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Registration dates set for spring 2014 Master Gardener training

Posted 11/7/2013

Join the Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada! University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will hold two registration sessions for spring 2014 Master Gardener (MG) Training. Registration sessions will be held on Monday, January 6 and Wednesday, January 15 from 9-11 a.m. at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments.

Cooperative Extension staff will detail the training program requirements, volunteer commitment and Master Gardener community projects. There is a cost-recovery fee which covers all class materials including three textbooks, MG badge, shirt, tote and some refreshments. Applications will be accepted at both sessions and personal interviews of interested candidates will take place at that time. Reservations to attend a session must be made by contacting Mary Bertsch via email or at 702-257-5501.

Spring 2014 semester classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) from March 10 to April 30. Attendance at all 20 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.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who teach, assist and work with community partners on projects across the Las Vegas valley. Projects are on-going at Acacia Park, the Springs Preserve, Doolittle and Lieburn Senior Center Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove. Visit/like the Master Gardener Facebook page for additional program information.

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