In 1992, a seed was planted with the hopes of creating a community volunteer gardening program. Twenty years later, the Southern Nevada Master Gardener program is in full bloom. To mark the anniversary, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a number of celebratory events. The first, a Garden Gala on Saturday, April 21, is free and open to all gardening enthusiasts. Master Gardeners – past and present – plus interested community members are invited to become a part of this wonderful celebration!
The Garden Gala will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center and Outdoor Education Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Cooperative Extension’s demonstration and teaching gardens will be open. Garden tours and talks will be offered every half hour from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Throughout the day there will be a native plant sale, an “Ask a Master Gardener” information booth and community project displays. Horticulture expert Linn Mills, who started the local Master Gardener program, will be honored, as will Master Gardener Mary Rider, from the first training class. Cutting of the anniversary cake and a reunion of current and former Master Gardeners will commemorate the day.
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