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Master Gardeners offer free workshops at Bartley Ranch Regional Park



Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension present a series of free workshops aimed at helping you to become a better gardener. “Gardening in Nevada” programs will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in February and March to provide information and answer general horticulture questions for northern Nevada gardeners.

The first workshop will discuss growing fruit trees in Nevada. If your fruit tree is not as productive as you would like, this free workshop presented by Master Gardener Michael Janik at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, will discuss how to prune and train your fruit trees to maximize their production and keep them looking good. He will also discuss how to restore older trees.

Janik is a local expert well-equipped to answer all of your fruit-growing questions. Not only does he have his Master Gardener training from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, he has put his training and additional research to work, growing more than 100 apple varieties in his 4,000 square-foot orchard. He also grows several cherry, plum, peach and nectarine trees; as well as currants, grapes, elderberries, raspberries, and hops. He is accomplished at grafting and specializes in growing espalier fruit trees, which are trained to grow flat up against a trellis or lattice.

Future workshop topics include:

February 9:                Rose Care and Selection 101

February 16:              Raising Small Livestock in an Urban Environment

February 23:              Understanding Proper Tree Care;

March 2:                     Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees;

March 9:                     Gardening “A Roll Of The Dice”;

March 16:                   It’s All in the Family;

March 23:                   The Keys to Successful Vegetable Gardening

March 30:                   Open Question Night.

“Gardening in Nevada” is cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. For more information, call University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 784-4848. You can also “Ask a Master Gardener” by e-mailing [email protected].

 The Master Gardener program, as part of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, trains local gardeners and works with them to disseminate safe, effective gardening information to their communities.

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