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Cooperative Extension and Regional Parks Department offer free gardening workshops

Posted 1/20/2012

Image of fruit trees.

Arborist Michael Janik will teach how to
grow healthy, productive fruit trees.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) and the Washoe County Department of Regional Parks and Open Space are hosting the 2012 “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” a program consisting of nine gardening classes throughout February and March. The classes will be held at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

The free classes are held every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., and address a variety of gardening issues, including sustainable landscaping, water reduction strategies and tips to producing thriving gardens. Instructors from UNCE’s Master Gardener program will direct the classes and offer their expertise.

Feb. 7: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees Master Gardener and certified arborist Michael Janik will discuss standard and espalier pruning of fruit trees, thinning fruit and pruning to restore older trees. Janik will review the basics of pruning, plant response to pruning, and methods to train and maintain an attractive and productive tree.

Feb. 14: How to Get Great Blooms Master Gardener Carol Feldman will discuss how to get great blooms and great color in order to enhance the beauty of your landscape with color. Feldman will talk about both large and petite cluster- blooms, what makes a good mix for color all season long and important cultivation habits, including pruning and fertilizing tips.

Feb. 21: Turfgrass and Trees UNCE Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet will discuss how to keep both trees and turf healthy and strong in the urban environment. Mazet will share tips on watering, fertilizing and basic management and care.

Feb. 28: Gourmet Gardening Master Gardener Whitney Lauren will discuss growing herbs in a garden, landscape and in containers. Learn what edible flowers grow well in northern Nevada’s environment and how herbs and showy edible flowers add flavor and variety to meals.

Mar. 6: Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees Master Gardener and certified arborist Michael Janik will share his expertise with growing fruits in Nevada. Janik grows over 100 varieties of apples, stone fruits and small fruits, and will discuss how to select, plant and care for fruit trees. Janik will also address the issues of climate, chill hours and soil effects, pest and disease management, and yearly maintenance for newly planted trees.

Mar. 13: Fancy Plants For Indoors Master Gardener and TMCC gardening instructor Suzanne Adams Coordinator will talk about fancy plants, which grow and flower indoors. Learn which plants do well indoors in northern Nevada and how to keep them happy and blooming. Plants include orchids, bromeliads, African violets and more.

Mar. 20: The Keys to Successful Vegetable Gardening Master Gardener Randy Robison, shares his secrets to bountiful, award-winning harvests. Learn how he produces his abundant harvests through tried-and-true techniques, offering tips on amending native soils and gardening in raised beds.

Mar. 27: Roses for Reno Master Gardener Charlene Oakes will show both experienced and inexperienced gardeners how roses can transform the appearance of their gardens. Oakes will focus on choosing and maintaining roses that are optimal for Nevada’s growing conditions. Oakes will cover a variety of topics related to rose care, including rose selection, planting and pruning, fertilizing and winterizing. There will also be a detailed slide presentation with examples of roses that have proven to thrive in Reno’s climate.

The UNCE Master Gardener program was established in 1972 to meet the rising demand for horticultural knowledge in Nevada. The Master Gardener program works to provide Nevadans with reliable, up-to-date information regarding horticultural issues and practices.

The Bartley Ranch Regional Park is located at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno. Inquiries regarding directions should be directed to 775-828-6612. More information regarding the Gardening in Nevada program can be found by contacting the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office at 775-784-4848 and at or the Master Gardener program at

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the horticulture office, 777-784-4848 or, 24 hours in advance of your participation or visit. The University of Nevada, Reno is an EEO/AA institution.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the outreach college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada — and other land-grant universities — to local communities to address critical needs. UNCE is a federal-state-county partnership with 19 statewide offices. Its more than 200 personnel -- with the help of volunteers -- conduct programs in agriculture; children, youth and families; community development; health and nutrition; horticulture; and natural resources.

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