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2019 Training - Speakers

Welcome to the 2019 Master Gardener Training Speaker page. This page was created to give you a visual of the speakers that will be coming this year since remember a name is usually a little more difficult than a face. Some speakers are returning guests but may be a different than the speaker you had in your class and some are new to us. Please remember that at each class there will be opportunities to earn volunteer time as well as CE units. You do need to sign up on the VMS calendar for these different opportunities. 

January 30th: Welcome Day
Books, Photos, Mentors, Payment & Food Safety Overview


Lynn Brock
UC Cooperative Extension Academic Coordinator of the UC Nutrition Education Professional Development Program
San Joaquin County








Marcy Sousa
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
San Joaquin County






February 6: Intro to horticulture


Karrie Reid
Environmental Horticulture Advisor
San Joaquin County





February 13: Intro to soils


Stu Pettygrove Ph.D.
CE Soils Specialist Emeritus - Davis




February 20: Home Orchard


Joe Grant
UCCE Pomology & Walnut Advisor Emeritus
San Joaquin County






Brent Holtz Ph.D.
UCCE Pomology & Plant Pathology Advisor / County Director
San Joaquin County









Paul Verdegaal
UCCE Viticulture & Almond Advisor Emeritus
San Joaquin County









February 27: Turf (Maintaining & Converting)



Karrie Reid
Environmental Horticulture Advisor
San Joaquin County




March 6: Entomology


Karey Windbeil-Rojas
Urban IPM Advisor
San Joaquin County






March 13: Landscape Trees


Igor Lacan Ph.D.
Environmental Horticulture Advisor
San Francisco/San Mateo County








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March 20: Composting & Vermicomposting


Kevin Marini
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Placer/Nevada Counties




March 27: Vegetable Gardening


Richard Molinar
Farm Advisor Emeritus
Small Farm Program




April 3: Plant Propagation

Ellen Zagory
Past Director UC Davis Arboretum


April 10: Water in the Landscape

Steven Swain
Environmental Horticulture Advisor
Marin & Sonoma Counties






 April 17: Weeds


Brad Hanson Ph.D.
UCCE Weed Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences - Davis




April 24: Plant Pathology

Beth Teviotdale Ph.D.
CE Plant Pathologist, Emeritus
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center




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May 1: IPM


Anne Schellman
Master Gardener Coordinator
Stanislaus County



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May 8: Houseplants, potted plants and succulents, orchids and even carnivorous plants… Container plants inside and outside! 


Ernesto Sandoval
Manager and Curator at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory
UC Davis




May 15: Landscape Plants for the Valley/Sustanable Landscaping

Karrie Reid
Environmental Horticulture Advisor
San Joaquin County




May 22:

To be filled




May 29: Diagnosing Plant Problems

Janine Hasey
Tree Crop Farm Advisor, County Director, Master Gardener Advisor
Sutter & Yuba Counties




June 5: Master Gardener Program Overview,

MG office & outreach overview, Group presentations(??TBD) Passing out finals


Missy Gable
Statewide Master Gardener Program Director






Marcy Sousa
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
San Joaquin County