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Madera Master Gardeners Hotline is working remotely. 

Questions? Send an email to Including photos is helpful.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

No phone service at this time or office hours. 

The UCANR Cooperative Extension Office has moved. New address is  145 Tozer Street Suite 103 Madera, CA 93638.


Madera Training class 2023 information

2023 Madera new students information only. ( you must have received your acceptance letter)  Questions? Contact Denise Cuendett by e-mail

Congratulations on being selected as a UC Master Gardener Trainee for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Madera County.   The required forms are attached and must be completed before you begin the UC Master Gardener training in January 2023.   If you are unable to accept this volunteer position, please notify me as soon as possible, as an alternate will be awaiting the opportunity.


UC ANR Adult Volunteer Code of Conduct

Proof of California Driver’s License and Automotive Liability Insurance

Live Scan Form Madera 2022


Return the forms and payment to:

Master Gardener Association of Fresno County (MGAFC)

P.O. Box 4673, Fresno, 93744

Include the forms and your check or money order in the amount of $250.00, payable to MGAFC,

by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022.

Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing you at the new class. 

Denise Cuendett




Arboretum All Stars UC Davis

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

Our horticultural staff garden with many species of plants and, over the years, have gained unique insights into which plants work well in our area, even under difficult conditions. After narrowing down their favorites to a list, testing them in the Arboretum as well as field trials throughout the state, they picked these 100, hence the name, “Arboretum All-Stars.”

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Elinor Teague

Elinor Teague
A note from Elinor Teague to the readers:

After writing gardening columns for the Fresno Bee for 18 years, it is a pleasure to be able to continue to offer readers gardening advice and tips here on the Fresno and Madera County Master Gardeners’ website.

If you would like to read more articles from this past year by Elinor click here to read. 

Thank you Elinor for your support of the Fresno/Madera Master Gardener programs. 

See this month article below. 

Master Gardener’s website column September 2022

September 2022 MG website column by Elinor Teague

Last year (2021) the Fresno/Clovis area experienced more than 64 days of temperatures above 100 degrees, well over the annual average of 38 days. The final tally of 100 degree days for this year may match or even exceed that of last year. Although Central Valley gardeners are accustomed to dealing with high summer temperatures, the recent extended periods of excessive heat are proving difficult and frustrating. The necessity of water conservation as the mega drought continues adds to every gardeners’ dilemma.

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The Central Valley generally receives 275 days of sun annually which allows us to have two full growing seasons. In previous years high summer temperatures dropped enough to provide ideal conditions for transplanting and for sowing seeds directly into the garden by mid to late September and early October. However, heat spikes that are now beginning to persist well into October which will significantly change our accustomed planting schedule. 

Central Valley gardeners will need to adapt to the changing planting schedule. Fresno and Madera County Master Gardeners may want record their observations of the results of this fall’s plantings along with relevant temperature records to share with the community. 

Here are a few suggestions for collecting information for anecdotal records.  

Blossoms fall off fruiting plants and flower buds fail to develop fully when temps are above 90 degrees. When temperatures are above 96 degrees, plants’ metabolic processes slowdown. As nights grow longer and temperatures cool in late August, fruit set and flower bud set normally should resume. Did tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumbers resume flowering and setting fruit later this fall? Did roses produce a full crop of well-formed flower buds as usual in early September or was bud set delayed?  

Temperatures the first week of September were predicted to be above 105 degrees for several days in a row. What condition were landscape plants in after that heat spike? If any of those plants were in good enough condition to be transplanted, were they able to recover vigor after transplanting and how quickly did they recover? How many heat spikes were there this fall and how did well-established plants respond to the continued heat? How did seedlings and new transplants respond to later heat spells.

Many gardens have some planting beds that have been well-amended with compost and humus regularly as well as beds that are less well-amended, perhaps consisting of mostly native soil. Were any differences noted in water retention rates, water drainage and plant condition in planting beds during the fall planting season? How were watering schedules adjusted according to the weather?

We have been able to plant and transplant many spring-blooming annuals and cool-season crops in fall for flower display and food in late fall and very early spring because moderate fall temperatures encouraged good root development before winter. If planting and transplanting had to be delayed from mid or late September until mid or even late October by excessive heat, did plants and seedlings have enough time to establish good root systems before soil temperatures dropped below 50 degrees? You might need to pull out a few small transplants to estimate the extent of the roots’ development. 


Tree Care online resourses?

Thank you: Dave Wilson Nursery for your wonderful online resources about trees. 

Click here to see the videos posted about Tree care. 


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