For those looking to hone their landscaping skills or who might be interested in becoming a volunteer master gardener, now is the time to enroll in the Home Horticulture Certificate Program., offered online, August 4 through September 29, by the University of Nevada, Reno Extension.
Various topics will be covered, such as soils and plant nutrients, composting, native plants, berries, and integrated pest management. The cost is $275 and includes recorded lectures, readings, assignments, and online Q&A sessions with local gardening experts and professionals. Online sessions will take place via Zoom every Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The program will end with a final exam.
“We’ve expanded these programs to be available in every county in Nevada by putting them online.” Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator Katelyn Brinkerhoff said. “The training now includes materials, lectures and live sessions that will be available virtually and applicable to anyone looking to start or learn more about gardening in the state.”
Apart from the program being a solid education for those who simply wish to expand their knowledge of horticulture to tend to their own landscapes and gardens, the Home Horticulture Certificate Program is also a prerequisite for those wishing to continue their education. to become a Certified Nevada Master Gardener.
Master gardeners receive further training and volunteer their time to provide information about horticulture and gardening to others and enrich the horticultural life of their communities. After completing their first year, Master Gardeners have an annual commitment of 10 hours of continuing education and 20 hours of volunteer work where their knowledge and skills best match the needs of the community, including responding to inquiries by telephone and e-mail, maintain booths at fairs and home shows, organize educational presentations. , and consultation in school and community gardens.
Application for the Master Gardener Training Program will be opened after participants pass the final exam for the Home Horticulture Certification Program. The training will cost $25 and will run from October 27 to December 8. Readings, lectures and live Q&A sessions will take place online, while county-specific in-person activities may also be added to the schedule.
For course information, email Brinkerhoff. Individuals requiring special accommodations or assistance should call or notify Paul Lessick, Civil Rights and Compliance Coordinator, at [email protected] or 702-257-5577 at least three days prior to the scheduled event.