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End of the Year Thank You!

As 2020 comes to a close, I'd like to express my deep appreciation and thanks to all of our UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener volunteers who have given the ‘gift of their time' to provide credible information to the gardening public. Even during COVID, they've found creative and safe means to continue reaching the public by converting face-to-face classes and workshops to online opportunities.They've gone above and beyond their expected volunteerism by helping those in need during these difficult times by working with our partners to distribute free seeds, trees, and wattles (for erosion control) and ensuring a happy holiday season for children and adults in need through a gift drive. Through COVID, the UCCE Master Gardeners have maintained their email and phone helplines to help county residents solve their gardening quandaries (linked here) and (909)387-2182.

MG Bob Yocum and Crafton Hills College Gardeners

Master Gardener volunteers helped thousands of county residents landscape more sustainably, grow food in home, community, and school gardens, and deepen their appreciation of nature. They: 

  • Taught classes on drought-resistant landscapes and growing food in home, school, and community gardens
  • Hosted ‘Ask the Master Gardener' sessions
  • Provided education to community and school gardeners
  • Distributed gardening information and answered questions at Farmers' Markets, community fairs and other events
  • Answered home gardening questions via email and phone helplines
  • Shared gardening information through social media
  • Helped promote planting trees to cool urban heat islands in underserved neighborhoods and communities
  • Helped take research data on the 'trees for tomorrow' project
  • Published the monthly Master Gardener newsletter (thanks Phoebe, Debbie, Maggie, Robin, Sue and contributing authors!)

A special ‘shout out' to our monthly 2020 ‘Spotlight' Master Gardener volunteers for their extraordinary service:

I'd also like to recognize our dozens of non-profit partners including Inland Empire Resource Conservation District and the County of San Bernardino. 

And, last but far from least, I'm forever thankful to UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Coordinator Maggie O'Neill whose passion, heart, and expertise keeps the program thriving!



Happy Holidays to All! 

MG citizen scientists
MG citizen scientists

Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:55 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Meet August 'Spotlight' UCCE Master Gardener Brenda Spoelstra

Brenda helping youth learn to garden at Micah House 3

I became a University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener in San Bernardino County in January of 2019. I had learned about it from a friend who is an instructor with the UCCE Master Food Preserver program. She knew I liked...

micah house veggie garden 1
micah house veggie garden 1

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:45 PM
  • Author: Brenda Spoelstra
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Food, Health, Yard & Garden

Spotlight on UCCE Master Gardener of San Bernardino County Loleta Cruse

Loleta Cruse head shot

When Loleta first learned she had been chosen for the Monthly Master Gardener Spotlight for March, she said she didn't think there would be much of interest about her to put in the article. I soon came to the realization that this was Loleta's humility...

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:34 PM
  • Author: Debbie Ledoux

Master Gardeners Are There When You Need Them - Monthly Master Gardener Spotlight: Bob & Sharon Yocum by Debbie LeDoux

Bob and Sharon sampling veggies at Crafton Hills garden

I met with Bob and Sharon Yocum recently on a beautiful, clear Southern California winter morning at the Crafton Hills College garden in Yucaipa, California. With the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains in the distance, it was a perfect way to spend a...

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 1:21 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Family, Food, Health, Yard & Garden

'Janet’s Jottings' by Janet Hartin, MG Program Manager, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Flower boxes adorn a Dublin pub, photo by Janet Hartin

European Flower Boxes Provide Beauty and a Welcoming Ambiance. Many European countries pride themselves on colorful displays of geraniums, ivy, and other flowers adorning window planters of hotels, restaurants, and even train stations.  I had...

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:22 AM
  • Author: Janet Hartin
Tags: Container Gardening (0), Dublin (0), Flower Boxes (0), How-to (0), Ireland (0), Planters (0)
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

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