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Master Gardeners Offer Classes at Acacia Park

Posted 2/25/2011

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada are—for the 7th year—offering a spring schedule of classes at Henderson’s Acacia Park. Classes are offered in partnership with the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department and are published in “Henderson Happenings.” The Master Gardeners (MG) will staff an “Ask a Master Gardener” table at the Park on class days. Acacia Park is located at 50 Casa Del Fuego (Intersection of I-215 & I-515) in Henderson.

February 26 at 10 a.m. — Yes You Can Grow Fruit Trees in the Desert by MG Jeneane Young - A number of fruit trees will grow well in out desert environment. Learn which ones to choose, when to plant them, fertilize, prune and more.

March 5 at 10 a.m. — Let’s Talk Tomatoes by MG Helen Brown - Tomatoes are the number one plant grown in home vegetable gardens, but they can be a challenge to grow here in the desert. Let’s benefit from each other’s experiences in this open forum on tomatoes. Bring your questions, ideas, successes and failures.

March 12 at 9 a.m. — Companion Plants by MG Jeanne Toscano - Just as with people, compatibility can be important to plants. There are many benefits in planning a landscape using companion planting. It is an art that can decrease pesky garden pests, add variety and diversity, and help bring a balanced eco-system to your landscape.

March 26 at 9 a.m. — Landscape Design with the End in Mind by MG Denise McConnell - Great landscape design starts with a plan. Learn how to go about developing, visualizing, and implementing your plan, and the steps to take from there, that will result in the beautiful landscape that you want.

April 9 at 9 a.m. — Safe and Sound Insect Control by MG Richard Cutbirth - You don’t need harmful chemicals to control garden and yard pests. We’ll show you insect control that’s safe enough for the whole family. Using everyday household items, we’ll show you how to make traps, sprays, and repellants. So get the upper hand on pests.

April 23 at 9 a.m. — Growing Vine Crops by MG Helen Brown - The warm season is coming and now is the perfect time to think about vine crops. Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, and Squash, and more will do well here. Our instructor will share her formula for successfully planting and growing them.

April 30 at 9 a.m. — Oh My Aching Knees...Gardening with Physical Limitations by MG Diane Eisen - Gardening is a healthy habit for all ages, but sometimes a physical condition or sun sensitivity can affect our ability to enjoy gardening.

Learn strategies for modifying clothing, equipment, and/or the garden itself, and techniques to prevent injury. Hand-on instruction in simple ways to modify tools will be provided — so please bring your favorite small gardening implement.

Master Gardener volunteers are also available to answer questions at the Home Gardening Help Line, 257-5587. The Help Line is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Since 1992, over 1,000 community members in the Las Vegas area have taken UNCE’s comprehensive Master Gardener horticulture training course with the understanding that they are not to keep this information to themselves — that they will become the University’s unpaid ambassadors and share the science of good desert gardening with others.

For information on the Master Gardener program, contact Ann Edmunds, Program Coordinator at 257-5587 or edmundsa@unce.unr.edu

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the University—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 University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu

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