Lifelong Learning Center’s Demonstration Garden
Join the Southern Nevada Master Gardeners for a demonstration garden tour on October 4. The Demonstration Gardens contain over 500 species of desert appropriate landscape plants, including: trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves. Plants are identified by botanical and common names.
The City of Henderson and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers are offering free gardening classes in October. During the first class on October 11 , Master Gardener Jeanne Toscano will discuss the Crops to Grow!
Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, Henderson, Nev.
The fourth annual Chefs for Kids charity golf tournament will be held at Painted Desert Golf Course on Sunday, October 12. There is a shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Chefs for Kids program is a joint effort of the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Las Vegas and Cooperative Extension. Chefs for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, committed to eliminating malnutrition and hunger in children through education and awareness. The tournament is being sponsored by the BrownBlankfeld Group. Once again, Findlay Honda has offered a new car for a hole in one and Carter Powersports has offered a Polaris for a separate hole in one. Register through the website.
The Wetland’s Nature Center at Night-site of the inaugural statewide Nevada Naturalist Conference
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites residents from across the state to attend the first-ever Nevada Naturalist Statewide Conference being held at the Clark County Wetlands Park. The conference is scheduled from September 18 to September 20. Visit the website for all of the details, including speakers, breakout sessions and additional events!
There are plants, even in the desert southwest, that cause people to start sneezing, force their eyes to water and swell, and in short, make them miserable. Some trees, shrubs, even grasses, produce pollen that some of our bodies just react to, and react badly. People from the east talk about a villainous plant called “ragweed”. In southern Nevada, there are canyon and desert ragweeds. All of these are members of the genus “Ambrosia” – a lovely name for an unlovely allergenic plant.
There are others that cause many problems, such as Bermuda grass: the grass that produces the runners and appears uninvited in almost every home landscape. It invades wherever the soil has been disturbed. In the cool weather it goes dormant, but comes back with a vengeance once temperatures start to rise. Control is a challenge, with or without herbicides. (A few experts suggest asphalt; just tar over the area. We do not recommend that!)
American arborvitae and Olive are two common allergenic plants found in the desert southwest