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Free volunteer training at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum

By February 27, 2013

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This free, four week course covers the basics of gardening and plant life for volunteers who help care for Washoe County's arboretum and public gardens at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Rancho San Rafael Park, Wilbur D. May Arboretum, Reno, Nevada, NV
Wilbur D. May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nevada.
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Classes during March will cover a variety of horticulture and volunteer activities, from plant and soil care to garden tours. The first class is 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 and classes are scheduled for every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning during the month of March. Space is limited and the registration deadline is March 1. Contact Regional Parks Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans at (775) 823-6525 or email devans@washoecounty.us to register for the training. Classes meet in the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno.

Note that you don't necessarily need to be a volunteer to take these free classes. Topics include local soil conditions, vegetable gardening, what plants grow best, local pests, plant diseases and much more. Get more details by visiting the class schedule on the Washoe County website.

Source: Washoe County Parks press release.

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