University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) Master Gardener (MG) program will celebrate the graduation of its 1000th Master Gardener Saturday, April 17 at Picnic in the Park in Henderson.  The event marks a milestone for the southern Nevada horticulture group, which helps both experienced and novice gardeners grow their own flowers, fruits and vegetables in Nevada’s arid—and sometimes unforgiving—conditions. To find out more about the event and the Master Gardener program training, please click here!

Vegetable and herb transplants will be available at the Master Gardener Orchard on Saturday, April 10 from 8 a.m. to Noon. The Orchard is located 100 yards east of the intersection of Horse Drive and North Decatur in North Las Vegas. Most of the transplants are 50 cents apiece. The larger ones are a bit more. To find out what veggies & herbs will be available, call 702-257-5509 or e-mail  Bob.


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Free Radon Test Kit

Receive your FREE radon test kit! Presentations are held throughout southern Nevada. Results show 1 in 4 homes have elevated levels.  It has no smell or taste and you can’t see it, but this gas can accumulate to harmful levels when trapped indoors.  If you haven’t tested your home for it, you could be exposing your family to a known carcinogen that can cause lung cancer over time. April community presentations are listed here!

Mulch Pile

Coarse, organic wood mulch

Back by popular demand—the Community Mulch Pile.  This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community.  Rather than send this valuable resource to the landfill we are capturing it at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Orchard and making it available for your use. For more information and directions to the Orchard, click here!

Nevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is looking for interested adults to participate. The Nevada Naturalist program educates and trains adults interested in learning about the natural resources in southern Nevada. Participants study natural resources, environmental education and interpretation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues.    

The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching, and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada.

The program is open to individuals of all backgrounds. The spring semester begins April 5, 2010. The cost is $100 per semester. For more information on this program, or to register, please contact Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906 or e-mail