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Moana Nursery offers March seminars


(Photo): Moana Nursery offers year-round seminars.

MOANA NURSERY NEWS RELEASE – Moana Nursery offers an array of gardener and family oriented seminars this March. Who knew there were so many different varieties of ducks in Reno?  Join local birding guru and longtime  Audubon Society member Alan Gubanich for a slide show and pointers for  identifying various duck species at Moana Nursery’s “Waterfowl – Ducks for the Whole Family” on March 2, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, followed by a field trip to Virginia Lake to practice what you’ve learned. This seminar is perfect for children ages eight and up, in attendance with a parent  or grandparent.  Attendees meet in the Moana Nursery Landscape & Design Center.  Bring your binoculars and bird guides if  you have them.  If not, binoculars  will be loaned.  Free cracked corn  will be supplied.  Birdwatching is a great educational family  activity that costs virtually nothing, so this is a great way to get started.

March 9, you can learn “All About the Soil,” with Dr. Earth’s Thomas Chaplin. Thomas will show you why the key to gardening success begins with the soil, and why the soil in northern Nevada needs to be amended and fed. In addition, on March 16, the public is invited to learn another important gardening skill, irrigation, with a primer for home owners and renters. If you live in a home with an  irrigation system and haven’t a clue as to how to turn it on, much less what  comprises the system or how it works, this seminar is for you. Western Nevada Supply irrigation expert Joe Gilbert and Moana Nursery irrigation specialist Ryan Morgan will walk you through the basics, including: how to operate your system, the differences between drip and lawn irrigation, and how to determine if your system is cost effective and giving adequate coverage without  wasting water. They will also suggest who to call if you need  help or would rather have someone do it for you.

And, what lover of roses doesn’t like to learn more about caring for them? On March 23, join Diane Stortz-Lintz, horticulturist and rose specialist for the City of Reno, and Thomas Chaplin of Dr. Earth to learn when and how to prune your roses; proper techniques will be demonstrated.  Diane and Thomas will share tips for  having spectacular roses even if you’ve never grown any before. You’ll learn about the different  varieties of roses and how easy they can be when the right varieties and locations are selected, as well as what planting techniques will ensure your success.

On March 23, Moana Nursery offers another opportunity for children to experience the delights of gardening, at their “Miniature Gardening Workshop for Children.” Join us in creating tiny, enchanted  gardens in this fun, hands-on workshop. Children ages six and up will enjoy building pint-sized environments that will attract gnomes, fairies, and other magical creatures. There is a fee for this 60 minute class, which includes all materials needed to make, bring home and care for  your own wonderful, miniature garden. Class is limited to 20 children; a parent or grandparent must  accompany children. Cost is $40 per child. Payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable for no-shows.  Call 775-825-0600, or visit Moana Lane Nursery to register. 

All  seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane, in the Landscape and  Design Center across from the Nursery parking lot, unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin promptly at 10 a.m., and last one hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early, as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit www.moananursery.com or call 775-825-0600 for more information.

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