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Registration date set for Fall Master Gardener Training

Posted 5/1/2012

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will hold an information and registration session for the upcoming Fall 2012 Master Gardener Training on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Master Gardeners are volunteers who teach, assist and work with community partners on projects across the Las Vegas valley. The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments.

Fall semester classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, September 10 through Monday, October 29. Attendance at all twenty classes is required.

The Master Gardener program teaches sustainable desert gardening practices, including proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management and water-efficient gardening. To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 80 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year. The Master Gardener title can only be used when performing volunteer work on behalf of the University.

Volunteer projects are on-going at Acacia Park, the Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Additional projects include the Doolittle and Lieburn Senior Center Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove.

At the information and registration UNCE Horticulture staff will detail the training program requirements, volunteer commitment and Master Gardener community projects. A $150 cost-recovery fee covers all class materials including three textbooks, MG badge, shirt, tote and some refreshments. Completed registrations (applications with cash or check payable to Board of Regents) will be accepted at the Information and Registration session. Reservations must be made by calling Mary Bertsch, Program Assistant, at 702-257-5501 or email.

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