Education / Classes

California Garden Clubs, Inc. 

CGCI, Inc. was organized on December 5, 1931, and admitted to membership in National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region Garden Clubs, Inc. on December 5, 1931. The organization was incorporated in California on May 18, 1936.  CGCI is the largest nonprofit, volunteer gardening organization in the state of California with over 350 garden clubs, plant societies, affiliates and youth groups throughout the state representing more than 21,000 members.  View the Garden Club Structure Chart.

National Garden Clubs, Inc. 

National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education and promotes the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility. Learn more HERE.

Welcome to UCCE Central Sierra:   


The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is your bridge between local issues and the research expertise of the University of California. Don't miss their exhaustive list of Presentations and Hand-Outs on a wide variety of topics.

The UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra serves Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and El Dorado counties.

Find the UC Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development, UCCE Master Food Preserver, or UCCE Master Gardener Training Program El Dorado County, in your area on our interactive map. For a list of upcoming classes and events click HERE.

UCCE Master Gardener Classes, Handouts, and Presentations Online 

Enjoy UCCE presentations on a variety of topics HERE.

Monthly Gardening Tips from UCCE's Master Gardeners are HERE.

Due to the pandemic, Master Gardener events will for the foreseeable future continue to be limited. See the new online class schedule HERE. Recorded classes on many gardening topics are available HERE.

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is open 9 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays, April through October (closed April 16 & 17). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of people allowed in the garden at one time is limited to 10; masks and distancing are required. Check our website HERE for more details. 


2021 Annual Plant Sale Dates: Save the date for the annual plant sale, April 17 for all edibles and May 1 for trees, shrubs, succulents, natives, perennials, and grasses. This event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but Master Gardeners are committed to having a sale this year with reduced capacity. For more information on how you can shop the sale see HERE.


Have a gardening question? Master Gardeners are working hard remotely and can still answer questions. Leave a message on the office telephone at (530) 621-5512, or use the “Ask a Master Gardener” option on the website, Sign up for notices and newsletters at gardener e-news. Master Gardeners are also on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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UCCE Master Gardener Food Preserving Class


Classes are on hold during the spread of COVID-19. If you have a questions for a UCCE Master Gardener specializing in food preservation, SEE HERE. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Gold Country Herb Society

The Gold Country Herb Society of Eldorado County is a volunteer based social club that typically meets on the first Friday of the month with an active vibrant membership. We welcome new members and membership is open. Our monthly activities are usually near the Western Slope of El Dorado County.

Attend one of our meetings as our guest then decide to join for a low annual membership fee. We meet the First Friday of the month at the Veterans Memorial Building located at 130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, CA 95667, unless otherwise noted in the meeting calendar on the home page. Learn more HERE.

Sherwood Demonstration Garden 

As Master Gardeners, we are committed to educating the general public on sustainable horticulture and pest management practices based on traditional, current, and evolving research. It is our goal that the Sherwood Demonstration Garden will provide the public with hands-on, interactive experience about research-based, sustainable gardening practices specific to the west slope of El Dorado County, appropriate for all ages and cultures, and reflective of a variety of environments and gardening experiences. The Sherwood Garden is a UC Master Gardener Program. There are 16 individual demonstration gardens ranging from the Shade Garden to the Rock Garden and everything in between.

El Dorado Chapter, California Native Plants Society

Welcome to the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plants Society. Our chapter lies in El Dorado County on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, stretching from the foothills at the edge of the Sacramento Valley to the mountains at Echo Summit. Our chapter works to protect and teach about all native plants in the county, from rare to common.


Gold Field Notes, the newsletter of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, is published bimonthly. The newsletter highlights chapter meetings, programs, and activities, as well as timely news and information of interest to our members. Membership includes a subscription to Gold Field Notes, as well as subscriptions to the CNPS journal Fremontia and the CNPS quarterly Bulletin.

El Dorado Irrigation District

The El Dorado Irrigation District provides news, articles, information and much more that is not only useful but could save your life in the event of a fire. EID conducts regular Board meetings that are open to the public, normally held the second and fourth Monday of each month. Check their events calendar to see upcoming Board meetings, public workshops, and other events. You can receive notices when events or meetings are posted by signing up for eNews.

EID's Communications Department produces The Waterfront newsletter six times per year. The newsletter is mailed to customers with their bills. It is also available electronically if your bill is paid online.

Green Acres Nursery

The Green Acres Nursery in Folsom offers a monthly CALENDAR of seasonal"garden tasks," along with workshops, garden talks and other events aimed at helping you to create, manage or beautify your environment. .

Garden Design

It is easy to get frustrated when considering how best to design an outdoor space. Yes, there are lots of books to refer to, but once again, thanks to the internet, we now have Garden Design. The site covers just about anything you can think of to skillfully create the outdoor space you want. 

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's education programs include guided tours, family nature programs, talks by artists, scholars and scientists, and classes and workshops. To learn more see HERE.

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants


The Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. The acclaimed Theodore Payne Wild Flower Hotline, founded in 1983, offers free weekly on-line and recorded updates – posted each Friday from March through May – on the best locations for viewing spring wildflowers in Southern and Central California. All locations are on easily accessible public lands and range from urban to wild, distant to right here in Los Angeles. We balance the spectacle of annual flower displays with perennial plants and their spring color.


The Hotline is meant to help people enjoy the unique and beautiful nature of Southern California, without diminishing that resource in years to come. We encourage people to treat these floral treasures with care and respect.

  • Stay on the paths

  • Stand on bare ground

  • Leave the flowers unharmed

  • Take only photographs


Visit us Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
(Closed Sunday-Monday)