The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada are looking for a good “crop” of new trainees!

Master Gardener LogoCooperative Extension will hold an additional two registration sessions for the spring 2014 Master Gardener Training. Registration sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 22 and Monday, February 3 at 9 a.m. at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments. Registration information can be found on the website.

Professor Emeritus Bob Morris will hold fruit tree pruning classes at the Clark County Center for Sustainable Urban Food Production in  North Las Vegas. Join Bob on Saturday and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, January 11 through the end of the month. Bring your own by-pass pruners if you want to practice! A $5 donation to the Orchard program is requested. The Research Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive.

Call the MG Help Line at 702-257-5555 if you need directions or have any gardening questions. The Help Line is staffed M-F from 8a-5p.

Bob Morris pruning

Clark County Center for Sustainable Urban Food Production

Red RoseCooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society are collaborating and offering educational meetings throughout the winter/spring. All meetings are free and open to the public. The January 23 meeting topic is:  Winter Rose Pruning and Forcing Dormancy, offered by Marie Kaplan, Master Gardener and Consulting Rosarian.

Winter pruning tips for different rose varieties: Hybrid tea, Floribunda, Shrubs, Miniatures, Tree, Climbers and Old Garden Roses. How do you discard the canes and leaves? What tools are used for pruning: pruners, saws, loppers, etc.? How does one care for the tools and where can they be purchased.

All of the details–times, location and future topics–can be found on Cooperative Extension’s website.

Tomatoes on a plateMaster Gardener Helen Brown will be presenting a gardening class at the Clark County Center for Sustainable Urban Food Production.  “All About Tomatoes” is the topic for the class beginning at 9 a.m. A $5 donation is requested for the class. More information can be found on Cooperative Extension’s website.

Brown, a Master Gardener since 1997, is a local expert on growing vegetables—especially tomatoes and vine crops.  Brown will cover growing, starting, when to plant, what to do after blooms, tomato worm problems, wind damage, and how to get started for the best tomato results.