Extension Gardener Program educates future Master Gardeners
Cooperative Extension offers classes for participants wanting to become a volunteer Master Gardener
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their certified Master Gardeners are teaching the Extension Gardener Program for southern Nevada in Pahrump the last two weekends in April. This program offers the first step to becoming a full volunteer Master Gardener. It is offered to a limited number of candidates who would like to learn more about gardening in the Mohave Desert.
Classes will be taught by Professor M.L. Robinson. This four-day course will cover topics such as:
- Desert bioscape, soil and compost
- Irrigation and integrated pest management
- Vegetables and other annuals propagation
- Tree care, pruning and planting, and native plants
“This is a four-day intensive gardening training where the main goal is to prepare participants to start learning and working with our Master Gardeners” said Robinson. “This is a trial program, so I am very excited to see how these courses might benefit gardening and home landscape care in Pahrump.”
Students who complete the four-day course and also volunteer 30 hours with the local Cooperative Extension office by Sept. 1 will be invited to complete the Master Gardener course in the fall at no additional cost. These classes and volunteer hours will count toward full Master Gardener certification.
The classes will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at the Southern Nye County Cooperative Extension Office, 1651 E. Calvada Blvd. in Pahrump. The cost is $50 and includes books, publications and class materials. Registration can be done online at the registration website. For more information, contact Lori Leas at 702-257-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.