or invasive weed question, ask us. We will help find the answer!

A special Thank You, to Sheri Mace and Julie Richard for their excellent instruction and training, their wealth of knowledge and their unwavering support and guidance over the last 5 months!

UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County is located at 5009 Fairgrounds Rd., Mariposa. For more gardening and event information, visit our website at www.emariposa.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener and Facebook page (UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County).

UC Master Gardeners staff a helpline serving Mariposa County, including Greeley Hill, Coulterville, and Lake Don Pedro. Please contact us at 209-966-7078 or via e-mail at mgmariposa@ucdavis.edu.

Listen to us on the radio at KRYZ 98.5 FM on Wednesdays at 2 p.m and Saturdays at 5 p.m.

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