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Monterey Bay Master Gardeners


The Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay, Inc. provide programmatic, organizational, and financial support to the UCCE Master Gardener Program of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties (UCMGMSCC), administered by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and supports the UCMGMSCC by disseminating research-based horticultural information to educate the community about home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices.

The Big Idea

Monterey Bay Master Gardeners share research-based information on home gardening and horticulture, pest management and sustainable landscape practices. This nonprofit inspires volunteers to share their passion for gardening, made even more possible by their Big Idea: a demonstration and teaching garden in Monterey County. This garden will be an ADA-compliant outdoor classroom available year-round to demonstrate a variety of sustainable gardening practices, and highlight plants native to the region and to the cultures who live here.

I discovered the Monterey Bay Master Gardeners organization when I attended Fall Fest in 2018. I signed up for their newsletter and was so impressed with the expert advice, research-backed gardening resources, and classes delivered by knowledgeable and passionate volunteers. When they started recruiting for the 2020 Master Gardener class I applied! Currently, I work with a team of plant propagators dedicated to offering the public “plants with a purpose”. For now, it’s low-water, drought-tolerant and fire-resistant plants suited to our local climate, and of course, relevant research-based information and resources for both new and experienced home gardeners. Our vision to build a Demonstration Garden in Monterey County represents our commitment to educate Monterey County home gardeners. I am proud to be a Master Gardener and serve my community and sustain our local environment.

- Dyan Apostolos

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.