Pretty pink roseNo matter what the climate — extremes of temperature, precipitation, and sunshine — people want roses blooming in their yards.

There are about 100 species, and thousands of cultivars, of this flower.

Even in the parched Mojave Desert, they can be desirable additions to the garden.

The public is invited to view the entries of the “We Never Promised You a Rose Garden, But We Got One” Rose Show from 1 – 4 p.m. at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.

Pear tree in Botanical Gardens.

Pear tree located at the Outdoor Education Center’s Botanical Gardens.

Figs, nectarines, peaches, apricots, pears, apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes and blackberries are just a few of the fruits you can grow at home.

The fruit varieties may be different than what you’re used to but the results can still be spectacular.

Let Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, explain what plant attributes to look for when planning your home orchard.

Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend the Gardening in Small Places workshop.

Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

Unsold and collected pumpkins will be launched using catapults and a trebuchet in the Silverton Hotel and Casino parking lot.

The catapults were built by East Career Technical Academy students under the guidance of Fausto Vega, who teaches construction skills at the school.

The trebuchet was built by Southern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Rachel Lewison and retired U.S. Air Force Director, Bruce Romeo.

The catapults are expected to launch the pumpkins about 50 feet while the trebuchet is expected to cover a 100-foot distance.

The launched pumpkins will be composted into soil.

This is the second annual Pitch-a-Pumpkin event.

Two rose events are happening in October:

Clipart of Everything coming up rosesRoses are a desirable addition to any garden, even here in the Mojave Desert. With about 100 species and thousands of cultivars to choose from selecting the right rose for the right place may seem daunting.

Let Master Gardener and Rosarian Judith Kafantaris teach you about the attributes to look for in roses that will do well in our dry climate during the Oct. Gardening in Small Places workshop.

Rose photography entries in Rose Shows has become a very popular event in the last several years. If you every wonder how to display your pictures in Rose Shows, Christina Ropeter will show you where to buy the picture frames and how to mount the photographs during the So. Valley Rose Society’s October  workshop.

Watch for upcoming information on the 1st annual Rose Show on Nov. 18!