Extension offers Home Horticulture program virtually

Extension offers Home Horticulture program virtually
Extension’s online Home Horticulture Certificate Program will provide information on gardening and growing various flowers and plants in Nevada climates. Image: UNR Extension

RENO — University of Nevada, Reno Extension in August kicks off a two-month online Home Horticulture Certificate Program, the first step to becoming a Master Gardener of Nevada. The program provides training for those who want to brush up on their gardening knowledge and is a prerequisite for the Master Gardener training.

Registration for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program is open through July 17. The program runs Aug. 4 through Sept. 29.

“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.”

Topics covered in the program include soils and plant nutrients composting, native plants, small fruits and pest management.

Those who pass the certificate program can continue on to the Master Gardener of Nevada program, which is a more in-depth training offered Oct. 27 through Dec. 8. Master Gardeners are also required to volunteer their time to provide horticulture and gardening information to others in their community.

The cost for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program is $275 and includes recorded lectures, readings, homework and online question and answer sessions with gardening experts. Online sessions are Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

The Master Gardener training is $25.

Registration for the certificate program is online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-horticulture-certificate-program-2022-registration-320295330957.

More information on both programs is available at https://extension.unr.edu/program.aspx?ID=279.

Source: UNR Extension