About the Tour
The Washoe County Master Gardener Volunteer program is a public service and outreach program. It is participant- and donor-supported, and is offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Along with Extension’s mission is to discover, develop, disseminate, preserve and use knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of people Master Gardener volunteers fulfill this mission by bringing the University to the community. Under the program, volunteers provide community members with free practical, research-based, non-biased information about home horticulture, pest management, sustainable landscape practices and environmentally-sound gardening methods.
Master Gardeners are community members who participate in 60 hours of classroom instruction to learn advanced plant science skills from instruction by Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, Green Industry professionals and other local experts. After training, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of 50 hours a year to pass along their newly-acquired knowledge through the media, talks and workshops. They answer phone calls, send out informational materials and educate children and people of all ages on gardening.
In 2018, Washoe County Master Gardeners answered 1,348 emails, 1,000 phone calls and handed out over 3,300 information sheets related to horticulture. They also provided over 100 educational presentations and assisted over 5,000 people.
Date: August 17 -18, 2019
Time: Gardens open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Location: Various Gardens in Northern Nevada
Cost: $20 per person or $30 per couple. Children under age 12 are free.
*Ticket cost includes a full-color tour guidebook sent to ticket holders in August. Tickets are on sale now!*
Showcase Your Garden!
We are looking for fellow high desert gardeners who have created beautiful landscapes and want to inspire other gardeners in northern Nevada by showcasing your garden on this year the 2019 Northern Nevada Garden tour. The tour will take place August 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the days of the tour, we ask that you help guide guests through your garden, and share your tips for growing in northern Nevada.
The tour provides major financial support for the self-funded Washoe County Master Gardener program that provides free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans.
Contact us now to put your garden on the map for this year’s tour and share your landscape and gardening tips with the community!
Apply online at: http://bit.ly/2019GardenTourApplication or email konyshevL@unce.unr.edu for a PDF application.