About the center and orchard
The Research Center and Demonstration Orchard has been a cooperative effort between Extension and University of Nevada, Las Vegas for over 20 years. The main emphasis has always been on water conservation in the Mojave Desert. From the very beginning, deciduous fruit trees, wine and table grapes, and various kinds of vegetables have been grown and tested for their ability to survive and produce under desert conditions.
The goal of this facility is to research new varieties of fruit producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways. The facility features over 800 fruit trees and grape vines, vegetables and other row crops. In recent years, test areas of hops and drought tolerant wine grape root stocks have been added.
The center is also a place where hands-on training/teaching opportunities can be held for home owners and commercial clientele. Throughout the year, hands-on classes are taught to the public. These classes vary from hands-on pruning of fruit trees and grape vines, picking the right fruit tree, irrigation, water conservation through organic mulching and compost making, etc.
Who maintains the center?
The facility is maintained with the help of Master Gardeners and community volunteers.
What happens to the produce grown there?
The fruits and vegetables produced are obtained by commercial chefs for testing with excess given to charitable organizations for feeding the hungry.
Can I visit the center?
The Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas. The Center is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon except for major holidays. For more information contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.