Gardening in Nevada: the Bartley Ranch Series

Must-attend classes for Northern Nevada gardeners.

Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series are free classes cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Washoe County and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Taught by Certified Master Gardener volunteers and Cooperative Extension horticulture experts.


Feb. 5: Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees — Michael Janik, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer and certified arborist, will discuss fruit tree varieties for northern Nevada and their needs, including soil, USDA zones and chill hours, watering and pest control. Janik will list fruit varieties he has grown and currently growing to determine suitability for our climate.

Feb. 12: Growing Succulents Outdoors — Liz Morrow, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will discuss how to select and grow succulents outdoors in cold environments.

Feb. 19: Plants and Pollinators in Nevada — Kevin Burls, Cooperative Extension integrated pest management educator, will review native bee biology and ecology, and will share how gardeners can create pollinator habitats and help conserve local pollinator populations.

Feb. 26: Nuisance Weeds Identification and Control — Melody Hefner, urban integrated pest management and pesticide safety education coordinator, will discuss the differences between noxious and nuisance weeds; how to identify these common weeds in the Truckee Meadows; and control methods, including prevention, cultural controls, mechanical controls and lower-risk chemical controls.

March 5: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees — Michael Janik, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer and certified arborist, will present fruit tree pruning basics, how trees respond to pruning, size control using appropriate rootstocks, how proper early training will reduce the need for pruning as the tree matures, and when to prune. He will give step-by-step instructions for training fruit trees as central leaders, open center and espaliers. International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units have been requested for this class.

March 12: Nevada Soils and Vermicomposting — Billie Shea, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will discuss some of the extreme soil conditions in Nevada, several ways to improve plant health and vegetable garden yields, and alternative ways to planting in the ground. She will also demonstrate how to construct a low-cost worm habitat and ways to recycle vegetable and garden scraps to feed your worm population.

March 19: Grow Anywhere Container Gardening — Joan Anglin and Sherry Ruth, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, will discuss the ins and outs of creating containers from readily available materials, and growing food and flowers on a balcony or in a driveway. They will demonstrate how self-watering containers with a simple drip system can make gardening easier.

March 26: Successful Vegetable Gardening — Randy Robison, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will share his secrets to harvesting abundant, award-winning produce from raised garden beds in our high-desert climate, including how to amend soil to help plants, crop rotation strategies to increase yields, and companion planting to discourage pests.

For more information on “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” or for general horticultural inquiries, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 775-784-4848 or, or visit Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 to 8:00 pm

Bartley Ranch Regional Park 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd.

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