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Events & Activities

Join us at these Community Events in 2023!

The UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County would love to chat with you and talk to you about your gardens at any of the local community events we participate in. 

Date Event Location
4/1 MG Workshop-Vegetable Garden Beginnings Catheys Valley
4/22 Earth Day at Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley
4/29 Spring Plant Sale Fairgrounds
5/5-6 Mariposa Butterfly Festival Fairgrounds
5/13-14 Powwow Fairgrounds
May-Oct Mariposa Farmer's Market (Wed nights) 6th and Stroming
9/1-4 Mariposa County Fair--Horticulture Building Fairgrounds
9/23-24 Coyote Fest Coulterville
9/30 Propagate Like a Pro Workshop Midpines
Oct Mariposa Farm and Ranch Tour TBA
Plant and Garden Art Sales

Twice a year, the UC Mariposa Master Gardeners of Mariposa County present a Spring and Fall plant and garden art sale.  These sales offer unbelievably low prices and access to plants suited to our local climate and often varieties that are difficult to find at a commercial nursery.

  • Plants include: tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, California natives, drought-tolerant, annuals, perennials, succulents, grasses, trees, shrubs, and house plants. Bring boxes to transport. 
  • Hand Crafted Garden Art.
  • Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. We will also feature Garden Art from our talented Master Gardeners and information on Plant-a-Row (how you can grow food to donate to those in need).

The sale takes place at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road at the Amigo Picnic Area.

Spring Garden Tour

Be Inspired!

Please join us on May 18 for a tour of five local gardens.

Plan an inspirational weekend outing and take home great garden ideas by ordering your tickets. The tour will take place rain or shine.  All participants, including children, must have tickets. Please call us at 209-966-2417 with any questions.

  • $12.00 Advance Tickets;  $15.00 Day of Tour
  • Tickets available at: UCCE Mariposa Office (5009 Fairgrounds Rd., Mariposa CA) or online. 

Master Gardener docents will be on hand at each location to answer your gardening questions.  Brochures will be available at each location to guide you through your walk and identify the plants.

Demonstration Gardens

Dark Star & Poppies
Master Gardeners developed and maintain a demonstration garden of California native plants along the path of the Mariposa Creek Parkway on Stroming Road, between 6th and 8th Streets. The purpose of the garden is to demonstrate the beauty and hardiness of California native plants in home landscaping. Most of the plants in this garden are drought tolerant, attract birds and butterflies and are unattractive to deer. Many plant species and varieties are labeled and a brochure for self-guidance is available on-line. Take a stroll down the path and see Flannel Bush, Leopard Lily, Buckeye, Western Columbine, Western Blue Flax, Emerald Carpet Manzanita, Redbud and many others. Funding was provided by the Elvenia J. Slosson Endowment Fund, which is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of the science and practice of horticulture, particularly including ornamental horticulture for the home gardener. Click here to view the Mariposa Creek Native Plant Demonstration Garden Guide.

There is a Sierra Nevada Foothills Native Plant Demonstration Garden located at 5039 Fairgrounds Rd. Click here for a Plant Identification Guide to this garden.

Information Booth at the Farmers' Market

Pat & Janette Farmers Market
UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County man an information booth at the Mariposa Farmers' Market every Wednesday starting in May through October, from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Gardening subjects and displays change each month and coincide with seasonal changes. Located at the Sixth Street parking lot on Stroming Road adjacent to the Mariposa Creek Parkway.

Mariposa County Fair Horticulture Building
Co. Fair scare crows
The Mariposa County Fair Labor Day Weekend is a labor of love for Master Gardeners who perform docent duties in the fruit, vegetable and floral judging building (downstairs from the food judging building) from opening to closing every day of the fair.  Master Gardener docents talk about the displays and answer home gardening questions.

School Gardens

Each year UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County work with local schools to provide school garden education programs in collaboration with the 4H Junior Master Gardener program and Farm Advisors. The program is tailored to the specific needs of each particular school but generally focuses on planting seeds, appreciating the purpose of beneficial insects, composting and other garden activities.