For those wanting to tune up their landscaping skills or who may be interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, it’s time to sign up for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program, offered online, Aug. 4 – Sept. 29, by University of Nevada, Reno Extension.
Various topics will be discussed, such as soils and plant nutrients, composting, native plants, small fruits, and integrated pest management. The cost is $275, and includes recorded lectures, readings, homework and online question-and-answer sessions with specialists and local gardening professionals. The online sessions will take place via Zoom every Thursday, noon – 1 p.m. The program will conclude with a final exam.
“We developed these programs to be accessible in every county in Nevada by moving them online.” Katelyn Brinkerhoff, statewide Master Gardener coordinator, said. “The training now includes materials, lectures and live sessions that will be available virtually, and will be applicable to anyone wanting to start or learn more about gardening in the state.”
Besides the program being solid training for those just wanting to brush up on their horticulture knowledge to tend to their own landscapes and gardens, the Home Horticulture Certificate Program is also a prerequisite for those wanting to continue training to become a certified Master Gardener of Nevada.
Master Gardeners receive more in-depth training, and volunteer their time to provide horticulture and gardening information to others and enrich the horticultural life of their communities. After completing their first year, Master Gardeners have a yearly commitment of 10 hours of continuing education and 20 volunteer hours wherever their knowledge and skills best fit community needs, including answering telephone and email inquiries, staffing booths at fairs and home shows, conducting educational presentations, and consulting at school and community gardens.
Application for the Master Gardener Training Program will open after participants pass the Home Horticulture Certification Program final exam. The training will cost $25 and will run Oct. 27 to Dec. 8. The readings, lectures and live question-and-answer sessions will take place online, while county-specific in-person activities may also be added to the schedule.
For more information on classes, email Brinkerhoff. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call or notify Paul Lessick, civil rights and compliance coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-257-5577 at least three days prior to the scheduled event.