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Master Gardener Fall 2007 Training Program

Posted 6/12/2007

LAS VEGAS-The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will hold an information session for the Fall 2007 Master Gardener class on Monday, August 13 from at 9 a.m. at the UNCE Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Training classes begin in September.

The Master Gardener program teaches correct 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 70 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year.

Volunteer projects are on-going at Red Rock Conservation Area, 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 the Clark County Fair.

Current Master Gardeners and UNCE Horticulture staff will detail the training program requirements, volunteer commitment and Master Gardener community projects. Application forms will be available, and all interested individuals will be interviewed. Classes will be held from 9a.m. to Noon, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A fee will be charged to cover the cost of books and other training materials. The fee is payable the morning of the first class in September.

All interested persons are advised to attend this information session in order to be eligible to enter the Spring Master Gardener class. Reservations may be made by calling (702) 257-5501. To receive information about the Master Gardener program, contact Ann Edmunds at (702) 257-5587 or email edmundsa@unce.unr.edu .

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the 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 the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu or call (702) 222-3130. # # #

Editor’s Note: Cooperative Extension is the college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada to local communities to address important issues. Faculty and staff reached thousands of Nevada citizens last year with research-based information on agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, health and nutrition, community development and children, youth and families. Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s oldest, land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno has more than 16,000 students and four campuses and hosts Cooperative Extension services in all Nevada counties. It is ranked as one of the country’s top 150 research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation, and is home to America’s sixth-largest study abroad program, as well as the state’s oldest and largest medical school.

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