In an effort to educate the green industry and arborist community on tree care and best practices, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents the Annual Professional Tree Care Seminar and Workshop in English on January 23 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with early registration beginning at 6 a.m. This year, the emphasis will be urban tree care: Best Practices-Practical Landscape Management for Professionals. The seminar will be held at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.

Desert Landscape

Afternoon, hands-on sessions are offered from 2—3:20 p.m. covering topics of choice: Reworking Small Topped Trees; Grass/Shrubs/Desert Plants; Pruning Woody Perennials; and Palm or Plant Identification. The cost of the full day seminar which includes handouts, coffee, beverages, CEU’s and lunch is $25 if you pre-register and $30 at the door. The Spanish session is scheduled for January 30.

Jordan Russell with Gecko

Jordan Russell holding Knob-tailed Gecko

Free and open to the public! Join Cooperative Extension as they host the monthly Herpetological Society meeting on February 6. The evening’s presenter is Jordan Russell. The discussion will be on the Knob-tailed Gecko (Genus Nephrurus). Knob-tailed Geckos are easily distinguished by their short bodies, large heads, small legs, and short, carrot-shaped tails that often end in a small knob.

Jordan Russell is the owner of California Breeders Union (a company which specializes in the captive propagation of rare and unusual geckos & importation of unusual exotic lizards) He is also the founder of the Reptile and Amphibian Charity Auctions (an online auction house for animal related nonprofits), (an online tool for animal breeders of all types which affords them what it takes to build a professional website in minutes).

Woman pruning rosesFree and open to the public, the January topic is Winter Pruning, Soil Amending and Fertilizing. Join South Valley Rose Society Consulting Rosarians for a discussion on the different varieties of roses: Miniatures, Hybrid teas, Floribundas, Shrubs, and Old Garden Roses. The importance of amending soil and fertilizing in preparation for spring blooms will be stressed. Bring your gloves and pruners and any container rose you want to prune (optional).