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Extension offers home horticulture course online


University of Nevada, Reno’s Extension is working to bring more of its gardening classes online, and in August launches a virtual Home Horticulture Certificate Program. The program is led by Extension’s master gardeners and will give gardeners a deeper understanding of how to care for their plants in northern Nevada’s environment.

“This series prepares those who think they may want to enroll in the Master Gardener training program and become a Master Gardener volunteer,” said Rachel McClure, Master Gardener coordinator for Washoe County. “But, it’s also just a great course for those not interested in volunteering, but who want a deeper understanding of the basics to care for their own landscape.”

The science-based information covers topics including native plants, turf and grasses, soils, pests and water efficiency. The ten sessions are held via Zoom from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 17 – Sept. 16. Two orientation sessions are scheduled for July 15 and Aug. 3.

The program costs $185 and includes all materials. Participants must attend all of the sessions to earn the Home Horticulture Certificate.

Registration and session details

Space is limited. Preregister before Aug. 6 online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-home-horticulture-certificate-program-tickets-161536432819 or by emailing McClure at [email protected].

Registration is required for either of the online orientations.

Class schedule

  • Aug. 17: Lay of the Land & Plants of the Nevada Landscape
  • Aug. 19: Native Plants
  • Aug. 24: Water Efficiency in the Landscape
  • Aug. 26: Turf & Landscape Grasses
  • Aug. 31: Gardening in Nevada Soils
  • Sept. 2: Potting Media & Container Gardening
  • Sept. 7: Critters & Nuisance Pests
  • Sept. 9: Integrated Pest Management & Lower Risk Pest Control
  • Sept. 14: Q & A
  • Sept. 16: Testing for Home Horticulture

Source: UNR Extension

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