Research Center & Demonstration Orchard
The Research Center and Demonstration Orchard has been a cooperative effort between University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and University of Nevada, Las Vegas for over 20 years. The main emphasis has always been on water conservation in the Mojave Desert. From the very beginning, deciduous fruit trees, wine and table grapes, and various kinds of vegetables have been grown and tested for their ability to survive and produce under desert conditions.
The Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas and contains over 800 fruit trees and grape vines, vegetables and other row crops. The goal of this facility is to research new varieties of fruit producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways. It is also a place where hands-on training/teaching opportunities can be held for home owners and commercial clientele.
In recent years, test areas of hops and drought tolerant wine grape root stocks have been added. The facility is maintained with the help of Master Gardeners and community volunteers. Throughout the year, hands-on classes are taught to the public. These classes vary from hands-on pruning of fruit trees and grape vines, picking the right fruit tree, irrigation, water conservation through organic mulching and compost making, etc. The fruits and vegetables produced are obtained by commercial chefs for testing with excess given to charitable organizations for feeding the hungry. The Center is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8 to 12 except for major holidays. For more information contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.
Carson City Community Garden
The Community Garden began in 2001 and allows community members who don’t have room for a vegetable garden to rent a 4-by-16-foot garden bed for $20 a season at a 25-bed garden complex on Beverly Drive east of the cemetery. The price includes water, soil preparation, some seeds and fertilizer.
Commercial Landscape Horticulture
Community Beautification through Horticulture
Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training
Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one UNCE representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period. A committee of industry representative reviews evaluations from the previous year to decide future educational direction and topics. During the evaluation process, the program is reviewed, modified and revised according to the needs of the clientele. As part of the marketing of this program, two articles citing the importance of Desert Green appear in regional trade publications.
Food for Thoughts, School Garden
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Food for Thoughts Program offers children an alternative site for learning, promotes awareness of the desert environment, demonstrates the geographic sources of their food, and encourages healthy eating and activities.
Green Industry Training Programs of Northern Nevada
Green Industry Training (GIT) and Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES) are cost- and time-efficient approaches to serving the Green Industries of northern Nevada, including nursery workers, landscapers, arborists, irrigation and lawn care professionals. The Green Industry Training program begins in late winter with eight three-hour sessions of entry-level training for new industry workers, for those desiring to work in the industry and for existing industry professionals desiring a skills "tune-up." After "basic training," industry members are invited to monthly continuing education opportunities — one hour per month over the noon hour — to hone and improve their skills.
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Healing gardens in Las Vegas
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension healing gardens essentially become outdoor sanctuaries for people who are hospitalized as well as their families and the staff that works with them.
Master Gardeners in Nevada
Nevada Desert Bioscape
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the Green Industry of southern Nevada. This program utilizes the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the companies and municipalities because correct practices are being implemented. Students that are planning to or are now taking other classes to improve their job skills are being surveyed.
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)