2014 Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series

All classes are held Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The class flyer is available online.

  • February

    • 4th: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees— Michael Janik, Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will review the basics of pruning, plant response to pruning and methods to train and maintain attractive, productive trees. Learn about the art of espalier, production pruning of fruit trees, how and why to thin fruit and pruning to restore older, neglected trees.
    • 11th: Creating Backyard Habitats for Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Other Pollinators— Pamela Van Hoozer, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will teach gardeners of all levels how to design beautiful landscapes for pollinators. By understanding the needs of these beneficial visitors, growers can provide attractive garden havens to support pollinators, maximize crop production and reduce garden pests.
    • 18th: Selecting and Growing Garlic in Northern Nevada— Earstin Whitten, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will discuss growing garlic, an easy and rewarding task for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. In most of the country, garlic is planted in the fall by sowing individual cloves of “seed garlic,” but many new gardeners will try in spring. Come discover why fall is the ideal time to plant, explore the best varieties and learn how to grow garlic in raised beds from a local expert.
    • 25th: Native Plants in the Garden— Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension Horticulture Specialist, will present the benefits of incorporating native plants into the landscape. She shows beautiful photos of a wide variety of well-suited native plants for our area, and discuss their growing conditions, care and maintenance.
  • March
    • 4th: Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees— Michael Janik, Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, grows over 100 varieties of apples, stone fruits and small fruits right here in northern Nevada. He will discuss proper selection, planting and care of fruit trees; yearly maintenance requirements for new fruit trees;  climate and soil effects; as well as fruit tree pest and disease management.
    • 11th: Indoor/Outdoor Plants—Suzanne Adams, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will teach gardeners how to successfully grow zone 6-9 plants in zone 5. Learn to strategically move or otherwise protect plants from both cold and hot temperatures to enjoy the beauty of a wider variety of landscape plants.
    • 18th: Trees and Turf, Creating Healthy Landscapes— Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program 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.
    • 25th: Successful Vegetable Gardening— Randy Robison, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, knows the secrets to bountiful, award-winning harvests. Learn how he produces abundant crops through tried-and-true techniques. He’ll share tips on improving garden soil, crop rotation, companion planting and gardening in raised beds.

To view information on past Gardening in Nevada programs, visit the program pages below.