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 to support 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 encourages healthy environments through sustainable gardening, green waste reduction and water conservation. They grow, propagate and sell California native plants and vegetable starts to encourage individuals and families to garden. The nonprofit also participates in the care and restoration of the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden in Carmel, and maintains the demonstration garden at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas. Normally, they use that space to demonstrate sustainable home gardening techniques and hold public workshops. Faced with Covid-19 they are now working on finding ways to virtually deliver their mission so that home gardeners can still find peace and healing through nature. They provide research-based knowledge on home horticulture, pest management and sustainable practices, and are hoping to increase staff for their gardening hotline and translate their educational materials into Spanish.
Our organization and mission is buoyed by evidence that gardening makes people happy and was a proven source of contentment during the shelter in place this past spring. I am proud of how our organization has been able to refocus how we deliver our mission of providing sustainable research-based gardening information to the home gardener during the covid pandemic. I sincerely hope our local community members find joy and success in the garden.
- Barbara Davidge