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SciWorks gardens are fun, educational – though not perfect – Winston

Pollinator workshop

Dorothy Stobbs, master gardener in charge of the native garden at SciWorks, examines the common milkweed plants for monarch eggs during a pollinator workshop.

Pollinator workshop

A spicebush swallowtail caterpiller rests on a spicebush leaf at a display curated by the Carolina Butterfly Society.



Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016 12:15 am

SciWorks gardens are fun, educational – though not perfect

By Amy Dixon Special Correspondent

Winston-Salem Journal

There are many requisite garden destinations in and around Forsyth County. The Tanglewood Arboretum, Reynolda Gardens, and the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville are just a few big players that quickly come to mind.

But I’ve discovered that another fantastic garden space is right under my nose on the campus of SciWorks.

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The White House Garden is here to stay

The United States is now in the final stretch of its exceptionally long, extremely strange 2016 presidential election. While there is great national anxiety surrounding who will next inhabit the White House, one can take some comfort in knowing that the White House Kitchen Garden is here to stay. While the Garden’s original iteration was rustic in style, the First Lady unveiled a new design that includes cement, stone and steel features that will be difficult to remove without causing controversy.


Founded by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden has provided organic produce for the First Family and served as an inspiring symbol of the still-growing Food Movement. Although the White House Garden has avoided the harsh criticism that Republicans have directed towards the First Lady’s school nutrition reforms, it is not without controversy. Within days of the garden’s inauguration, the pesticide industry wrote to the White House to advocate against the garden’s use of organic farming techniques.

Related: Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

The National Park Service will continue to maintain the Garden in Obama’s absence while millions of dollars in private funding will help to pay for it. While neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have commented on what they would do with the garden, its new design makes a total demolition much less likely. Wood chip paths have been replaced with a widened walkway made from blue stone while a new cemented archway and stone-paved seating area welcome visitors into the garden.

“I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,” said Michelle Obama at a formal dedication of the new and improved garden. “I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have.”

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Article source: http://inhabitat.com/the-white-house-garden-is-here-to-stay/

DETA weekly meetings kick off in Ward 2 in search of ideas to make Duncan beautiful

Duncan Enhancement Trust Authority hosted its first of four weekly meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday at Duncan Senior Citizens Center, located in Ward 2 of the city. The purpose of the meeting was to reach out and discuss ideas and projects with community members while also generating ideas and to-do lists as DETA works to complete its mission of making Duncan beautiful.

Nate Schacht, Community Development Director for the City of Duncan, moderated the event. He used what he called a “SWOT” analysis to gather information from about a dozen individuals attending by focusing on Duncan’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

“Through our meetings that we’ve been holding on a regular basis, we thought it was time to engage the general public and hear your thoughts,” Schacht said. “What do you want to see happen in Duncan on terms of beautification? What amenities do you want to see come to our community? We strongly believe that the beautification process is a form of economic development. If you have a clean, beautiful city, residents will want to live here. When residents want to live here, your property values go up. When you have a clean, vibrant community, businesses want to locate here. When businesses want to locate here, we create jobs.”

Carolyn Rodgers, Chairman for DETA, explained to those attending on how DETA came to life in Duncan.

“It’s been almost two years ago since I’ve been in a meeting in Lawton, and I’ve been noticing how attractive Lawton is looking, the landscaping has improved dramatically and I was impressed,” Rodgers said. “I was teaching a class on Crapemyrtle care and there was a landscaper there and he told me about LETA, which is the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority … This makes Duncan beautification on steroids, it really does … We’ve got a lot of support and we want your support as well.”

First, those in attendance spent time generating ideas on what Ward 2 and the City of Duncan as a whole has for strengths.

This list included beautiful and safe areas with nice treelines like Timber Creek, older churches, older central Duncan and unique or historical homes, the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, the Crapemyrtle Trail, established and diversified neighborhoods, Main Street Duncan, shade canopies in neighborhoods from trees, older and smaller homes improved with “do it yourself” techniques, nostalgia, the Ward’s people and a general sense of pride.

Councilman Mike Nelson, who represents Ward 2, said Ward 2’s distinction comes from the attitude its residents has.

“The thing that strikes me the most about my ward and my town is the pride in my ward,” Nelson said. “It is the strongest emotional word in our language. If you drive through Ward 2, you can see pride in ownership, pride in property maintenance, the curbs are mostly clean. I mean, there’s a few bad examples.”

Under weaknesses, attendees identified dilapidated sidewalks, low walkability, poor streets, poor lighting, current creek conditions, a lack of flood control, a lack of parks and access for children, Jaycee Park, the old Lindley Hospital, Chisholm Hotel, a lack of signage and maintenance, a lack of night patrol and use of cameras and South Highway 81 as items DETA should look into.

For opportunities, residents present pitched ideas on how partnering with other organizations or doing certain things would help DETA on their mission to beautification. These items included doing something with the old Rotary Park and the land next to the Prairie House, establishing community gardens at neighborhood schools, working with Pathways to a Health Stephens County and Ability First, finding a use for the land near the Senior Citizens Center and planting trees where there are none with the help of organizations like Arbor Society and Tree Bank of Oklahoma.

To finish off Schacht’s SWOT analysis, the crowd identified threats which currently face Duncan, including the loss of a major industry, deterioration of public infrastructure, apathetic and uninvolved citizens, the penny for education sales tax, a lack of trust in city government, a divided town, the inability to pass bonds, skunks, not completing goals from other plans, a failure from the city to educate residents, community safety and rental properties lacking maintenance.

After this was completed, Schacht led those attending through the completion of a worksheet to help identify where green space additions and enhancements are needed, how public safety additions and enhancements can help, what new attractions and tourism we can bring to Duncan, how to unify and involve the community, how to keep general upkeep going and how to market the improvements.

“Eventually we’re going to get to a point as DETA where we prepare the beautification plan for the City of Duncan and when we get to that point, we’re going to present it to you first before we take it to city council and let you see it and make sure it is representing what you feel is important as a community,” Schacht said. “If we can get that body, then it’ll be so much easier for us to go to city council and say, ‘We have the community’s support to be doing these projects.’ The plan will also enable the city of Duncan to provide for future grants that we can match through funds that we as a group obtain.”

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Simmons Center in Ward 3.

For more information on DETA, email duncanoketa@gmail.com.

Article source: http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/deta-weekly-meetings-kick-off-in-ward-in-search-of/article_662d27cc-8c31-11e6-9700-e7474d9d9c40.html

Community Briefs

Celebrate the arts at First Friday Fredericksburg

Oct. 7, 6 to 9 p.m., historic downtown Fredericksburg, free. Downtown businesses of all kinds celebrate the region’s vibrant arts community every First Friday. Galleries, restaurants, cafes, shops and even workout studios open their doors to showcase the works of local artists. Musicians on the street, tasty refreshments and an overall jovial crowd help make this a night to see and be seen downtown. There is a free shuttle service operated by the Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg. The trolley runs from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://fredericksburgarts.org/ or call 540-373-1776.

Braehead Farm Fall Festival Weekends

Oct. 8-9 (repeats every weekend in October), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1130 Tyler St., Fredericksburg, Virginia, $9/person (age 2 and under free). Enjoy hayrides through the decorated forest and around the farm, experience the corn maze and sunflower walk, decorate a pumpkin, visit with “The Great Pumpkin” in the pumpkin patch, and play in the family playgrounds, hay barn, sand piles and corn pit. Visit with farm animals, enjoy cider and kettle corn, and pick your own pumpkins or purchase pumpkins in the Braehead Farm Market. For more information, call 540-899-9848 or visit http://braeheadfarm.com.

Belvedere Plantation Fall Harvest Festival

Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (repeats every weekend in October), 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Starts at $17.50/person (2 years and under, free). Maize maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, straw jump, pumpkin cannon, trike track, pumpkin mountain slide, pedal carts, barrel train, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, hay rides, campfires and more. For more information, call 540-373-4478 or visit www.belvedereplantation.com.

Via Colori 2016 kicks off in Fredericksburg

Oct. 8-9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., intersection of Sophia and Charlotte streets, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Free. Via Colori is the modern day expression of a centuries-old art form. This very special annual event gathers more than 100 artists in each of more than a half-dozen cities. Each artist’s large-scale masterpiece is sponsored by a business or individual, and is created directly on the pavement of the closed-off city streets. Each festival is a signature fundraiser, conducted annually. For more information, visit http://viacolorifredericksburg.com or e-mail info@viacolorifredericksburg.com.

Fall Migration Bird Walk

Oct. 8, 8 to 10 a.m., Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Free. Join local birding experts on a guided walk along the trails and boardwalks. Discover this unique 120 acre property in the heart of Woodbridge. Bring binoculars and guide books. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. No pets, please. For more information, call 703/499-9812 or e-mail jalicea@pwcgov.org.

PetOberfest at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

Oct. 15, noon to 5 p.m. 15151 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, Virginia. Free. Pet parade, pet costume contest, pet-friendly exhibitors, children’s entertainment, store discounts, prizes, and much more. Pet photo booth donations will benefit the Prince William SPCA. All pets in attendance must be leashed. For exhibitor and event information, visit www.sptcpetoberfest.com or call 703-830-6586.

Fredericksburg Fall Home and Craft Show

Oct. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fredericksburg Expo Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia. $8/adult, $7/seniors, ages 12 and under free. The Fall Home Show is a great place for homeowners to knock out their to-do lists. Get landscaping ideas, renovate your kitchen, plan a new patio addition for the spring or finish your basement like you have always wanted to. Get your holiday shopping started early at the Craft Fair with high-quality crafts, including home decor, specialty foods, knick-knacks, clothing, photography, pottery and more. For more information, call 540-548-5555 or visit www.fredericksburgfallhomeshow.com.

13th Annual Creepy-Crawly Carnival

Oct. 14-15, 7 to 9 p.m. Ron Rosner Family YMCA, 5700 Smith Station Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia. $3. Haunted house, haunted and non-haunted hayrides, haunted trail, carnival games, costume contest, face-painting, moon bounce. For more information, call 540-735-9622 or visit www.family-ymca.com.

Article source: http://www.quanticosentryonline.com/news/news_briefs/article_b464c254-8bcf-11e6-b214-3f87569ce37d.html

CDD Tackles Westchase Anniversary, Traffic and Landscaping

CDD Tackles Westchase Anniversary, Traffic and Landscaping

The Oct. 4 meeting of the CDD board saw supervisors tackle the community’s 25th anniversary, traffic law enforcement in gated communities and issues surrounding pond erosion and landscaping.

Opening the meeting was Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Ruben Collazo, who appeared to discuss the association and district collaborating to commemorate Westchase’s 25th anniversary. November marks the 25th anniversary of the first home sold in Westchase.

Both Collazo and district supervisors acknowledged the challenges of planning a large event before the change in the calendar year.  “Our staff has told us it’s very short notice to get a single event done,” Collazo stated.  As the result, he stated the association was considering holding multiple smaller events to celebrate the anniversary of the next few months.

CDD Attorney Erin McCormick, however, reiterated the legal limits to how the CDD can spend its assessments. She stated that state law, which empowers the district to care for its facilities and common areas, precludes them from organizing social events. She stated, however, there was some wiggle room if they held an event in conjunction with the grand re-opening of the Westchase parks currently being renovated.

Supervisors subsequently brainstormed ideas and discussed having staff work with the WCA to organize a Westchase anniversary festival in January in the West Park Village green, where the district will dedicating the splash fountain and tot playground when complete. The CDD committed to matching WCA funds for the celebration up to $5,000. Supervisors also unanimously approved a motion authorizing staff to purchase commemorative banners for light poles in the West Park Village commercial area and Westchase parks. 

CDD Engineer Tonja Stewart then informed supervisors she would be unable to certify that their traffic signs and road striping in gated communities complied with requirements of state law. Certification, however, is necessary to ensure renewal of the district agreement with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office (HCSO) that enables deputies to enforce speeding and other traffic laws on the CDD-owned roads. Stewart stated an option would be to get a bid on replacing non-compliant signage and road striping.

CDD Chair Mark Ragusa, however, cautioned whether the number of citations written by deputies justified the expense and wondered if the district should just drop the HCSO agreement. “I’d like to know the cost of bringing communities into compliance,” he said. “The Greens is going to be astronomical. Harbor Links is going to be high.”

Cpl. Kristian Gundersen, who leads the CDD’s off-duty deputy patrol, stopped by the meeting to answer supervisors’ questions. He confirmed deputies would still patrol behind the gates and enforce other laws, but just not conduct traffic stops. Gundersen also stated that deputies write very few traffic tickets, stating  he could recall two tickets written in the last decade in Harbor Links/The Estates and only one or two in The Greens. “Getting this agreement is not going to cure the speeding,” he stated. “People are going to speed.”

Before departing, Stewart also updated supervisors on pond bank erosion repairs. At September’s meeting she suggested repairs could cost the district as much as $5 million over the next few years. She stated Field Manager Doug Mays had planted club rush in the water along some crumbling pond banks to see if would take root, thus offering an inexpensive alternative to erosion control. Mays added that staff was looking at pond banks that could simply be reinforced with crushed rock. He added that the approaches were bringing the projected cost of erosion repairs down.

Stewart concluded by advising supervisors to better remove nuisance invasive plants that are encroaching on conservation areas near homes and roads. Citing them as potential fuel for wildfires during drought, she added, “I highly recommend you try to manage that.”

Supervisor Bob Argus then pressed District Manager Andy Mendenhall and staff regarding why a requested report on lightning protection on the new park equipment had not been provided or added to the agenda. CDD Office Manager Sonny Whyte stated that she had been told that lighting rods could not be successfully installed on equipment that had been already installed. She added she had explored lightning detection warning systems. CDD Chair Mark Ragusa, however, stated, “I’ve seen them at swimming pools but they are terribly unreliable.”

Supervisors dropped the topic after Attorney Erin McCormick cautioned supervisors that the district could be held liable if the systems malfunctioned and park visitors were injured by lightning.

Argus, however, still pressed to see a report from Stewart.

Mays then announced that work on the construction of the new tot playground in West Park Village had hit a snag when REP Services, the playground contractor, discovered a mucky soil base that would not properly support the playground’s rubberized surface. Mays stated that when Stewart informed him that soil analysis was outside her expertise, he contracted with Faulkner Engineering, who advised him to remove a layer of soil down to a firmer level and backfill it with crushed rock before laying the playground surface. The cost would be an additional $9,000. Ragusa and McCormick, however, recalled that REP Services’ contract required the company to do all soil testing and fixes as part of their work. Supervisors ultimately authorized Supervisor Brian Ross to discuss a solution with REP Services in order not to further delay completion of the playground.

Addressing supervisors again, WCA President Ruben Collazo stated that David Weekley Homes, which is constructing nearly three dozen townhomes in the heart of West Park Village, had requested that the homes be joined to the Westchase Community Association, which will require consideration and approval at the Westchase Voting Members’ (VMs) Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 meetings.

Supervisor Ross then suggested that the board seek a second opinion on pond bank erosion repairs. Stating he meant no criticism of Stewart or her work, Ross (a lawyer) stated that if an attorney working for him suddenly informed him that he had $5 million in exposure that Ross was previously unaware of, he would seek a second opinion. “It is prudent,” he stated.

When Ragusa asked District Manager Andy Mendenhall to bring recommendations for companies that could review the pond erosion issue, Mendenhall stated he worked with Stewart in the majority of his districts and expressed confidence in the quality of her work. Citing the importance of including Stewart, who had already departed, in the conversation, Ross suggested discussion be put off until November’s meeting.

Supervisor Bob Argus concluded discussion by addressing landscaping issues. He stated his recent tour of the property with landscaping inspector OLM caused him to conclude that much of his recent dissatisfaction with Westchase’s current appearance was caused by old plants that needed replacement. He suggested supervisors consider increasing the number of flower replacements at intersections from four to six times annually. Ross, however, expressed his dissatisfaction with OLM for its failure to communicate more clearly to Mays those old areas of landscaping that needed replanting. Mays, however, stated that the chief challenge wasn’t communication but getting Davey, the CDD’s landscaping contractor, to offer plans and bids for replacements of large, planted areas. Davey’s onsite manager, he stated, was often too busy to do so and Mays said he recently had to contract with another landscaping company to replant an area.

Citing Supervisor Jim Mills’ request to staff that they look at the landscaping at the main entrances of Citrus Park mall and Citrus Park Plaza for inspiration, Ragusa said he recently looked over the areas and echoed Mills sentiments that they were worth copying. Mays pointed out that the centers do spend more money on the plantings and sculpting.

Ragusa concluded by asking Mays to identify four to six large areas for large-scale landscaping replacement. He added the district should hire a landscape architect to design them and then bid out the work. “Our current system with Davey is not going to get us what we’re looking for,” he said. “If we stick with Davey and wait around for Davey, we’re not going to get what we want.”

Supervisors adjourned at 6:17 p.m.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher

Posted 7 October 2016

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Article source: http://www.westchasewow.com/news/entry/cdd_tackles_westchase_anniversary_traffic_and_landscaping

Totem art stacks up

The nonprofit collection of ceramic artists opened its display of a series of 16 hand-sculpted totems Thursday in an Oktoberfest-themed showing hosted along with Rhombus Guys Brewing Co.

Muddy Waters President Donald Miller said the colorful 8-foot-tall totems made for the first annual OcTotem Fest were formed piece by piece in a collaborative effort by 16 of the center’s artists. The group of sculptors split into two teams, Miller explained, and made eight distinctive totem pieces each.

Those pieces then were stacked on an upright steel rod to make the finished pole.

“They’re really pretty impressive; they’re a lot of fun,” Miller said. “They’re made from everything from Thunderbirds with wings to turtles standing on their heads, to masked faces, to these very abstract, almost Christmas-tree things. We had a huge variety of objects made for the totems.”

Though the finished art pieces on display aren’t for sale, Miller said the artists have made “several hundred” additional parts that guests can purchase for $15 to $25 apiece to make their own scaled-down versions.

He explained the clay used to make the pieces can withstand the elements, making them suitable for gardens and landscaping decor.

Miller said the collective’s artists made about 100 unique mugs to go along with the Rhombus Guys beer sampling.

If you missed the event, the totems will remain on display in Muddy Waters gallery at 2014 13th Ave. N. for the next few weeks. The pieces and mugs also will be for sale until Christmas, Miller said.

The gallery is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Article source: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4131154-totem-art-stacks

Expanded shingle-style cape offers sweeping views of Manchester

Situated on more than 7 wooded acres atop one of Manchester’s uppermost points, this expanded Cape affords some of the most stunning and expansive views on Cape Ann. Complete with professionally orchestrated gardens and landscaping, a white cedar shingle exterior and an interesting past, this is quintessential New England style at its finest.

Originally the site of a summer cottage built in 1888 for Edward Robinson, the curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and later The Metropolitan Museum in New York, that structure was replaced in 1953 with this more practical, architecturally designed year-round residence. It was acquired by the current owner in 1980 and since then, it has been painstakingly cared for and lovingly maintained, according to Realtor Nannie Winslow of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who lists the property for $1,475,000.

“This is a spot that everyone in town has long since admired. The house sits on an elevated site that presents expansive overland views, and though it also affords a great deal of privacy, it is still very convenient to town, beaches and the commuter rail. Furthermore, its beautiful southern exposure affords hours of sunlight and passive solar heat,” says Winslow.

A lovely long drive ushers you to the front door and into a welcoming reception hall with original, 19th-century, bull’s eye glass windows and vaulted ceiling. Straight ahead, find a sunken living room enhanced by a wood-burning fireplace flanked by custom shelving and French doors to a glassed-in, three-season porch with bluestone flooring. Ideal for even the grandest of formal dinners, the dining room is quite spacious and features a built-in sideboard with display cabinetry. Less structured meals are sure to be enjoyed in the kitchen, which is complemented by a brick fireplace and large picture windows.

Of the five bedrooms in this home, two are thoughtfully found on the first floor. The master suite is well-appointed with wall-to-wall carpeting, a dressing room and a fully tiled bath with double vanities. The second bedroom, with full bath and separate entrance, is currently used as a music room but would make for the perfect in-law or guest quarter, suggests Winslow.

The three remaining bedrooms share the second level with two tiled baths, a generous cedar closet and an open balcony overlooking the entry hall below. For even more storage, there is a tremendous attic above. Rounding off this versatile home and providing the potential for expansion, should you need it, is a partially finished basement with laundry and half bath.

Not to be outdone by its interior, the exterior is equally noteworthy. Boasting acre after acre of established plantings and well-nurtured trees, this property also includes a four-car garage with two heated bays and a detached shed.

“With such a flexible layout and its beautifully high ceilings, no one will ever come in here and say, ‘I love this house, but it doesn’t work with my needs.’ This is one of those special homes that can easily adapt to just about any lifestyle and any style decor.”

This property is shown by appointment. To schedule a viewing, call Nannie Winslow at 978-865-1145.

 

AT A GLANCE

5 bedrooms

3 full and three partial baths

5,378 square feet

7.22 acres

$1,475,000

LISTED BY:

Nannie Winslow

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

978-865-1145

Nannie.Winslow@NEMoves.com

www.NewEnglandMoves.com

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Article source: http://www.salemnews.com/homes/expanded-shingle-style-cape-offers-sweeping-views-of-manchester/article_cc6fb9e8-ee40-595b-9a3a-b97862416ba7.html

Master Gardener: Nevada gardeners tame desert, grow beauty and delight

More than 170 years ago, a woman named Gertrude Jeckyll was born in Mayfair, London. Eighty-nine years later, she died. Gertrude filled the years in between to the brim. She created a line of flower vases, and she documented fading facets of 19th-century life. Gertrude published more than 300 photos. She wrote more than 15 books and 1,000 articles. Gertrude was a painter. —

She also created more than 400 gardens. Most of Gertrude’s gardens were in Europe; a few were in North America. She was among the first in her field to consider the color, texture and experience of gardens in her designs.

“There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give impression of beauty and delight,” she said.

I am glad to know Gertrude understood the plight of Nevada gardeners. Our spot of ground comes with challenges. Its organic matter content is often less than 1 percent. Because of this, Nevada soil has a decreased ability to absorb and store water, hold plant nutrients and support soil biota. Some consider this the biggest obstacle to gardening in our area.

However, with research-based horticulture information, Nevada gardeners can tame our ground, producing beauty and delight.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is a great source of science-based gardening and landscaping information. Home gardeners can call, email or stop by the office for free consultations. Or, attend Grow Your Own, Nevada! program classes, offered twice each year, or Gardening in Nevada: Bartley Ranch Program classes, offered annually in spring.

Cooperative Extension also offers a Master Gardener training program. It is designed for a special kind of gardener, one who not only wants to improve their own landscape, but also wants to volunteer in the community.

In this program, master gardener volunteer trainees learn from industry experts. In 2017, they will do so online in late spring.

Course lectures, quizzes and exams will be completed at home over the internet through a learning platform called Canvas. Volunteer trainees without home computers or internet may schedule time to complete the curriculum in the office.

In between online modules, master gardener volunteer trainees will attend hands-on lab sessions. These opportunities will allow volunteer trainees to apply their newly gained research-based horticulture knowledge in real-life situations.

Hands-on learning will be central to the program. This is because, as Gertrude said, “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”

To ensure high-quality learning experiences in class and to build skilled, confident volunteers who will actively serve the community after class ends, the student-to-instructor ratio will be low. Applicants will be interviewed and selected based on program needs and availability to volunteer. For information, sign up for our interest list at www.growyourownnevada.com.

No matter if you garden with us as a master gardener volunteer or in a home, school or community garden, enjoy the gift of gardening, and remember we are here to help.

As Gertrude said, “The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.”

Ashley Andrews is the horticulture assistant with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Horticulture questions? Ask a master gardener, 775-336-0265 or mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu, or visit growyourownnevada.com.

Article source: http://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdoors/2016/10/07/master-gardener-nevada-gardeners-tame-desert-grow-beauty-and-delight/91716394/

Tips and Tricks for Fall Gardening

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Home & Garden Tips | Hometown Focus | Discover MN – Virginia, MN

Canned fruits, vegetables, and meats must be pressure cooked properly. Don’t rely on recipes posted online that skip the pressure cooking! Previous generations thought it safe to water bath non-acidic foods at 2120 More…

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