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Gardening in Nevada classes discuss wine, pests and heirloom plants

Posted 2/5/2016

Learn about heirloom plants such as squash and tomatoes and how to grow them 6 — 8 p.m., Feb. 9 at Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Photo courtesy of Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension teams up with Washoe Parks and Bartley Ranch

Northern Nevada’s high elevation means Nevada has a short growing season, which makes gardening more of a challenge. So as the planning season begins, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their Certified Master Gardeners offer a chance to help you get the most out of your garden. Cooperative Extension has teamed up with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to offer "Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series." Classes are free and run 6 — 8 p.m. every Tuesday through March 29, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

The classes are taught by Cooperative Extension horticulturists and experts, and Cooperative Extension’s certified Master Gardener volunteers. The next three classes are:

  • Feb. 9: Heirlooms, Past and Present — Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Pamela Van Hoozer discusses the importance of biodiversity, marketability, advantages and challenges of successful crops, and how to work with locally adapted varieties.
  • Feb. 16: From Buds to Vines and Grapes to Wine — Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Joe Bernardo covers the basic skills of growing grapes and making wine in Nevada.
  • Feb. 23: Dealing with Pests in the Landscape and Garden — Cooperative Extension Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety Program Assistant Melody Hefner discusses the steps to create a pest management plan, including alternatives to chemicals for pest control.

For more information on "Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series," or for general horticultural inquiries, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 775-784-4848 or mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu, or visit www.unce.unr.edu. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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