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UNCE offers new series ‘Gardening in Nevada’

Learn how to attract native pollinators at Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Photo courtesy of Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their Certified Master Gardeners offer “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series.” The series is for anyone who wants to garden – those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space. These classes, offered in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, are free and run 6 – 8 p.m., every Tuesday, Feb. 21 – March 28, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

“Northern Nevada has an ever-changing, unpredictable climate,” Cooperative Extension Horticulturalist and Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet said. “Learning to grow plants successfully here can be a challenge. Through this series, small-estate owners and anyone interested in gardening and landscaping have the chance to learn from Master Gardeners and other successful Nevada gardeners who have decades of experience gardening here.”

The classes are taught by Cooperative Extension horticulturists, experts and certified Master Gardener volunteers, as well as local business owners. The next three classes are:

Feb. 21: Attracting Native Pollinators – Rail City Garden Center Owner Pawl Hollis teaches the basics of identifying, attracting and housing a diverse array of native pollinators in the garden and landscape.

Feb. 28: Be Ember Aware – Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Specialist and Living With Fire Program Coordinator Ed Smith discusses home and landscape features vulnerable to embers.

March 7: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees — Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik discusses the basics of fruit tree pruning, pruning to maximize production and the art of espalier (training fruit trees to grow on trellises or against a flat surface).

For more information on the Gardening in Nevada presentations or for general horticultural inquiries, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 775-784-4848 or mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu, or visit http://www.unce.unr.edu. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.