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Master Gardener honored for 20,000 volunteer hours

Posted 12/12/2013

Ann Edmunds, Richard Leifried and Angela O’Callaghan

Left to right: Ann Edmunds, Master Gardener
Coordinator; Richard Leifried; Dr. Angela
O’Callaghan, Social Horticulture Specialist

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Richard Leifried was honored for contributing over 20,000 volunteer hours on Master Gardener projects. Richard has been a Master Gardener in the Las Vegas program since 1994. He volunteers regularly on the Home Gardening Help Line and helps organize the monthly membership meetings.

Leifried was instrumental in bringing the International Master Gardener Conference to Las Vegas in 2009, and has worked on numerous community projects throughout his volunteer "career," including at Old Mormon Fort, Red Rock, Spring Mountain Ranch, Desert Green and Winchester Park.

The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada salute Richard Leifried for his generosity and commitment to the community!

Master Gardeners are University-trained community volunteers who share their 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 1200 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. An average of 300 volunteers remains active in the program each year.

The Master Gardener volunteer commitment is for a minimum of 50 hours annually on community service projects. In 2011 Master Gardeners in Las Vegas contributed 33,900 volunteer hours—valued at $724,104. The Master Gardener Home Gardening Help Line (702-257-5555) is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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