Upcoming Reno, Sparks and Carson City Gardening Classes May & June 2008

Going to list a bunch of Gardening and Lawn Classes that are throughout the Truckee Meadows this upcoming week ~ some I’ve been talking about for at least a month! I’m very excited about the Master Gardener’s sale! And if you miss that plant sale, catch the one at the Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum on 7 June 2008.

17 May 2008, Saturday
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Plant Faire
5305 Mill Street
7:00 am
$1.50 to $5.00 Vegetables & Herbs
Many annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses will also be available.
Master Gardeners will be on hand for your gardening questions.

17 May 2008, Saturday
Greenhouse Garden Center
2450 S. Curry St., Carson City
Let’s Talk Tomatoes & Peppers
Learn how to grow the best tomatoes and peppers this summer.
9:00 am, FREE, no reservations needed.

24 May 2008, Saturday
Raised Bed Gardening
9:00 am, FREE

Greenhouse Garden Center Event Calendar

17 May 2008, Saturday
Organic Gardening
Garden Shop Nursery
475 Gentry Way, Reno
10:00 am, Free
Featuring: Giselle Schoniger, Category Manager from Kellogg Garden Products.
Learn the basics about natural and organic gardening and how easy and effective it is. Gisele Schoniger will explain the different soils, fertilizers, and amendments and just how they benefit your garden. There will be free Dr. Earth samples so that you can try them for yourself. Plus, there will be a free bag of Gardeners Gold potting soil for each of the first 50 people!

24 May 2008, Saturday
Veggie and Herb Gardening
Join veggie specialist Tom Munro. He will help you get your veggie beds ready and pick the right plants for the right area.

Garden Shop Nursery Newsletter.

17 May 2008, Saturday
Rail City Gardening Center
1720 Brierley Way, Sparks
11:00 am, Free
Learn how to control and prevent insects and other pests from damaging the garden.

24 May 2008, Saturday
Gardening in Small Places
11:00 am, Free

Rail City Garden Event Calendar

20 May 2008, Tuesday
Garden Photography with Mark Vollmer
Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum
1596 N. Virginia St., Reno
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Register in advance
Professional photographer, Mark Vollmer, covers techniques such as filters, lighting and composition.
Contact 775-785-4153

7 June 2008,
Annual Plant Sale
8:00am-12:00 pm, Arboretum

Reno Garden Society
Third Wednesday of each month
5:30 pm
Call for location ~ 775-826-9135
Learn aboug gardening and landscaping from society members and certified master gardeners.

Community Gardens in Northern Nevada

Just happened to glance at today’s Reno Gazzette-Journal before heading out the door for work and saw the Living Section had lots of gardening articles, so I brought it with me. I guess this week will be GARDENING BLOG WEEK! LOL! 🙂

Susan Skorupa wrote an article about Community Gardens Sprout in Nevada ~ Teglia’s Paradise Park in NE Reno, Carson City, and in Virginia City. Places where people, with no garden space of their own, can plant in plots for their own food and to help charity food programs.

I’ve rewritten part of the article to get all the information in a nut shell:

Teglia’s Paradise Park Community Garden
Contact Debora Hartshorn, administrator, at 775-356-3176 for additional information

The Community Garden provides garden plots for $5/plot this season for residents to plant their own vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. Residents must turn the soil, plant and water their own individual plots. Water, hoses, a wheelbarrow and other tools are available in the garden for everyone’s use.

The garden holds 44 individual 5’x10′ plots and several large community plots. In the large community garden beds, seeds are donated and people help with the upkeep of the garden. All food from those plots goes back into the community. They ask that individual garden plots donate a portion of their produce to a select charity.

There are a few large raised beds that are fully accessible to those with disabilities to sit in wheelchairs or chairs and garden. Resident involvement is important and a Garden Club is available to get to know your fellow gardeners. You can learn great gardening tips and develop your gardening skills.

The fenced-in garden area consists of tilled and composted beds, paved pathways, shade from a grape arbor, bulletin board and a drinking fountain. There is an 800 pound mosaic Scarecrow built by a local artist and sculptor, Victoria Sweedler.

There is an area outside of the garden for composting where leaves from city properties is brought in and mulch comes from the urban forester’s office. Western Nevada Supply donated a drip irrigation system for the large community plots.

Carson City’s Community Garden
Carson City Community Garden Information: 775-887-2252

Carson City’s Community Garden Plot is on city land near the Lone Mountain Cemetery and consists of about 24 4’x16’ plots. It began as a partnership between the Cooperative Extension Office and the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department; it now includes the Carson City Senior Center.

Initially the garden was open to Senior Citizens only, but is now open to all residents. Gardeners pay $10/year, there maybe a partial fee waiver for those who can’t pay.

The city provides water, hoses, tools, some seeds and fertilizer. Insecticide use is discouraged. There is no produce donation required, but last year more than 400 pounds of food went to different local programs.

Virginia City’s Community Garden

Virginia City has a small garden that benefits the Community Chest’s food closet and the before- and after-school food program. There are a few raised garden boxes that were the result of a project by the Global Youth Service Day ~ they sit behind the offices of the Community Chest, a family youth development program.

I have my fingers crossed with my garden…I go out every day after work to talk to my seeds while watering. It’s only been five days since I planted, but I’ve been nose to dirt looking for seedlings! ROFL! Since there is only two of us, I will be donating my extra veggies that I don’t plan on canning to my neighbors and the church next door.