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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners

Posted 6/18/2007

2007 Master Gardener Class

LAS VEGAS-University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada held their spring 2007 Graduation on June 6 at the Lifelong Learning Center. Forty-four community members completed 70 hours of horticultural training and passed the final exam. As Master Gardeners they agree to volunteer at least 50 hours each year on desert gardening projects.

The graduates were: Lorenzo Alva, Michelle Bachmann, Sunny Brown, Angela Cantrell, Anita Cardin, Gary Cramer, Lauren Diaz, Marge DiOrio, Marie Campanella, Donna Dye, D'Ann Eakin, Carolyn Ellsworth, Fran Escarzaga, Ron Esparza, Jennie Freund, Beth Garner, Joyce Grayson, Nancy Grimm, Tom Grimm, Chuck Hanson, Sharon Hatcher, Richard Honzo, Shelley Hunnel, Lori John, Annie Macias, Rose Manley, Ronen Moshe, John Palmer, Alix Peters, Lenor Ramiscal, Judy Ross, Connie Savage, Eileen Singer, Virginia Smith, Yuki Takagi, Ed Thomas, Maggy Thompson, Jeannie Toscano, Judy Vandever, Kate Walker, Laurie Wanser, Beth Wetzler, Maria White and Rita White.

Antoinette Edmunds, program coordinator, applauded the spring class for "pursuing their passion with professionalism". "Master Gardeners do not have a hobby; they have a calling - to share their knowledge of proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management, and water-efficient gardening", said Edmunds.

The desert environment presents unique gardening challenges. Temperature extremes, scarcity of water and infertile desert soils create one of the harshest growing climates in the world. The Master Gardener program teaches the public how to meet these challenges. There are over 250 certified Master Gardeners in Clark County. University-trained Master Gardeners provide free, unbiased, research-based information to the public at plant clinics, community projects and through the Home Gardening Help Line, 257-5555 (staffed 8 a.m - 5 p.m., weekdays). In addition, the Southern Nevada Master Gardeners are the hosts for the 2009 International Master Gardener Conference. Over 1500 Master Gardeners from across the United States and Canada will attend.

Master Gardener Training is offered twice a year: an evening program in the spring and a daytime program in the fall. The registration for the fall 2007 class is being held at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 13, with classes beginning in September. For further information on this nation-wide volunteer program, or to register for the up-coming orientation, please contact Ann Edmunds at 257-5587 or e-mail edmundsa@unce.unr.edu.

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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