2015 Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series

All classes will be held Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.

  •  February
    • 3rd: 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.
    • 10th: Pollinators for the Home Garden— Pawl Hollis, owner of Rail City Garden Center, will teach gardeners the basics of identifying and encouraging native pollinators in the garden and landscape. Learn about orchard mason bees, their unique homes and how they and other native species can help with pollination and bountiful harvests in the home landscape.
    • 17th: Selecting Appropriate Shade Plants— Rod Haulenbeek, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will discuss choosing appropriate plants to grow in low-sunlight areas. Discover how you can add variety, color and texture in shady parts of the landscape to focus attention, create habitats or hide private areas.
    • 24th: Growing Succulent Succulents— Liz Morrow, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will teach you about the vast selection of succulents you can incorporate into the landscape. She will show beautiful photos of a wide variety of well-suited plants for our area and discuss their growing conditions, care and maintenance.
    • March:
      • 3rd: 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.
      • 10th: Paying it Forward through Sustainable Gardening—Pamela Van Hoozer, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will show gardeners that choosing the path of sustainability is not as hard as one might think. Learn to plan the garden to provide sustenance and nourishment to you and your family and ensure a future for others. Discover how to leave our Earth a better place for our children through practicing the interrelated principles of natural gardening, conservation of resources, growing native, saving heirloom seeds, respecting the soil and ensuring your impact is minimal.
      • 17th: GMOs: Facts and Fallacies— Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension Horticulture Specialist, will present the facts on GMOs. Genetically modified crops and foods have sparked controversy since they first came on the market in the 1990’s. What are GMOs? Are GMOs safe for humans and our environment? Can I plant GMO seeds in my garden? Come and learn the facts about genetic modification and the current GMO crops on the market.
      • 24th: Successful Vegetable Gardening— Randy Robison, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, will teach soil preparation, composting and the reasons why crop success starts by feeding the soil.
      • 31st: 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.

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