Individuals wanting a deeper understanding of the science behind backyard gardening in northern Nevada are invited to attend University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's new Home Horticulture Certificate Program, provided by Extension's Master Gardeners in Washoe County. Participants will learn from Extension faculty and staff, and from experienced horticulturalists. The new series is also the introductory course for those who want to become Master Gardener volunteers for Washoe County.
Learning the science
"This series is great for those who are new to northern Nevada, interested in learning more about the science of gardening and want to apply science-based knowledge to their own projects," said Northern Nevada Master Gardener Coordinator Leilani Konyshev.
The classes are 12:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 27-Sept. 19, with the certification exam 12:30-3:30 p.m., Sept. 24. The cost is $135 and includes course materials and supplies, refreshments and technology fees. Register online at the registration web page, or by contacting Konyshev at 775-336-0274 or konyshevL@unce.unr.edu.
Teaching the science
For those wanting to not just learn the science but also provide research-based horticulture information and programs to the community, Cooperative Extension also offers the Master Gardener Training Program, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 14. Individuals wanting to enroll in the program must submit their applications to Konyshev by Aug. 20, complete the Home Horticulture Certification Program and pass the exam, and complete an interview. To apply, print and mail the application available at the Master Gardener Program website.
The cost for the additional training, due after being accepted into the program, is $265 and includes books, handouts, refreshments, events, course materials and supplies, technology fees, program supplies, fingerprinting, awards, certificates, a name badge, a tote bag, a t-shirt, and a reusable water bottle. Applicants will become full Master Gardener volunteers after completing the additional training, passing an exam and providing an initial 40 hours of community service and 30 hours each year to maintain an active volunteer status. Cooperative Extension offers ongoing educational and community service opportunities to help Master Gardeners maintain certification.
All classes take place at the Cooperative Extension office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno. For more information, contact Konyshev at 775-336-0274 or konyshevL@unce.unr.edu. Persons in need of special assistance should call at least three days prior to the event.