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Garden Smarter, Garden Wiser: Find Out How


Raised beds, such as these, make gardening easier. The “Gardening Smarter as We Mature” series offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension this spring teaches how to garden more easily as the body ages.

Both Las Vegas and Reno have had tastes of spring in the last few weeks and gardening may be on your mind. It’s turned cold again so it may be a little too soon to start planting flowers or veggies, but the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is here to help you prep for spring planting with their newest class series, Gardening Smarter As We Mature. The series features ways to maintain a beautiful garden as you age, providing tips and tricks to make the whole process a little easier.

There are three classes in the series:

March 11: Understanding the biomechanics of the body’s changes as we mature; improving cardiovascular health, strength, and endurance

April 8: Using the maturing body properly, techniques and tools

May 14: Simplifying gardening life

Taught by social horticulture specialist Angela O’ Callaghan and health, nutrition, and exercise physiology specialist Anne Lindsay, the courses will cover everything from fine-tuning gross motor skills to building endurance to practical gardening applications that simplify the process, including the use of raised beds.

“Traditionally, about 65 percent of the American population participates in some form of gardening,” said Cooperative Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly, who helped research the need for the classes and organized the series. “But this population is aging, and as they age, gardening becomes more difficult. These classes will show aging gardeners easier ways to continue doing what they love.”

Classes will run from 10 a.m. to noon on the dates above and will be held at the Las Vegas branch of UNCE, 8050 Paradise Road. Interactive video will be available at the following locations:

Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, 360 Lincoln St., Caliente, 775-726-3109
Carson City Cooperative Extension, 2621 Northgate Lane, Room 12, 775-887-2252
Great Basin College, 1500 College Parkway, Griswold Hall, #31, Elko, 775-738-7291
White Pine County Cooperative Extension, 950 Campton St., Ely, 775-293-6599
Churchill County Cooperative Extension, 111 Scheckler Road, Fallon, 775-423-5121
Douglas County Cooperative Extension, 1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, 775-782-9960
East Clark County Cooperative Extension, 1897 N. Moapa Valley Blvd., Logandale, 702-397-2604
Pershing County Cooperative Extension, 810 Sixth St., Lovelock, 775-273-2923
Humboldt County Cooperative Extension, 1085 Fairgrounds Road, Winnemucca, 775-623-6304
Lyon County Cooperative Extension, 504 S. Main St., Yerington, 775-463-6541

For more information, contact JoAnne Skelly at 775-887-2252. To register, please call the location where you plan to attend.

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