Master Gardener Workshops

Western Municipal Water District partners with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener Program of Riverside County to host FREE monthly workshops that focus on gardening and efficient outdoor water use.

Workshops are hosted on the second Saturday of each month. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops are being held virtually. 


Why saving water today is the No. 1 garden priority

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020  |  10 a.m.  |  Join the Zoom webinar (Registration not required)

Join us for a conversation with Celeste Cantú, UCCE Master Gardener, as we learn about: 

  • Climate change and impact on gardens, 
  • Water-efficient gardening, and 
  • Maintaining your garden through proven water-wise practices

Speaker: Celeste Cantú, UCCE Master Gardener

Celeste Cantú, UCCE Master Gardener, is Vice-Chair of the San Diego Water Quality Control Board. Previously she was CEO of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL), which informs local leaders about water policies that promote a robust economy, healthy communities, and a resilient environment for all Californians. 

Before joining WELL in 2017, she served as General Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. There Celeste worked on an Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan called One Water One Watershed. She previously served as the Executive Director for the California State Water Resources Control Board and as the USDA rural development state director for California. 

She was born and raised in Calexico, where she served as Planning Director and later as Executive Director for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority. Celeste joined the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center Advisory Council in 2015 and became Chair in 2017. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in urban planning and policy from Yale.

Growing cool-season veggies

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020  |  10 a.m.  |  Join the Zoom webinar (Registration not required)

Now is a perfect time to plan your cool-season vegetable garden. Master Gardener and Food Preserver, Laura Simpson, will share tips and tricks for a bountiful organic garden. Healthy garden-to-table living starts here.

Speaker: Laura Simpson, UCCE Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver

Laura Simpson has been a Master Gardener since 2002 and a Master Food Preserver since 2015. She and her family live near Temecula and grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees at their home. Laura frequently speaks on southern California gardening, vegetable and herb gardening, and safe food preservation, and is a weekly columnist in the Home and Garden section of The Press-Enterprise. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego, and worked in the biotechnology industry and biomedical research before becoming a Master Gardener.

Hydroponics: Gardening without soil

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020  |  10 a.m.

More information coming soon.

Do you require special accommodation?

Any person with a disability who requires a reasonable modification or accommodation in order to participate in meetings should direct requests to at least 48 hours before the meeting.