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Five gift ideas from UCCE Master Gardeners

'California Master Gardener Handbook' is on a short list of gift ideas for gardeners.
Who better to give advice on presents for gardeners but Master Gardeners certified by the University of California Cooperative Extension? asks Katherine Spiers this week in the KCET "In-Ground Gardens" blog.

The UC Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to extend research-based information to the public about home horticulture and pest management.

In the KCET story, a few UCCE Master Gardeners of Los Angeles County share their tips for excellent garden gifts.

  1. Master Gardener Denise Friese suggested rain barrels, which collect water when it rains so it can be used between storms for irrigation. "Plus, there is a new rebate for rain barrels from the Metropolitan Water District," she said.

  2. Master Gardener Elizabeth Ostrom recommended moisture meters. "It's an excellent tool that lets you know if you are under/over watering. And over time, it acts as a teaching tool," she said.

  3. Master Gardener Jane Auerbach suggested a gift membership to a garden club, which offers abundant inspiration and, often, free classes with membership.

  4. Auerbach also recommended Felco pruners, "the gold standard" in gardening equipment.

  5. Yvonne Savio, the Master Gardener coordinator in LA County, recommended the California Master Gardener Handbook. Written by UC academics, the 700-page handbook is a gardening encyclopedia.
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM


I'm a master Gardner from Sonoma co. Ca. Enjoy reading your page from the southern part of the state. Been very cold & freezing up here. Boy do we need rain ;)

Posted by Nancy Nygaard on December 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I believe rain is on the top of everybody's wish list this year!

Reply by Jeannette E. Warnert on December 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The KCET article slightly misquoted my gift membership recommendation --my primary emphasis was on public botanical gardens, then on plant societies and garden clubs.

Posted by Jane Auerbach on December 27, 2013 at 3:02 AM

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