Carson Valley FFA hosts plant sale at Douglas High

Mystery and other breeds of tomato on sale at Saturday’s Heritage Park Gardens annual plant sale.

Mystery and other breeds of tomato on sale at Saturday’s Heritage Park Gardens annual plant sale.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

Last weekend, I was out of town and missed both the Heritage Park Gardens’ annual Plant Faire and the UNR Extension Native Plant Sale at the River Fork Ranch in Genoa. Fortunately, another local plant-purchasing opportunity takes place this weekend and next with the Carson Valley FFA sale at the Douglas High School Greenhouse, 1670 Hwy 88 in Minden.

A selection of plants cultivated by Agricultural Science students at DHS will be available. The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 25 and 26 and June 1 and 2, and payment must be made by check or cash.

As a Career and Technical Student Organization, FFA supports student development in leadership and career readiness skills and helps foster personal growth. This annual sale helps sustain the DHS agricultural program and is completely planned, organized, and run by students.

Carson Valley FFA was chartered into the DHS Agriculture program back in 1929, making it the longest continuous running FFA chapter in the state of Nevada.

Questions about the sale can be directed to or 775-782-5136.

Learn about gardening from the Masters

There’s plenty of gardening goodness going on at Heritage Park Gardens all throughout the growing season. Swing by the gardens, 1461 Ezell St. in Gardnerville, this evening and on most Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for free Q+A sessions with Douglas County Master Gardeners. Topics vary week to week, and sessions are structured around a 30-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion.

HPG Q+A sessions are held weekly through early October but will not be held during Wind Down Wednesdays at Heritage Park. Those dates are 4-8 p.m. June 26, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, and Oct. 23 from                 

A community garden open to all, HPG is a project of Main Street Gardnerville ( and is made possible through volunteer efforts and donations.

Master Gardener information session at the library

Anyone interested in learning more about the UNR Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is invited to an informational session hosted by UNR Extension Horticulture Outreach Coordinator and Master Gardener Coordinator Jessica Gardner at the Douglas County Public Library Minden Branch on June 8.

From 1-2 p.m., Gardner will give a presentation on how to become a Master Gardener volunteer, when to register, current projects and programs, and more. All are welcome, including children accompanied by an adult.

The Minden Library is located at 1625 Library Lane. Connect with the Douglas County Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube,, or call 775-782-9841.

Fun bubbling up at the museum

Mark your calendars for the June 1 Family Fun Day at the Carson Valley Museum at Cultural Center, 1477 Old US Hwy 395 N in Gardnerville. This month’s activity welcomes the summer season with perennial favorite “Giant Bubbles on the Green” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Meet on the front lawn of the museum to join Douglas County Historical Society staff in crafting giant bubbles and to take part in the bubble chase game. At 11 a.m., the 4-H Herpetology Cold Blooded Critters Club showcases a number of reptiles and amphibians and will present information including proper handling, habitat, and biology of these creatures. DCHS Young Chautauquans will perform starting at 1 p.m.

Family Fun Days are held the first Saturday of the month (except July) at CVMCC. During Family Fun Days, museum admission and events are free. Throughout 2024, each Family Fun Day visit earns attendees and chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the CVMCC bookstore. A drawing will be held in November to determine the winner.

For more information about this and other upcoming events at CVMCC, visit

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