Red rose drawingUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society are collaborating and offering an educational meeting in October.

Free and open to the public, the October 23 meeting topic is Which is Better: Compost or soluble commercial fertilizers? Bob Morris, Faculty Emeritus from University of Nevada will discuss the confusion about what compost can and cannot do. Is it a soil amendment, a fertilizer, a miracle product? How is it made and with what ingredients? What is the role of soluble commercial fertilizers products in growing roses? Can I use both?

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, please call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555 or email

Last year's bare root tree pick-up

Last year’s pre-ordered bare root trees pick-up at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

Fruit trees that have proven reliable at the Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard will again be made available to the public.  The Master Gardeners will accept orders for bare-root fruit trees until November 1, 2014.  Order forms listing the varieties and prices are available online.

A bare root fruit tree comes without soil or leaves.  It is light and easy to plant, but since there is no soil, the roots must be kept moist.  Planting directions will be provided. The trees will be available for pick-up at the Demonstration Orchard in late January/early February 2015.  Payment is due at that time.

Solarbration LogoThe Solar Festival, free to the public and all ages are welcome, will offer the community the opportunity to enjoy solar-powered art, live music, food and fun. Plus there will be solar demonstrations, and the latest information on sustainable energy.

Again this year, the event will be “Bike Friendly” and cyclists are encouraged to ride to the event. Bike clubs are encouraged to make a ride out of the event. This year promises to be even more fun and activity-packed than last year. The Lifelong Learning Center is located right on the Windmill exit of the Clark County 215 trail.

Photos from last year's event

Photos from last year’s event!

4-H LogoFor more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.). The hands-on programs empower youth and provide them with opportunities to grown, learn, and become confident kids.

 Each year, 4-H offers a glimpse into S.T.E.M. with exciting, interactive learning experiences that engage thousands of youth across the country in conducting the National Science Experiment. This year’s science day focuses on rocketry—Rockets to the Rescue!  This year’s event has all the makings of a great, family-oriented evening!

Group watching rockets blast off

Lori Leas and Jay Clyde, 4-H community based instructors, along with several youth, watch and listen to the rockets blast off at the Lifelong Learning Center during a summer 4-H STEM day camp.