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Three desert gardening classes scheduled

Posted 7/21/2014

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Howard Galin will teach a class titled “A Proactive Approach to Desert Gardening” at the Gibson Library on August 2, the Green Valley Library on August 9 and again at Paseo Verde Library on August 23. All workshops are from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The workshops will cover the special steps needed for a successful desert environment in your home garden. Topics include: the desert bioscope; soils; irrigation; plant, tree and shrub identity and care.

The events are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Register at www.mypubliclibrary.com or call the Gibson Library at 702-565-8402 x5 for the August 2 class; Green Valley Library at 702-207-4261 for the August 9 class; or the Paseo Verde Library at 702-492-6580 for the August 23 class.

Galin, a Master Gardener since 2010, has contributed over 280 volunteer hours in the valley. Galin, along with over 300 active Master Gardeners, is a University-trained community volunteer who shares his 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 1,200 community members have taken the 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 gardening questions, email or call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.

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