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Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and certified by the University of California Cooperative Extension. Each volunteer has successfully completed a 50-hour program of instruction in basic horticulture and pest management. Master Gardeners assist the Cooperative Extension by extending information on gardening and pest management to the public.

The Master Gardeners listed below are available to give presentations on the topics indicated. Please contact the speaker at least two weeks before a presentation is desired. Speakers may charge a few dollars to cover their expenses.

Greg Alder

619 786-0132
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Topics:

  • Fruit trees (citrus, avocado, stone fruit, etc.): selection, irrigation, care
  • Vegetables
  • Rainwater collection and use
  • Grey water (household water reuse in the garden)
Geographic Area:
 San Diego County
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 None
Notes:
 Greg has been a Master Gardener since 2012. He has lived and gardened in various parts of the county.
   

Lynlee Austell

619 523-1276
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Topics:

  • Best Practices for Sustainable Landscape Maintenance
  • Edible Landscape
  • Three Ways to Sustainability in the Landscape
  • Change Labor Intensive Landscapes to Intensely Joyful Landscapes
  • Drought Tolerant Design & Maintenance
Geographic Area:
 SD County
Preferred Hours:
 Not Mon., Wed, Fri. mornings
Equipment Needed:
 Screen and darkened room
Notes:
 
   

Neal Biggart

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Topics:

Geographic Area:
 Soil Development and testing
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 none
Notes:
 Neal is an organic fruit and vegetable gardener, and especially interested in developing soil structure and health with composting.
   

Stephen Cantu

619 518-2267
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Topics:

  • Making Gardening Accessible to all Ages and Abilities
  • A friendly discussion on gardening tools and design
Geographic Area:
 Any
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 None
Notes:
 Projector screen, darkened room. Wheelchair access.
   

Meredith French

619 260-1588
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Topics:

  • Creating Better Plant Portraits
  • Creating a Habitat Garden and How to Become Certified
  • The Unseen World in Your Garden - Life Cycles of Fauna that Keep Your Garden Healthy
Geographic Area:
 Central San Diego preferred (advance notice)
Preferred Hours:
 Daytime preferred
Equipment Needed:
 Projector screen, darkened room, laptop with projector if possible.
Notes:
 Meredith has been a Master Gardener since 2005 and has been a working professional photographer since 1980.
   

Charlotte Getz

760 753-1005
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Topics:

  • How to Start a School Garden
  • Fall and Winter Blooming Plants with Sue Marchetti
Geographic Area:
 North San Diego Coastal
Preferred Hours:
 
Equipment Needed:
 Easel, LCD projector and Screen, table
Notes:
 Charlotte has been a Master Gardener since 1998.
   

Carol Graham

760 753-6757
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Topics:

  • Lecture and Guided Tour (Given at Gardens in Encinitas)
  • Compost: Great for Your Garden & Good for Your Community
  • Exotic Fruits: Growing Your Own Slice of Paradise
Geographic Area:
 Del Mar to Southern Carlsbad, Coastal
Preferred Hours:
 
Equipment Needed:
 Projection screen
Notes:
 Carol has been a Master Gardener since 1983. She has been an active member of the California Rare Fruit Growers organization for many years as well.
   

Karan Greenwald

619 224-0858
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Topics:

  • Vegetable gardening 101
  • All About Heirloom Tomatoes - from Seed to Salsa
Geographic Area:
 Flexible
Preferred Hours:
 Spring and early summer
Equipment Needed:
 Table for plants
Notes:
 Karan grows different types of heirloom tomatoes for the Point Loma Garden Club's annual plant sale and for her talks if requested.
   

Judy Macomber

760 631-7886
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Topics:

  • Pet Friendly Landscaping – Planting With Your Pooch & Other Pets
Geographic Area:
 Any
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 None
Notes:
 
   

John Marsh

760 431-8970
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Topics:

  • All Fruit Trees - Selection, Care & Pruning
  • Tomatoes - Selection and Care
Geographic Area:
 North San Diego Coastal Area
Preferred Hours:
 
Equipment Needed:
 
Notes:
 
   

Francie Murphy

858 922-0079
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Topics:

  • Roses-How to Grow America's Favorite Flower
Geographic Area:
 All areas of San Diego County
Preferred Hours:
 Any time except Wednesday mornings
Equipment Needed:
 Needed: projection screen or large wall
Notes:
 Francie has been growing roses for 20 years and became a Master Gardener in 2014. She follows a no-fuss policy for her mix of antique and modern roses. A comprehensive Rose Resource guide will be emailed in advance. Francie teams with Master Gardener Maria Mata who specializes in growing roses in containers.
   

Sharon Reeve

619 701-3105
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Topics:

  • Native Bees of California and How to Garden to Encourage Them
  • Wildlife Gardening and the Best Plants for your Garden
Geographic Area:
 Any
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 Projector, screen and microphone
Notes:
 
   

Charles Robinson

619 264-2131
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Topics:

  • Staghorn Fern -- Propagation and Division
Geographic Area:
 San Diego Preferred
Preferred Hours:
 Weekdays only
Equipment Needed:
 
Notes:
 Charles has been a Master Gardener since 1983. He has had a life-long interest in all types of plants, including vegetables, flowers, trees and ferns. He is also a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers and the San Diego Fern Society. He has given numerous lectures on Staghorn Fern culture and propagation at the Del Mar Fair and numerous garden clubs throughout San Diego County. Articles written by Charles have been published locally and statewide.
   

Cindy Sparks

619 223-5515
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Topics:

  • Drought Tolerant Gardening
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Herbs
  • Rainwater and Graywater Use
Geographic Area:
 Metro area plus surrounding areas
Preferred Hours:
 
Equipment Needed:
 
Notes:
 
   

Susan Taylor

619 465-3509
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Topics:

  • Vegetables, Citrus & Stone Fruit
  • Vermiculture (worms)
Geographic Area:
 Central San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon, & south of Del Mar
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 None
Notes:
 Susan has been a Master Gardener since 2005.
   

Marcia Van Loy

858 278-7788
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Topics:

  • Attracting Birds, Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden
Geographic Area:
 Any areas of the county
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 Projection screen and microphone needed
Notes:
 Marcia has been a Master Gardener since 2001.
   

Lucy Warren

619 295-2489
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Topics:

  • Gardens of Balboa Park, California Native Plants
Geographic Area:
 Any
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 Projector and screen
Notes:
 
   

Richard Winkler

Bad Phone
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Topics:

  • Soil Health, Basic Botany, Regenerative Agriculture, Food Systems and Reducing Food Waste
Geographic Area:
 Any
Preferred Hours:
 Any
Equipment Needed:
 Projector and screen
Notes:
 
   




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