Marin Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners



Garden talk series from U C Marin Master Gardeners

The U C Marin Master Gardeners will present the first of three talks at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Additional talks will be held Wednesday mornings, March 7 and April 4; topics to be announced. No reservations are required and admission is free.  For more information, contact Faith Brown at 415-435-5320 or

Keeping Varmints at Bay: Deer, Rats and Gophers
Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Do you look out the window and find your roses beheaded? Are your carefully cultivated fruits and vegetables partially eaten? Or, have your plants disappeared entirely? It’s likely deer, gophers, or rats are appreciating your garden. Come and learn techniques to help home gardeners cope with these pests.

Speaker Lois Stevens became a UC Marin Master Gardener in 2008 and has been an active gardener for nearly 50 years. She currently chairs the Marin Master Gardener Help Desk service and is responsible for training new Master Gardeners. She gives presentations about the Master Gardener program and garden-related topics at events throughout Marin County.


Invasives: More Than Just Bugs and Blooms
Wednesday, March 7 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Invasive plants brought in from other parts of the world represent a significant challenge to the natural environment of our country and our home landscapes. When a gardener thinks of an “exotic invasive,” it is usually an insect or a plant. But there are exotic invasive diseases, aquatics and mammals that also pose threats to our native species and environments. Based on research by UC Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Bob Mauceli will discuss some examples of these alien threats and what California is doing to deal with them.

Before become a Marin Master Gardener in 2014, Mauceli was a Master Gardener in New York. He lives on a north Novato hillside that he has landscaped using native trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials. He is also a member of the California Native Plant Society and is a birder.


Caring for Your Vegetable Garden and Harvesting the Bounty
Wednesday, April 4 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Learn about how to care for your backyard crops during the growing season. Topics will include best watering practices, managing diseases and other problems, harvesting and storage.

Speaker Anne-Marie Walker founded a UC award-winning program that teaches third- and fourth-grade students about edible gardening. She is certified by the University of California as a trainer for edible and sustainable landscapes. She now lives in Belvedere in the home where her husband grew up and chairs Belvedere’s Parks and Open Space Committee.

Further information at: Master Gardeners.