Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Talk with Master Gardeners at LA County Fair

Do you wonder why your tomatoes are so tiny or so few? Or do you also wonder when to start lettuce seeds so you can harvest throughout the winter to avoid the high prices at the stores? Maybe, you’re not sure when to prune your roses for lots of color next year. The Los Angeles County Master Gardeners can help you. Trained by the experts from the University of California and having had many years of experience, they know the answers to the difficult challenges gardeners face.

You can chat with Master Gardeners in person at the Los Angeles County Fair (in the Flower and Garden Building) on Saturdays and Sundays in September from 11 am to 9 pm.

In addition, throughout the year, you can call the Master Gardener Helpline at (323) 260-3238 to leave a message. Or, you can email your question and photograph of your gardening problem to Master Gardener volunteers will respond within 3 days.

Master Gardener volunteers in Los Angeles County are part of the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Common Ground Garden Program. They help low-income county residents grow and eat more nutritious vegetables and fruits at local school and senior gardens, homeless and battered women's shelters, and fairs and farmers markets.

For more information, email or call (323) 260-3407. You can also visit UC Cooperative Extension’s website at for monthly gardening information and other helpful hints.

As part of the University of California, Cooperative Extension was established in 1914 to connect local communities to their state’s land grant university. An office in each county in California responds to the changing needs of its local populations, designing and carrying out research-based programs in the areas of food, health, agriculture and the environment. To find out more about UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County, you can visit

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