Submitted by Elizabeth Gabriel
MARIPOSA – Mariposa County Master Gardeners’ ranks have increased by four new members.
Monique Kolster, Jacob Reynolds, Jennifer LaDuca and Laura Pound all attended 64 hours of college-level horticultural instruction to earn their badges.
Since 1995, Mariposa Master Gardeners have contributed approximately 33,000 hours of community service.
The program is administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension service.
The Master Gardener program trains people to educate the public by sharing UC-approved information, plant identification, and plant disease prevention to home gardeners. Their mission is to extend research-based knowledge on home-horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of California.
On Saturday, May 3, the group presents a one-day plant and garden art sale, with “unbelievably low prices,” giving the public access to plants specifically suited to the local climate.
Additionally, hard-to-find varieties will be available, along with a vast array of annuals, perennials, natives, vegetables and heirlooms. Also being featured is a weath of handmade garden art created by local Master Gardeners. The big sale takes place at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, in the Amigo picnic area, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For more information, call (209) 966-2417 or visit them online: Master Gardener Program.
The UC Master Gardeners staff Help Desk and phone Hotline serves Mariposa, with access to an extensive library, along with University of California agricultural advisors, university internet sites and even a microscope for researching home gardening problems.
Home gardeners can bring questions and specimins to the Help Desk or contact the Hotline by phone or email. The Mariposa branch of the UC Cooperative Extension Office is located at 5009 Fairgrounds Road. Phone (209) 966-7078.