Master Gardener LogoCooperative Extension will hold an information and registration session for the upcoming Spring 2012 Master Gardener Training on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. The Master Gardener volunteer program is open to all adults who accept the training and volunteer commitments. Individuals do not need a horticulture background – only an interest in gardening and a desire to share what you’ve learned with the community.

Spring semester classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) beginning March 12, 2012. There are twenty classes.

The Master Gardener program teaches sustainable desert gardening practices, including proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management and water-efficient gardening.  To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 80 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year.

Volunteer projects are on-going at Acacia Park, the Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Additional projects include the Doolittle and Lieburn Senior Center Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove.

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Desert Green 2011 LogoDespite the down economy, the 15th Annual Desert Green conference held in October at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall enjoyed strong attendance and sponsorship with more than 350 attendees.

Southwest Trees & Turf Professional of the Year was awarded to Robert (Bob) Morris, professor Emeritus with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Morris also consults and writes a horticulture column for the local newspaper.

The conference included an awards banquet, where several sponsoring organizations recognized outstanding contributions to the green industry. The Southern Nevada Arborist Group named Pete Duncombe as its Tree Care Trailblazer. Duncombe is the curator of the gardens at Las Vegas Springs Preserve.  The Bill Tomiyasu Memorial Award honored Lisa Ortega, urban forester with the city of Henderson, Nev. Ortega was recognized for her tireless efforts planting trees, educating the general public about tree care and volunteering efforts for several professional organizations. The Tomiyasu Award is considered the most prestigious green industry award in Southern Nevada.

The conference is sponsored by the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association; Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; Southern Nevada Water Authority; Nevada Shade Tree Council; Southwest Trees & Turf and the Southern Nevada Arborists Group.

The Desert Green Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that includes members from these groups on its board. The Foundation is dedicated to education for the green industry.   Desert Green XVI is slated for October 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit www.desert-green.org.

Lisa Ortega, Pete Duncombe & Bob Morris

Lisa Ortega, Pete Duncombe & Bob Morris

Garden ToolsJoin Cooperative Extension on Saturday, November 19, for a workshop on gardening in small places-what went wrong and how to fix it organically from 8 a.m. to noon. The class, taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, is designed to show you how to make the most of your small space. Topics such as Who’s eating my plants?; Why do those leaves look the way they do?; Why can’t I get tomatoes?; Those little flies!; and more will be addressed.  Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a $20 fee which includes class materials.

To register for the workshop held at the Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, LV 89123, I-215 & Windmill Lane), contact Elaine Fagin at fagine@unce.unr.edu or call 702-257-5573.  Click here for more details!

Hoop HouseJoin Cooperative Extension on Saturday, November 19 for a Hoop House Construction Workshop offered at the Northeast Clark County in Logandale, Nev. The workshop will include classroom instruction in the morning and actual construction of a hoop house in the afternoon using a popular design.

The workshop will be held at 1897 N. Moapa Valley Blvd., Logandale. To register, email Carol Bishop or call 702-397-2604.