Peaches on Tree BranchesIf your interest lies in growing fruit trees, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Orchard is hosting a tour and discussion at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 16. Join Tom Spellman, from Dave Wilson Nursery, as he introduces new fruit tree varieties at the Orchard. Spellman is a fruit tree expert, specializing in citrus, so be sure to bring your questions.

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Ask A Master Gardener SignCooperative Extension Master Gardeners will be staffing an Ask a Master Gardener table at Whole Foods Market W. Charleston every Saturday in February.

Visit Whole Foods Market at 8855 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, each week between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., to ask your gardening questions.  Weekly topics are:  February 11, Organic Gardening; February 18, Raised Beds; and February 25, Cool and Warm Season Veggies.  Along with weekly topics, additional information will be available.

Master Gardeners are University-trained community volunteers who share their knowledge and desert gardening skills via community projects. Master Gardeners are experienced in successfully growing plants in the harsh (hot, dry, windy) climate of the Mojave Desert. This is an environment unfamiliar to many newcomers. By teaching what to plant and how to properly care for their landscapes or gardens, the Master Gardeners save people money – on water, soil amendments, plant materials, etc.

Since 1992 over 1000 community members have taken the UNCE Master Gardener horticulture training course with the understanding that they are not to keep this information to themselves – that they will become the University’s unpaid ambassadors and share the science of good desert gardening with others. Click here for more info!

 

Nevada Naturalist LogoDo you love the outdoors? Enjoy exploring the natural world in southern Nevada? Like learning about native plants and animals? Wonder how you can volunteer and participate in conservation projects locally? Then, the Nevada Naturalist program is for you! Drop by the Lifelong Learning Center on Saturday, February 18 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and chat with current Nevada Naturalists, meet instructors, see project presentations, participate in activities, learn about exciting volunteer opportunities and more.

Nevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, focuses on giving a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada.

For more information about the Nevada Naturalist’s open house, click here!

Photos of NV Naturalist class participants

Tomatoes on a plateCooperative Extension (UNCE) Master Gardener Helen Brown will teach a one hour class titled “Time for Tomatoes!” at Whole Foods Market Henderson on Saturday, February 11.

To participate, visit Whole Foods Market at 100 S. Green Valley Pkwy., at 11 a.m. Helen Brown, a Master Gardener since 1997, is a local expert on growing vegetables—especially tomatoes and vine crops.  Las Vegas has two tomato seasons–Spring/Early Summer and Fall/Early Winter.  Now is the perfect time to start tomato seeds indoors and get a bountiful first crop before the summer temperatures stop production.

Brown, along with over 300 active Master Gardeners, is a University-trained community volunteers who shares her knowledge and desert gardening skills via community projects. Master Gardeners are experienced in successfully growing plants in the harsh (hot, dry, windy) climate of the Mojave Desert. This is an environment unfamiliar to many newcomers. By teaching what to plant and how to properly care for their landscapes or gardens, the Master Gardeners save people money–on water, soil amendments, plant materials, etc.

Master Gardener LogoSince 1992 over 1,000 community members have taken the UNCE Master Gardener horticulture training course with the understanding that they are not to keep this information to themselves–that they will become the University’s unpaid ambassadors and share the science of good desert gardening with others. Details!