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Gardening in Nevada class discusses growing succulents outdoors

Posted 2/6/2019

succulent plants growing outside

Cooperative Extension offers "Growing Succulents Outdoors" Feb. 26 as part of the Gardening in Nevada series. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension.

University teams up with Washoe Parks and Bartley Ranch to offer free series

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their certified Master Gardeners offer “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series.” The series is for anyone who wants to garden — those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space. These classes, offered in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, are free and run 6-8 p.m., every Tuesday, Feb. 5-March 26, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

“Northern Nevada has an ever-changing, unpredictable climate,” Cooperative Extension Horticulturalist and Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet said. “Learning to grow plants successfully here can be a challenge. Through this series, anyone interested in gardening and landscaping can learn from Master Gardeners and other successful Nevada gardeners who have decades of experience gardening here.”

The classes are taught by Cooperative Extension horticulturists, experts and certified Master Gardener volunteers, as well as local business owners. International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units have been requested for some classes. The next three classes are:

  • Feb. 12: Growing Succulents Outdoors — Liz Morrow, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will discuss how to select and grow succulents outdoors in cold environments.
  • Feb. 19: Plants and Pollinators in Nevada — Kevin Burls, Cooperative Extension integrated pest management educator, will review native bee biology and ecology, and will share how gardeners can create pollinator habitats and help conserve local pollinator populations.
  • Feb. 26: Nuisance Weeds Identification and Control — Melody Hefner, urban integrated pest management and pesticide safety education coordinator, will discuss the differences between noxious and nuisance weeds; how to identify these common weeds in the Truckee Meadows; and control methods, including prevention, cultural controls, mechanical controls and lower-risk chemical controls.

For more information on “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” or for general horticultural inquiries, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 775-784-4848 or, or visit the Cooperative Extension website. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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