Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the green industry of southern Nevada. The program uses the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the companies and municipalities because correct practices are being implemented. Students that are planning to or are now taking other classes to improve their job skills are being surveyed.

Desert Bioscape classes developed to this point include:

  • An Introduction to Basic Principles of Desert Bioscape
  • An Introduction to Desert Living
  • Scouting the Landscape, A Practical Approach to Integrated Pest Management
  • Fertilizers and Soil Fertility, A Natural Approach
  • Palms, A Natural Choice for Water-efficient Landscapes in Southern Nevada
  • Wastewater Harvest and Treatment Utilizing Small Constructed Wetlands
  • Water Efficient Plants for Southern Nevada
 
News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
collection fruits from cactus plants
Pruning Cacti And Other Desert Succulents
Pruning is an important part of any landscape maintenance program, including Southwestern desert landscapes. Pruning plants such as cacti, yuccas, agaves and other succulents is simple, but requires some basic plant knowledge.
Robinson, M. L., O’Callaghan, A., and Anderson, J. 2016, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-16-01
wooden raised bed
Raised Beds Can Make Gardening Easier
How to use raised beds to make gardening easier!
O'Callaghan, A. 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-33

Learn more about the program's team

M.L. Robinson
Program Leader & Contact