Registration Date Set for Spring 2012 Master Gardener Training Program
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will hold information and registration sessions for the upcoming Spring 2012 Master Gardener Training on Friday, December 16, 2011 and Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. The Master Gardener volunteer program is open to all adults who accept the training and volunteer commitments. Individuals do not need a horticulture background — only an interest in gardening and a desire to share what you’ve learned with the community.
Spring semester classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) beginning March 12, 2012. There are twenty classes.
The Master Gardener program teaches sustainable 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 80 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year.
Volunteer projects are on-going at 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 Nellis AFB Environmental Grove.
At the information/registration UNCE Horticulture staff will detail the training program requirements, volunteer commitment and Master Gardener community projects. A $150 cost-recovery fee covers all class materials including three textbooks, MG badge, shirt, tote and some refreshments. Completed registrations (applications with cash or check payable to Board of Regents) will secure enrollment and are accepted on a “first-come” basis at the Information/ Registration session. Reservations may be made by calling Mary Bertsch, Program Assistant, at 702-257-5501 or email.