Although landscapes are snowy, walkways are icy and winter winds bite anyone who ventures outside now, spring is not far away. To help Nevada gardeners and landscapers grow great gardens and luscious landscapes this year, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and its partners will offer several educational programs. Classes are varied and range from free to low-cost, from focused on the home gardener to crafted for the industry professional and from locally-presented to broadcasted via videoconference statewide.
First on the calendar is Gardening in Nevada: Bartley Ranch. This Master Gardener Miniseries, offered in collaboration with Washoe County, will be held Tuesdays in February and March from 6-8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno. Classes are free, focused on the home gardener and feature information on backyard habitats, designing water efficient landscapes with native plants and gardening with heirlooms. Registration is not necessary, but seating is limited so arrive early. For more information, visit www.growyourownnevada.com.
Next up is Green Industry Training. This program, offered in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, February 9 through March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The series will present entry-level classes in topics designed to meet the needs of our area’s landscapers, nursery workers, arborists and pesticide applicators. Classes are $15 each, include continuing education units and will be held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno. Discounts for full course and group registrants are available. To sign up, visit www.growyourownnevada.com.
Another industry-focused educational opportunity is The Nevada Landscape Association’s Trade Show & Conference, held Thursday, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. This event, offered in collaboration with Cooperative Extension, features four conference tracks and 24 seminar opportunities. Continuing education units will be provided. Registration is $85-95, and company discounts are available. To register, visit www.nevadanla.com.
Last but not least is the statewide backyard gardening and small-scale food production program “Grow Your Own, Nevada!” Classes, useful for home gardeners and industry professionals alike, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 3-26, from 6-8 p.m. The series will be presented live from the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno and via videoconference statewide. Reno course fees are $15 per class or $60 for all eight classes. Fees in other locations vary. Contact your nearest Cooperative Extension office for more information, or visit www.growyourownnevada.com.
Missing from this list is our Master Gardener Training program. Master Gardener classes in Washoe and Douglas Counties will not be held this year. Instead, we are updating and strengthening our existing program, and we are creating a new online program. Join our email list at www.growyourownnevada.com to be notified about all of our horticulture programs, including our 2017 Master Gardener Training program.
Ashley Andrews is the Horticulture Assistant with Cooperative Extension. For questions about the Master Gardener program, email the coordinator, Wendy Hanson Mazet, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general horticulture questions, contact the master gardeners at 775-336-0265 or email@example.com, or visit www.growyourownnevada.com. For information on drought, visit www.livingwithdrought.com.