Press Release: "Master Gardener" Programs on UCTV (2/24/2003)

Gardening Enthusiasts Take Knowledge to A New Level With Expert Advice From UC Cooperative Extension Service Specialists

LA JOLLA, February 24 - California’s home gardeners are tuning to UCTV’s continuing "Master Gardener" series for answers to their most common and vexing questions, explained in depth by horticultural experts from the University of California Cooperative Extension. "Master Gardener" is a continuing series produced by Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) and airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on UCTV.

This March, viewers will learn how to maintain a "Home Vineyard" (March 4), win the battle against troublesome weeds in the two-part "Weed Management" (Part 1, March 11 and Part 2, March 18), and understand the complexities of pest control in the two-part "Understanding Pesticides" (Part 1, March 25 and Part 2, April 1).

For over 25 years, the UC Cooperative Extension service has offered formal training and certification of "master gardeners", who serve as volunteers in the community, sharing their expertise and advice on growing flowers and vegetables, pruning trees, controlling weeds, insects and other pests, and other green thumb activities. In an effort to share this knowledge more widely and reach people in their homes, Cooperative Extension is making available 22 hours of master gardener training, for broadcast on UCTV.

UCTV can be seen in over 9 million households nationwide, 24 hours a day, on Channel 9412 of EchoStar's DISH Network, and limited availability on cable in California (check for details). In addition, those with high-speed Internet connections can watch the programs as a live video stream or from our video-on-demand archives at For a full list of programs, broadcast schedule and supporting web materials, visit

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