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.

What Master Gardeners can do for you:

  • Plant Diagnostic Services
  • Plant and Insect Identification
  • Other gardening and landscaping information

Contact a Master Gardener:

  • Visit the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 4955 Energy Way in Reno.
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Email them at mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu.
  • Ask an Expert: ask.extension.org/ask
  • Call the office at 775-784-4848.
  • Text them at 775-399-8522. The Master Gardener cell phone can receive pictures via text Monday – Friday.

 
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Annual Bursage
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Annual Bursage
This fact sheet contains information on identifying and managing annual bursage for a northern Nevada homeowner. Learn more about the properties of the plant such as the life cycle, reproduction, control methods, etc.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-64
Black Medic
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Black Medic
This fact sheet contains information on black medic to help homeowners identify and manage the plant. Learn more about the plant and the control methods to maintain the plant.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-13
Chorispora tenella
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Blue Mustard
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage blue mustard. Learn interesting facts about the plant and the control methods to manage the plant.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-61
Plantago lanceolata
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Buckhorn Plantain
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage buckhorn plantain for homeowners. Learn more about the plant properties such as the life cycle, reproduction, control methods, and many more.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-18
Cirsium vulgare
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Bull Thistle
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage null thistle for homeowners. Learn more about the different properties of the plant such as the life cycle reproduction, control methods, and many more.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-19
Ceratocephala testiculatus
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Bur Buttercup
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage bur buttercup for homeowners. Learn more about the plant properties such as life cycle, reproduction, control methods, and more.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-20
Chicory flower
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Chicory
Chicory grows up to 3 or more feet tall, with most of the leaves growing at the base of the plant. This gives a skeleton-like appearance to the upper part of the plant. The leaves have been used as salad greens, and the root as a coffee substitute. Learn more about Chicory in this fact sheet.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-10
Xanthium strumarium
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Cocklebur
This fact sheet contains information on ways to maintain and control cocklebur. Learn more about the plant by reading an in-depth guide on the features of the plant and control methods.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-11
Verbascum thapsus
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Mullein
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage common mullein for homeowners. Learn more about the plant properties such as where it grows, life cycle, reproduction, control methods, and more.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-22
Portulaca oleracea
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Purslane
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage common purslane for homeowners. Learn more about the plant properties such as where it grows, life cycle, reproduction, control methods, and more.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-26
Nicotiana attenuata
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Coyote Tobacco
This fact sheet contains information on coyote tobacco to help homeowners identify and manage the plant. learn more about the plant and the different control methods involved with the plant.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-14
Solanum triflorum
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Cutleaf Nightshade
This fact sheet contains information on cutleaf nightshade to help homeowners identify and manage the plant. Learn about each part of the plant and the controls methods to maintain the plant.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-12
Iva axillaris
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Poverty Sumpweed
This fact sheet contains information on poverty sumpweed for homeowners to identify and manage the plant. Learn about the properties of the plant and the control methods to manage the plant.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-15
Tragopogon dubius
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Western Salsify
This fact sheet contains information on ways to identify and manage western salsify. Learn more about different properties of the plant such as the life cycle, reproduction, control methods, etc.
Donaldson, S. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-62
Assessing Soil Quality
The quality of your soil affects every facet of your landscape, from the plants that will grow to the features that can be constructed. A visual assessment of your soil quality is a good first step in designing or remodeling your landscape. Learn more about assessing soil quality in this factsheet.
Hefner, M., Donaldson, S., and Skelly, J. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-17
composting bag
Composting Yard and Vegetable Wastes
Composting is an effective way to take organic materials from landfills and use them to improve soil health. This fact sheet covers the reasons for composting and the basics of getting compost started.
Donaldson, S., and Hefner, Melody 2009, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-16
horses in yard
Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife
This fact sheet discusses ways to reduce conflicts between humans and wildlife, and focuses on vertebrate animals, or animals that have a backbone.
Carpenter, J., Donaldson, S., and Hefner, M. 2011, University of Nevada Extension, FS-2011-40
bag of fertilizer
Fertilizing Your Vegetable Garden
This publication offers practical information on plant nutrients, different types of plant fertilizers, and how to apply fertilizers in the vegetable garden.
Kratsch, Heidi 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 10-68
Gardening Guide of High-Desert Urban Landscapes of Great Basin Regions in Nevada and Utah
Tips for gardening in the high desert of Nevada and Utah including plant lists and photos of grasses, perennial and annual flowers, shrubs and tress that grow well in the high desert.
Kratsch, H. and Heflebower, R. 2013, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Special Publication 13-09
Getting Started with a Vegetable Garden
Practical information on getting started with a vegetable garden, including easy to grow vegetables for beginners and planting dates for Nevada.
Kratsch, H., Allen, L., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 10-15
Getting Started with Backyard Fruit Trees in Northern Nevada
Practical advice for getting started with backyard fruit trees, including selection tips, pruning tips, chill requirements and lists of fruit trees varieties that grow well in northern Nevada, including apple, pear, cherry, plum, peach and apricot varieties.
Kratsch, H. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2014, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 14-14
collecting soil
How to Take a Soil Sample
Soil tests can help identify a number of key characteristics of a soil. Knowing these characteristics will help you determine suitable plant materials for your landscape, the right nutrients to add to your soil and the cultural practices you need to change to improve the productivity of your landscape and garden.
Hefner, M., Donaldson, S., and Skelly, J. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-13
Low Impact Development in Northern Nevada: An Introduction
This fact sheet contains information on low impact development (LID) to help conserve and protect waterways. Learn more about the different benefits of LID, how LID work, reason for being used, the cost of LID, common practices, and many more.
Donaldson, S. and Hefner, M. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-22
Low Impact Development in Northern Nevada: Bioretention
This fact sheet contains information on ways to bioretention as a sustainable strategy to handle stormwater. Learn more about the benefits of bioretention, how the features work, where bioretention can be used, how to maintain the features, and many more.
Donaldson, S. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-25
Low Impact Development in Northern Nevada: Rainwater Harvesting
This fact sheet contains information on ways to harvest rainwater for Low Impact Development (LID) in Northern Nevada. Learn more about the benefits of rainwater harvesting, things rainwater could be used for, storing rainwater, rain barrels, cisterns, and many more.
Donaldson, S. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-24
Low Impact Development in Northern Nevada: Soil Considerations
This fact sheet contains information on soil considerations for low impact development (LID) in Northern Nevada. Learn more about the benefits of good soil, soil compaction, soil properties, soil biology, soil compaction, and many more.
Donaldson, s. and Hefner, M. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-23
soils
Nevada’s Soils – Worth the Toil
Often, gardeners focus on the plants in their landscape. However, successful plants rely on healthy soils to support them. This factsheet is about learning more about soil to help you develop a beautiful and productive garden or landscape.
Hefner, M., Skelly, J., and Donaldson, S. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-14
Pesticide Risk Assessment: Understanding Signal Words on Pesticide Labels
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assesses risk by looking at the toxicity of the pesticide and the likelihood that you will be exposed to that pesticide. The following information will help you understand and reduce risks when using pesticides.
Donaldson, S. and Hefner, M. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-37
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Pest Control Operator
Many pest problems can be controlled by the homeowner using a combination of preventative measures, good sanitation and general-use pesticides. Occasionally, a pest problem becomes too large or too complex and homeowners elect to seek outside pest control assistance by hiring a pest control professional.
Donaldson, S., Hefner, M., Carpenter, J., and Lawrence, L. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-10-07
nematode
Root-Knot Nematode
Root knot nematode is a microscopic roundworm that attacks the roots of many garden plants, killing them. They are not easy to control, but this fact sheet gives guidance for the homeowner.
O’Callaghan, A., Robinson, M.L., and Haas, S. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-24
Using Preemergence Herbicides for Weed Control in the Home Landscape
Practical tips for using preemergence herbicides correctly in the home landscape, including how preemergence herbicides work and risks to consider when making a preemergence herbicide application. A list of common preemergence products is included.
Donaldson, S. and Skelly, J. 2011, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 11-67
What to Consider Before Using Soil Sterilant or “Bare-ground” Herbicides
This fact sheet contains information on things to consider before using soil sterilant or “Bare-ground” herbicides so that gardeners, landowners or property managers are awake of the effects before using the herbicides. Learn about the properties of soil sterilants, sample label language, and many more.
Skelly, J. and Donaldson, S. 2011, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-69

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