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Wendy Hanson Mazet

Wendy Hanson Mazet

Wendy, a Certified Arborist, is the Northern Area/Washoe County Horticulturist. She has expertise in horticulture, arboriculture, noxious weeds, and vegetable and low water use gardening.

As Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Wendy leads many volunteer horticulture programs including the Northern Nevada Master Gardener Program, Advanced Master Gardener Training Program, Advanced Master Gardener Greenhouse Program and Annual Master Gardener Plant Faire Extravaganza.

She also offers basic and advanced horticulture classes to arborists, green industry professionals and the general public. One of her most well-known programs is the Gardening in Nevada: Bartley Ranch Series, which offers free gardening classes at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno every February and March.

Wendy’s Contact information:

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Northern Area/Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: hansonw@unce.unr.edu

Ph: (775) 336-0246, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881
Wendy Hanson Mazet

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With snow on the mountain tops, many people are tempted to purchase new indoor plants to brighten up the home and to get that opportunity to still play in the soil, or potting mix in this case. With the holiday season upon us, local nurseries and stores have stocked up on the ever popular Christmas…

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Eight perennials that make your winter garden stand out

Winter is upon us, and we’ve put our gardens to bed. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the stillness and beauty a dormant landscape has to offer. If you include plants that hold their structure, even through frosty mornings or as the snow flies, your garden will continue to hold your interest into the…

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Bring plants indoors to beat winter blues

As the colder weather settles in and we’ve put our gardens to bed, the outdoor garden becomes a distant memory. For some, this is a time of rest after a long harvest year, but for others, we miss the beauty and tranquility of our green, leafy friends. If you are like me, you surround yourself…

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The holiday season is fast approaching. Many of you have already started counting down the days to the big holidays. If you are like me, you might be stumped by what to purchase for your family and friends, and by where to find your gifts. Why not try something new this year and check out…

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Look for QWEL-certified pros for your next landscape contract

Did you know the average 2.5-person household in Nevada uses 126,000 gallons of water per year, with an average of 75 percent of that being used outdoors? This represents 38,000 gallons more than the average American household. The need for water-efficient landscapes in Nevada is nothing new. But as our population continues to grow and…

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Cold-hardy cacti

Cacti aren’t just for southern desert climates. There are many cold-hardy varieties we can grow here in our high-desert and often very cold climate. We have compiled a few varieties we know you can find at your local nursery or purchase online. Why would you want cacti? First, they are all the craze right now…

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Fall is great for adding organic matter to your garden

Melody Hefner

Melody Hefner

Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Programs: Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety
Melody Hefner

Many of us add compost and till our vegetable garden beds in the spring. This is a time-honored practice. But did you know fall is also an excellent time to add organic matter? Soils are made up of sand, silt, clay and organic matter. Good, productive soils contain 5 percent organic matter. Our native soils…

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Saving seeds from your garden is easy and free

I recently heard a fascinating story that got me excited about seed saving. After the death of her grandfather, his granddaughter went through his home. Under the floor boards, she found his army gear from when he served in the Vietnam War. Inside the front pocket of his army top, she found a small paper…

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Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension and other University programs

Do you know what University of Nevada Cooperative Extension does in your community? I find in my daily work that many people don’t know what Cooperative Extension is, or that there are Cooperative Extension offices in every county in the state. Cooperative Extension puts University research to work in in your home, workplace and community.…

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Add plants to attract hummingbirds

We often talk about pollinator gardens in reference to bees and butterflies, but hummingbirds also play an integral role in pollination of many of our native and ornamental plants. Red-colored, tubular-shaped flowers tend to be favorites for hummingbirds. When they dip their long bills into the flowers to feed on the sweet nectar, they get…

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