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Grape Day Announced at UNCE Orchard

Posted 2/25/2011

Who says you can’t grow a good grape in Southern Nevada? The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Orchard in North Las Vegas has been proving that wrong for nearly 15 years. Both wine and desert grape educational programs will be featured at the UNCE Orchard in North Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5, starting at 8 a.m. Attendees will be shown how to prune both table and wine grapes using the Orchard’s extensive collection of nearly 30 varieties of grapes. The UNCE Orchard is located approximately 100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive in North Las Vegas.

The Grape Day program kicks off at 8 a.m. with general information about growing grapes in our desert. At 9 a.m., volunteers from the Orchard’s winemaking group will explain the basics of winemaking and provide some sampling of wines made from these grapes. At 10 a.m., a grape pruning class will be held demonstrating the basic principles of pruning both table and wine grapes.

This educational program, conducted by Bob Morris, Cooperative Extension’s horticulturist and The View and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist, is intended to encourage both backyard and small-scale production of grapes in Southern Nevada. The UNCE Orchard is a research and demonstration facility designed to test the suitability of fruit and vegetable varieties and transfer the knowledge on how to grow them in our harsh Mojave Desert climate.

For more information and to enroll in the class, contact Morris at Morrisr@unce.unr.edu or call the Master Gardener helpline at 702-257-5555.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from University of Nevada—and other land-grant universities—to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu

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