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Less Painful Gardening in Nevada
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Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Kathy Williams
Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Kathy Williams takes a less painful approach to gardening. Extension offers a class on gardening safety and best practices. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their Certified Master Gardeners offer free gardening classes in February and March. “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series” is for anyone who wants to garden – those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space. The classes, offered in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, run 6 - 8 p.m., every Tuesday, 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, anyone interested in gardening and landscaping has 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. Some classes offer International Society of Arboriculture continuing education credits.

The next class will be held:

March 13: Choosing the right tomato for you – Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Pamela Van Hoozer will explain how to custom pick tomatoes for your garden.

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 the Cooperative Extension at