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Webinar—Firewise Landscaping: Strategies to Prepare Your Home and Property for Wildfire—Nov 16, 2020. Image shows firefighter hosing burning cabin

Firewise Landscaping: Strategies to Prepare Your Home and Property for Wildfire
Monday, November 16, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

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Program Description:
Although wildfires have beneficial impacts on ecological resources, they also have been catastrophic for many fire prone communities in California. Our increasing urban development in or near wildlands and extreme weather conditions have made 2020 the most devastating fire year in the state’s recorded history. The threat to life and property is real and worth getting prepared for. Join us to learn strategies on how you can reduce your risks in fire prone California by protecting and hardening your home and creating firewise landscapes

Presenters Bio:
Steve Danziger has been a Master Gardener since 2015 and is a regular volunteer at "Our Garden," our demonstration garden in Walnut Creek. He has presented library educational talks on Composting, and has staffed the Ask a Master Gardener Table at the Moraga Farmers Market for several years. In 2018, Steve was elected to the Moraga Orinda Fire District Board of Directors and is currently serving his second term as President. Steve retired as Administrative Services Manager with the Oakland Fire Department and prior to that worked for the National Park Service in Arizona and at Yosemite. Additionally, Steve is an Orinda Parks & Rec Commissioner and member of the Art in Public Places Committee. He has completed the Recycle Smart Certified Composter Program.

Hedwig Van Den Broeck has been a Master Gardener since 2019, and is currently the editor of our Newsletter, “News to Grow by.” Hedwig inherited her passion for natural gardening from her Belgian mother. Hedwig moved around a lot during most of her professional life as a computer programmer, during which time her garden functioned as a safe haven to relax and recharge. After retiring, she settled in the Bay Area nine years ago, which allowed her to finally become a Master Gardener. The danger of increasingly devastating CA Wildfires motivated Hedwig to become more involved and make Firescaping her priority. Hedwig participated in drafting a revised Contra Costa Wildfire Plan (CCCWFP) with the Diablo FireSafe Council, and has written several published Firescaping articles in both our internal and external Master Gardener newsletters.


Registration for our webinars opens approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Sign-up links will be posted here, via email announcement, and on our Facebook page. Some of these events will also be broadcast as Facebook Live events (with no limits on viewers). Webinar recordings are posted here and on our YouTube channel within the month following the event date.

Note: No December webinars due to the holiday season. More in 2021!  

Watch past webinars on YouTube—@CoCoMGUC.  


Registration is FULL for our October 2020 Growing Gardeners "Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" course 

Wow. The course filled up less than 10 minutes after signup started! This live Zoom course will be offered again beginning in early 2021. Please visit the Growing Gardeners web page for the latest registration information. You can also view and download our Growing Gardeners Vegetable Gardening: Handbook for Beginners.

The Growing Gardeners Program provides garden education on topics of interest to gardeners in Contra Costa County.  The Program offers in-depth learning opportunities without the extended hours required to earn UC Master Gardener Certification and without the volunteer requirement. 

For more information on this course, read our Growing Gardeners web page


Image shows grapes on left, the #BigDigDay icon in center, and heirloom tomatoes on left.

June 5, 2020, was our first #BigDigDay campaign! We set ourselves a goal of $5,000—and you, our wonderful supporters, helped us to top it off! Thank you so much. With the cancellation of our biggest fundraiser, the Great Tomato Plant sales, we are deeply appreciative of your gifts. We will continue to offer our science-based information to guide you in your gardening adventures. Stay tuned!

(If you missed the campaign, but still want to donate, here's our Donations page.)


Due to the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place, our plant sales, talks, and Ask-a-Master Gardener tables at Farmers Markets are all canceled through October 30, 2020.  As our plans evolve, we will post updates here and on our calendar


It's official...with a tip of the hat to Antioch's historic Rivertown District, our East County demonstration garden, formerly named Mangini Garden, is now called Rivertown Demonstration Garden.


Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!
UC Master Gardener advice and problem diagnosis services are available year-round!  For problem diagnosis and answers to your gardening questions, contact our Help Desk.  The Help Desk is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to Noon (closed winter holidays). 3/17/20: Due to the current COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, our Master Gardeners are working remotely—

In your request—
  • Include your name, phone number and city (plant advice depends on local conditions!).
  • Describe the problem in detail. Include the name of the plant if known, when the problem began, and cultivation history such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, pesticides, etc. 
  • Send photographs, if applicable. Photographs help!

Our gardening blog, HOrT COCO, talks about seasonal hot topics, frequently-asked questions, and truly unique or peculiar requests for help. Subscribe here.


UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Suite B, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 608-6683 (email only during Shelter-in-Place), ccmg@ucanr.edu  

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From Frank McPherson, Bay Area County UCCE Director

UC Master Gardeners are University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) trained volunteers. They are residents of our community that give back all year to provide UCCE researched-based horticultural information to individuals in their communities and throughout the state.

They give talks and demonstrations, conduct plant clinics, staff phone help lines, provide training at community gardens, support school garden programs, staff information tables at Farmers’ Markets, fairs, and nurseries, and much more.

If you would like to support our efforts, donate now. Thank you!


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Contra Costa Master Gardeners Donate Our Plants to the Community

So many plants from what would have been our Great Tomato Plant Sale found homes throughout the East Bay area. We donated plants to 48 community, church and school gardens in Contra Costa, as well as to Oakland Unified School District.
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