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Master Gardener Says “Time for Tomatoes!” at Whole Foods Market Henderson

Posted 1/20/2012

Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Helen Brown will teach a one hour class titled “Time for Tomatoes!” at Whole Foods Market Henderson on Saturday, February 11.

To participate, visit Whole Foods Market at 100 S. Green Valley Pkwy., at 11 a.m. Helen Brown, a Master Gardener since 1997, is a local expert on growing vegetables—especially tomatoes and vine crops. Las Vegas has two tomato seasons—Spring/Early Summer and Fall/Early Winter. Now is the perfect time to start tomato seeds indoors and get a bountiful first crop before the summer temperatures stop production.

Brown, along with over 300 active Master Gardeners, is a University-trained community volunteers who shares her knowledge and desert gardening skills via community projects. Master Gardeners are experienced in successfully growing plants in the harsh (hot, dry, windy) climate of the Mojave Desert. This is an environment unfamiliar to many newcomers. By teaching what to plant and how to properly care for their landscapes or gardens, the Master Gardeners save people money—on water, soil amendments, plant materials, etc.

Since 1992 over 1,000 community members have taken the UNCE 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 more information on the Master Gardener program or the tomato class, email Ann Edmunds or call 702-257-5587.

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