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Master Gardener training classes available in Douglas County

R-C file photoJoanne Skelly, UNR Cooperative Extension educator, and Loretta Low, master gardener, gave a free seminar at Greenhouse Garden Center in 2011 on the importance of identifying and preventing bark beetles. Training classes to become a master gardener are 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 12-March 28 at the Douglas County Cooperative Extension.

Soon spring bulbs will break forth from cold Nevada soils. For local gardeners who thrive on the challenge of planting and caring for those bulbs and other plants in our harsh climate, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) still has some seats available in its spring Master Gardener Training Program.

Classes will be held via videoconference to the UNCE Douglas County office, 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville, 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 12 through March 28.

Training program classes, delivered by UNCE employees, Nevada Department of Agriculture staff and local professionals, include sessions on botany, plant care, soil management, plant identification, pruning, insects, plant diseases, turf management, fruit trees, vegetables, water-efficient landscaping, container gardening, weeds and plant problem diagnosis.

The cost for the training and all necessary materials is $195, and scholarships are available if needed.

To be accepted into the training program, future Master Gardeners volunteers must attend the program’s orientation 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, and complete a short 15-20 minute interview session. A later interview will allow future volunteers to get to know their coordinator, Wendy Hanson Mazet, and to find out if the program fits their needs.

This program is designed to produce leaders in environmental stewardship who provide education to their communities as UNCE Master Gardener volunteers. Volunteers become certified through completion of the training program, an examination and 50 hours of volunteer service in their first year. In order to maintain certification, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of 30 hours each year.

For more information, contact UNCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet at hansonw@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0246.

Cooperative Extension is the college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada to local communities to address important issues. Faculty and staff reached hundreds of thousands of Nevada citizens last year with research-based information on agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, health and nutrition, community development and children, youth and families.

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s oldest land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno has more than 16,000 students and four campuses with Cooperative Extension educational programs in all Nevada counties. It is ranked as one of the country’s top 150 research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation, and is home to America’s sixth-largest study abroad program, as well as the state’s oldest and largest medical school.