Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series are free classes cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. These classes are held yearly in February and March at Bartley Ranch (600 Bartley Ranch Rd.) in Reno. Taught by Certified Master Gardener volunteers and UNCE horticulture experts, these classes are a must-attend for Nevada gardeners. Class topics vary by year according to the needs of the local community.
2012 Class Schedule:
- 7th: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees — Michael Janik, Master Gardener, will discuss espalier and production pruning of fruit trees, how to thin fruit and tips on pruning to restore older trees. He will review the basics of pruning, plant response to pruning and methods to train and maintain an attractive and productive tree.
- 14th: How to Get Great Blooms – Carol Feldman, Master Gardener, will discuss how to get great blooms and great color. Come hear about what makes flowers bloom and how to enhance the beauty of your landscape with color. We’ll talk about the big bloomers, the petite cluster-blooms and what makes a good mix for color all season long. We’ll cover important cultivation habits, including pruning and fertilizing tips.
- 21st: Turfgrass and Trees – Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, will discuss how to keep both trees and turf healthy and strong in the urban environment. She will share tips on watering, fertilizing and basic management and care.
- 28th: Gourmet Gardening – Whitney Lauren, Master Gardener, will discuss growing herbs in your garden, landscape and in containers. Learn what edible flowers grow well in our northern Nevada environment and how herbs and showy edible flowers add flavor and variety to meals.
- 6th: Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees — Michael Janik, Master Gardener, grows over 100 varieties of apples, stone fruits and small fruits. He will discuss the importance of proper selection, planting and care of fruit trees in northern Nevada. He will also cover climate and soil effects, pest and disease management and yearly maintenance requirements for newly planted trees.
- 13th: Fancy Plants For Indoors — Suzanne Adams, Master Gardener and TMCC gardening instructor, will talk about fancy plants which grow and flower indoors. Come learn which plants do well indoors here in northern Nevada and how to keep them happy and blooming. Plants include orchids, bromeliads, Africa violets and more!
- 20th: The Keys to Successful Vegetable Gardening – Randy Robison, Master Gardener, knows the secrets to bountiful, award-winning harvests. Learn how he produces his abundant harvests through tried-and-true techniques. He’ll share tips on amending your native soil and gardening in raised beds.
- 27th: Roses for Reno – Charlene Oakes, Master Gardener, shows gardeners, experienced or not, how roses can transform any garden. The focus is on choosing and maintaining roses that are best suited to the challenges of Reno’s growing conditions. This presentation will include all facets of rose care, from selection, to planting and pruning, fertilizing, and winterizing. There will be a detailed slide presentation with examples of roses that thrive in Reno’s climate.