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Gardening in Nevada class discusses less painful gardening

Posted 2/22/2018

Woman sitting on a raised garden bed while gardening

Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Kathy Williams takes a less painful approach to gardening. Extension offers a class on gardening safety and best practices Feb. 27. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet.

University teams up with Washoe Parks and Bartley Ranch to offer free series

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their Certified Master Gardeners offer free gardening classes in February and March. "Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series” is for anyone who wants to garden — those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space. The classes, offered in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, run 6 — 8 p.m., every Tuesday, Feb. 20 — March 27, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

“Northern Nevada has an ever-changing, unpredictable climate,” Cooperative Extension Horticulturalist and Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet said. “Learning to grow plants successfully here can be a challenge. Through this series, anyone interested in gardening and landscaping has the chance to learn from Master Gardeners and other successful Nevada gardeners who have decades of experience gardening here.”

The classes are taught by Cooperative Extension horticulturists, experts and certified Master Gardener volunteers, as well as local business owners. Some classes offer International Society of Arboriculture continuing education credits. The next three classes are:

  • Feb. 27: Gardening is a full contact sport — Certified Arborist, Commercial Pesticide Applicator and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Dale Hildebrandt will cover basic safety measures and best practices to make gardening less painful.
  • March 6: Training and pruning fruit trees — Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik will discuss the basics of fruit tree pruning, pruning to maximize production and the art of espalier (training fruit trees to grow on trellises or against a flat surface). This class offers continuing education credits.
  • March 13: Choosing the right tomato for you — Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Pamela Van Hoozer will explain how to custom pick tomatoes for your garden.

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 the Cooperative Extension website. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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