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Cooperative Extension holding Master Gardener classes

Posted 1/18/2012

University of Cooperative Extension (UNCE) is launching its spring Master Gardener classes for northern Nevada with three orientation sessions Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

Anyone who is signing up for the Master Gardener classes, which begin March 5 and run until May 1 must attend one of the orientation sessions. The location and schedule for the orientations are as follows:

  • Carson City: 9-11 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Carson City Cooperative Extension office, 2621 Northgate Lane, Ste. 12.
  • Washoe County: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31 at Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way, Reno
  • Douglas County: 9-11 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Douglas County Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville

Master Gardener classes will meet every Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon starting March 5. Each session will be video-conferenced from the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office to Douglas and Carson City offices. Classes will cover botany, plant care, soil management, plant identification, pruning, insects, plant diseases, turf management, fruit trees, vegetables, water-efficient landscaping, container gardening, weed management and plant-problem diagnosis.

Every Master Gardener class is taught by UNCE employees, Nevada Department of Agriculture specialists and highly skilled local professionals.

Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet said those who successfully complete the classes and pass an open-book test can earn their Master Gardener certification by contributing at least 50 volunteer hours in the following year. Master Gardener candidates complete their volunteer hours by answering gardening questions posted on the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener hotline; conducting plant clinics; staffing booths at fairs and other events; and consulting at school and community gardens. In order to maintain certification, Master Gardeners must volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per year.

"Once a Master Gardener receives certification, he or she becomes a steward of the community," Mazet said. "Master Gardeners become these rich sources of knowledge, passing on their skills to friends, neighbors and other gardeners. It’s a reward both for the individual and the community."

Please call early to reserve your seat for the Master Gardener classes. Anyone interested in the program must attend the orientation. Details: Mazet at (775) 336-0246.

The fee for the training and all necessary materials is $185.

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