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UNCE Master Gardener training begins February 12

Posted 1/10/2013

Classes available in Douglas County

Soon spring bulbs will break forth from cold Nevada soils. For local gardeners who thrive on the challenge of planting and caring for those bulbs and other plants in our harsh climate, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) still has some seats available in its spring Master Gardener Training Program.

Classes will be held live in Reno and via videoconference to the UNCE Douglas County office (1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, February 12 through March 28 from 1-4 p.m.

Training program classes, delivered by UNCE employees, Nevada Department of Agriculture staff and local professionals, include sessions on botany, plant care, soil management, plant identification, pruning, insects, plant diseases, turf management, fruit trees, vegetables, water-efficient landscaping, container gardening, weeds and plant problem diagnosis.

The cost for the training and all necessary materials is $195, and scholarships are available if needed.

To be accepted into the training program, future Master Gardeners Volunteers must attend the program’s orientation and complete a short 15-20 minute interview session. The orientation, held January 24, 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m., and the later interview will allow future volunteers to get to know their coordinator, Wendy Hanson Mazet, and to find out if the program fits their needs.

This program is designed to produce leaders in environmental stewardship who provide education to their communities as UNCE Master Gardener volunteers. Volunteers become certified through completion of the training program, an examination and 50 hours of volunteer service in their first year. In order to maintain certification, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of 30 hours each year.

For more information, contact UNCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet, hansonw@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0246.

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