Wednesday
Mar062019

February 7, 2019 Meeting

We'll have our meeting this Thursday at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center on the West side of Lorenzi Park. 800 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107.

Our speaker this Thursday (tomorrow) will be Dr. Angela O'Callaghan from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension service. As a master gardener and professor with UNR she'll be speaking to us on a topic of her choice. She writes occasionally in local news papers, and appears on KNPR's "State of Nevada" dispensing gardening advise along with Norm Schilling. She has expertise in horticulture, plant science and desert gardening. Her programs focus on school gardening and the Gardening in Small Places series, designed for those who want good horticulture information.

She participates in many local garden related programs such as: Master Gardeners, Food for Thoughts school gardens program, Beginning Desert Gardening, Basic Principles of Landscape Management, Gardening in small places, Teaching Through Mass Media, Composting in Southern Nevada, Integrated Pest Management, Pesticide Safety, Variety trials for vegetables that can be locally produced.

From federal web sites by way of explanation of what "cooperative extension services" are:

Cooperative Extension System (CES) empowers farmers, ranchers, and communities of all sizes to meet the challenges they face, adapt to changing technology, improve nutrition and food safety, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and protect our environment.
CES is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with the federal and state and local governments. As the federal partner, NIFA develops methods to address national priorities, funds and awards grants, and provides program leadership. The agency supports both the universities and local CES offices to bring science directly to the regional and county level.

Consider bringing along a friend, a refreshment, and a raffle plant. Dick Askew has been providing many plants most every meeting in 2018. Our plant raffels in 2018 were great. Keep it up.

-jay

Thursday
Jan032019

January 3, 2019 Meeting

Happy new year! We are getting at least a short cold spell in the East Mojave. Be sure to protect your cold sensitive plants!

We'll have our meeting this Thursday at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center on the West side of Lorenzi Park. 800 Twin Lakes Drive.

Our new president Vicki Yuen will be at the helm though hopefully will still bring her CSSSN famous brownies for refreshments. Our speaker to start the new year will be our friend from the off the grid Destination: Forever Ranch and Gardens in Arizona, Jan Emming. His presentation will be a travelogue of cactus and succulent flora, wildlife, and nonsucculent flora in a similar vein to his South African program that he did for us few months ago. Check out his web site at: http://dfranch.com/.

Consider bringing along a friend, a refreshment, and a raffle plant. Dick Askew has been providing many plants most every meeting in 2018. Our plant raffels in 2018 were great. Keep it up. Hopefully Jan will bring some plants from the ranch for sale.

We were "featured" in last week's Las Vegas Weekly. I guess the weekly felt they needed to feature some other plants than cannabis sativa. So we may expect a few new attendees. We had a very good event at the Springs preserve in October where more potential members were met. Make them feel at home.

I apologize for not getting a program or event for November and December for you, but I had run out of gas for a variety of reasons. Our October dual speaker debacle worked out OK but was a little embarrassing. Our speakers adapted and gave great presentations. Both the October speakers will have books out in the coming year so we may see them again only not simultaneously.

-jay