Changing colors, crisp mornings, warm days, and cool evenings make fall perfect for outdoor activity. Here are some ways for the entire family to enjoy the season:

Walks, hikes, and bike rides: See the changing landscape up close. Be sure to bring a jacket, water, snacks — and sunscreen, even though the temperature is cooler.

Walk around the neighborhood or visit a local park: Ask each family member to find five different types of leaves. Identify them when you get home. Make leaf rubbings.

clip art man jumping in leavesWork parties: Raking leaves and chopping/stacking wood are all good ways to get your heart pumping.

Leafy fun for kids: See who can make the biggest pile of leaves in 30 seconds.

Visit local orchards and pick apples: Bring home the bounty and make healthy snacks like sugarless applesauce.

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Cooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society’s October meeting focuses on growing roses in containers.Roses growing in containers

Christina Ropter, Consulting Rosarian, explains how growing roses in containers/pots is very popular especially in small areas.

These containers and pots also enhance a garden bed. Discover the roses that grow best in containers/pots and what to look for: size of pots, material, potting soil, watering methods and placement location.

The meeting is open to the public.

Desert Green Logo“Arid and Aware: A New Perspective” focuses on practical horticulture and turf care with water conservation in mind. The conference features two days of concurrent seminar tracks, table top displays and a green industry mixer.

Keynote speaker John Rader, co-founder of EuroAmerican Propagators, LLC in Bonsall, CA, EuroAmerican Propagators, has created a niche for itself, specializing in the year-round production of young plants and offers new and unique plant varieties. Rader’s keynote address will focus on sustainable landscape plants; he will also be speaking on ornamental grasses during the general session.

The conference begins on October 22 and features table-top displays offering the latest products and services.


Cactus demo garden

Cactus demonstration garden

Over 1,000 identified plants in demo garden

Desert landscaping means a lot more than just cactus! When visiting University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Demonstration and Test Gardens, you will be amazed to see over 1,000 different identified species of plants, trees and palms that flourish in the desert southwest.

All the plants throughout the demonstration gardens are identified with bright blue and white plaques noting their Botanic and common name. In the gardens, you will find plants from Abelia x grandiflora, Glossy Abelia, to Zephyranthes x Zodiac Surprise, Rain Lily, and hundreds in between. The gardens also house a rose, cactus, herb and children’s demonstration areas.

Find alphabetical listings online for the plants, cactus, trees and palms found in the gardens.