With spring approaching, many Nevadans are getting ready to work in their garden and are keen to get out and garden. University of Nevada, Reno Extension will offer two online programs for those interested in learning more about gardening in Nevada’s unique climates.
The first program is the Home Horticulture Certificate Program, offered online from August 4 to September 29. It will cover topics 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 Zoom Q&A sessions with local gardening specialists and professionals. Live 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.”
Previously, the certificate program was offered in person. Due to health restrictions during the pandemic, the training moved to an online format in 2020. Due to the positive response and wide reach that the online training has garnered, it has now become a cohesive online program that covers gardening and horticulture statewide. The program is now also a prerequisite for the second program offered, training to become a Certified Nevada Master Gardener.
Master gardeners receive further training and volunteer their time to provide horticultural and gardening information 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 application process can be completed online and will require contact information, three references, and an interview. If accepted, participants will attend the training, which will cost $25, from October 27 to December 8, ending with a final exam. Readings, lectures and live Q&A sessions will take place online, while county-specific in-person activities may also be added to the schedule.
Also, if individuals wish to further their education but are unable to devote hours to becoming a Master Gardener, they can enroll in the Advanced Certificate in Home Horticulture program at a higher cost.
Registration for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program is open until June 30 and can be completed online.
For course information, email Brinkerhoff. Individuals requiring special accommodations or assistance should call or notify Paul Lessick, Civil Rights and Compliance Coordinator, at Lessick’s email or 702-257-5577 at least three days prior to scheduled event.