A dozen years of gardening workshops
Cooperative Extension and the City of Henderson are great gardening partners
Master Gardener volunteers have been educating local homeowners on the what, where, when, why and how’s of productive landscapes and gardens in the Mojave Desert since 2003. Throughout the 12 years, the City of Henderson’s Acacia Park has been a constant partner offering their facility to host these free workshops held on Saturday’s in the spring and fall.
“It amazes me each week,” explained Master Gardener Loretta Oakes, “how many individuals give up their Saturday morning to attend.” The largest workshop attendance since Oakes has been chair has been 46. The instructor was Master Gardener Don Fabbi and the topic was growing cool season vegetables.
“Approximately ten workshops are offered during the spring and fall,” added Oakes. Each workshop offers Master Gardener speakers who focus on tips for individuals who garden at their home. People from every corner of the valley attend.
Topics range from birds, butterflies and bees; to getting your garden ready for fall; to gardening with physical limitations.
“The community loves the topics and the workshops,” commented Chuck Ashby, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor for the City of Henderson. During the three years overseeing the Henderson Parks, he finds the Master Gardeners knowledgeable and easy to work with.
“The most common comment from the residents,” said Ashby “is ‘when will the next class be held’.”
When asked about an unusual person/request, Oakes said a couple from Pahrump attended every workshop for eight weeks and brought product that they grew in their gardens to give away.
Oakes found her niche with Acacia Park. Other areas she has volunteered since she became a certified Master Gardener includes the Junior Master Gardener program, camera crew, Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.
For more information about the gardening workshops, or if you have a gardening question, please email or call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555. Volunteer Master Gardeners staff the desk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.