How Does a Master Gardener’s Garden Grow?

Do you have a garden to brag about? Have you ever wondered how other high desert gardeners achieve such great gardens and landscapes? Let your landscape shine, and see behind the scenes of northern Nevada’s best gardens. Participate in the Master Gardener Garden Tour.

The tour is hosted by Rail City Garden Center. It is a fundraising event which supports University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Washoe County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The tour is an important event for the program. Since the University does not have enough greenhouse space for Master Gardener Volunteers to grow plants to sell at their Master Gardener Plant Faire Extravaganza, the tour is now the program’s only fundraiser.

This means that tour goers not only have the opportunity to share their knowledge with others and learn tips and tricks from experienced area gardeners, they’ll also support a worthwhile cause.

This year’s tour will be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., August 19-20. There are two ways to participate. You can showcase your own edible or ornamental garden and landscape, or you can go on the tour. If you go on the tour, the experience is customizable. You can visit as few or as many gardens as you would like during the event, go at your own pace and bring the family.

Tickets are $20 for one person and $30 for two people. Children under age 12 are free. Tickets include entry wristbands and a full-color tour guidebook.

To register your garden or to purchase tickets to go on the tour, visit Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way in Sparks.

For more information about the Rail City Garden Center, visit For more information about the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program, visit To donate to the Master Gardeners, visit or

Are you going to participate in the tour this year? Let me know in the comments.

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