Chapter Newsletter, August/September 2015
UCR Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program provides 50 hours of instruction in state of the art gardening information with emphasis on gardening in the desert. It is open to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and horticultural skills -- no previous experience necessary.
In return, Master Gardeners contribute 50 hours of approved volunteer time to promote best gardening practices in the community. In subsequent years, Master Gardeners get advanced training and visit unique garden and agricultural sites. They continue to provide the community with volunteer activity.
Attend the information session on September 30
from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Center. Classes are taught by experts in their fields and will be held on Wednesdays mornings starting in November 2015 and ending in March 2016. Visit the Master Gardener Website for an application and additional details about this exciting program.
Vintage Associates Inc. / DHSCV 2014 Scholarship Winners
At the October 18th Desert Garden Community Day we awarded five outstanding College of the Desert students in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management $4000 in scholarships. This is the fourth year for the Vintage/Desert Horticulture Scholarships. Originally founded by the Vintage Associates -- The Desert's Garden Center -- and now a cooperative effort of Vintage and the Desert Horticulture Society of the Coachella Valley the scholarships are provided to encourage students towards careers in horticulture and landscape. A total of $15,000 has been provided over four years based on academic achievement, community service and need. The Desert Horticulture Society is proud to partner with Greg Gritters of the Vintage Associates and Jeff Place of the College of the Desert.
We were thrilled to provide the scholarships this year at the Living Desert, our new home for the annual Desert Garden Community Day. Joining our scholarship winners - Michael Brown, Pater Sartor, Rafael Chaidez, Luis Lopez and Jorge Salcido are the Desert Horticulture Society’s President Mary Brent Wehrli, Lisa Middleton, Jeff Place from the College of the Desert and Al Hollinger of Vintage Associates.