Coordinator Contact

Rachel McClure
Washoe County Master Gardener Coordinator
rmcclure@unr.edu
775-336-0274

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Extension, Washoe County Master Gardeners

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Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers who have been trained in the finer points of gardening to improve their own knowledge and to share it with others. Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans. As volunteers, Master Gardeners contribute volunteer hours every year through a variety of projects, including but not limited to: answering telephone and email inquiries, staffing booths at fairs and home shows, conducting educational presentations in the community and consulting at school and community gardens. 

Two Master Gardeners gardening in front of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Contact a Master Gardener: 

  • Visit the office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno by appointment.
  • Desk Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • Email them at ExtensionWashoeMG@unr.edu.
  • Call the office at 775-784-4848.

 Upcoming Events for Washoe County

Helpful Handouts

Master Gardener Projects in Washoe County

Below are a few of the many volunteer projects Master Gardener volunteers are involved in.

Project Photo Address Description
The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Master gardeners gardening on the grass in front of a building

100 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501 Master Gardeners have been maintaining the landscape around the Performing Arts Center for over 20 years. Take a walk around and see what can grow here.
Northern Nevada Veterans Home

Two people standing next to a wooden garden bed. One person holding lettuce up to their face.

36 Battle born Way, Sparks NV 89431 Washoe County Master Gardeners work with residents weekly to plant flowers, herbs, and veggies both in the landscape, outdoor gardens, and indoor conservatory.
Extension Office Demonstration Gardens

plant boxes next to a white building.
 

4955 Energy Way, Reno NV 89502 The Washoe County Extension Office offers a Natives garden on one side and a raised flower bed garden on the other. Come take a look at what grows here. Come in or email ExtensionWashoeMG@unr.edu for a handout with plant names and descriptions.
Ronald McDonald House Photo of a group of women standing in front of a grey house and holding a plant. 323 Maine, St, Reno NV 89502 Master Gardeners have worked to create beautiful, peaceful paces of respite in the grounds around the house for Ronald McDonald residents.
Historic Huffaker School at Bartley Ranch Photo of a woman smiling standing behind a white picket fence in front of a white house. 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno NV 89511 The Historic Huffaker School is located in the Bartley Ranch Regional Park. It is rich in history and hallmarked by beautiful, brick-laden pathways surrounded by flower gardens maintained by Washoe County Master Gardeners.
Master Gardener Help Desk A master gardener showing some plants inside the extension office. 4955 Energy Way, Reno NV 89502 Open to the public to help with horticultural questions and information Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Master Gardener Plant Sale A woman showing off some plants during the UNR extension master gardener plant sale. 4955 Energy Way, Reno NV 89502

The 2024 Plant Sale will be Friday, May 17th  from 2 - 6 pm & Saturday May 18 from 9 am - 1 pm at the University of Nevada, Reno Extension Washoe County Office 4955 Energy Way Reno, NV 89502

Master Gardener's grow plant starts in a greenhouse at the UNR Experiment Station for local community members to purchase. We focus on plants and varieties that grow well in our local conditions and help you get your garden started. The Master Gardener Program is basically self-funded, and this is one of the ways we help finance our program. Thank you the huge community support we receive annually around this project.

Gardening in Nevada, The Bartley Ranch Series A man smiling wearing dark sunglasses standing next to a table with plants. 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno NV 89511

Please join us Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8 pm in February and March (except for election day) at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park for the University of Nevada, Reno Extension Washoe County Master Gardener program's "Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series".  This free event requires registration and is hosted by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, people with a passion for gardening, who live right here in Northern Nevada and enjoy sharing their knowledge. 

Article on Gardening in Nevada workshops and seed swaps

Event Registration: https://bit.ly/41JcXTc

Community Gardens at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Two master gardeners standing next to a square foot garden bed. 1595 N Sierra St, Reno NV 89503 During the growing season, our partnership with Washoe County Parks and Open Spaces allows us to work with the public and members of the Community Garden on gardening techniques and practices that work well in our climate. Come by and see our demonstration beds or attend one of our many educational events.
 

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Washoe County's Leadership Team

Rachel McClure
Program Leader & Contact