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University demonstration gardens open to the public

Posted 10/1/2015

Demonstration Garden

Over 1,000 identified plants in demo garden

Desert landscaping means a lot more than just cactus! When visiting University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Demonstration and Test Gardens, you will be amazed to see over 1,000 different identified species of plants, trees and palms that flourish in the desert southwest.

All the plants throughout the demonstration gardens are identified with bright blue and white plaques noting their Botanic and common name. In the gardens, you will find plants from Abelia x grandiflora, Glossy Abelia, to Zephyranthes x Zodiac Surprise, Rain Lily, and hundreds in between. The gardens also house a rose, cactus, herb and children’s demonstration areas.

Demonstration Garden

Fall is a beautiful time to tour the Demonstration and Test Gardens. They are maintained by Cooperative Extension staff and University trained Master Gardener volunteers. The gardens surround the entire Cooperative Extension campus that is located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. The Gardens are open to the public weekdays for self-guided tours. Guided tours are offered by the Master Gardeners every Friday at 10 a.m. In addition, special Saturday tours are offered in the fall and spring. Call the Help Desk at 702-257-5555 for the topics and dates.

An alphabetical listing is available online for the plants, trees and palms found in the gardens or at the Master Gardener Help Desk. The Help Desk, also located at 8050 Paradise Rd., is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Along with the Demonstration and Test Gardens, Master Gardeners teach, assist and work with partners on a variety of community projects across the Las Vegas valley. Projects are on-going at locations throughout the valley, including: Acacia Park; the Doolittle, Heritage and Provident Senior Center Community Gardens; Tivoli Farmers Market; the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard; and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove. Additional program information is available online.

Demonstration Garden

Master Gardener volunteers are also available to answer questions via email or by calling the Home Gardening Help Line at 702-257-5555.

Demonstration Garden

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