Grapes Vines at Master Gardener Orchard

Grapevines at the Research Center & Demonstration Orchard

The Annual Schedule of Grapes workshop will be held at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Research Center & Demonstration Orchard on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Master Gardeners Yutaka Nomura and Tom Grimm will show you how and when to prune, fertilize, and care for grape vines. Nomura and Grimm both keep their table and wine grapes in great shape for optimal production quality and have years of experience producing some fabulous wines. The Research Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, contact Tamara Wynne at 702-786-4361.


Photo of handfull of soilIf you’ve gardened in other parts of the country and then tried to garden here, you’ve noticed that the soil is different. 

Our Mojave soils are infertile, salty and alkaline – fine for desert natives – but not good for much else. If you’re curious about the soil in your yard, let Dr. Angela O’Callaghan teach you about it. 

For this hands-on class all participants are asked to bring a bag of soil from their yard to test. Due to the hands-on nature of this class, class size is limited. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Register early!


Cooperative Extension’s Nevada Naturalist Program’s Spring 2015 class held their graduation on Saturday, May 30. To become a Nevada Naturalist, participants complete a minimum of 60 hours of classroom and field education, 20 hours of volunteer service, and a project on an environmental topic of their choice. Projects for 2015 include: Presentations on Badgers, Tarantulas, and Monarchs; a herpetological education module for youth; a “Natural Nevada” card game; southern Nevada wildflower flash cards and board game; a desert edibles workshop; Camp NV Naturalist, and more. The next session of Nevada Naturalist Program begins in September. For more information contact Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906.

Group photo of graduates

The Spring 2015 Graduating Class!


Picture of cherriesCherries are a favorite summertime fruit. Sweet cherries contain vitamin C, potassium and fiber. One cup (about 20 cherries) has about 100 calories. Most cherries range in color from red to a dark purple that looks almost black. The Rainier cherry; however, has a golden skin with a touch of pink or light red stripes. When you find cherries at the store, choose ones that are fresh, firm, and bright. They should still have their stem attached. Handle the cherries gently and refrigerate as soon as possible. Choose Cherries is a Cooperative Extension publication that explains the benefits of eating cherries and offers a recipe on making dark, sweet cherry frozen yogurt.