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20th Anniversary Yearbook


  • What project(s) are your currently involved with? What types of things do you do? Why did you choose this project? Why do you keep going back? What makes this project special?

    EVERYONE should be able to contribute to this Life Story since we’re all working on projects! Don’t be shy…share an experience, situation, remembrance. Help create our history.

    TAKE A PHOTO next time you meet. Email to Ann so we can document ALL our projects.

    To see photos of some current projects, click here.

  • E-mail your answer to Ann Edmunds



The UNLV Project

Our call for stories from Master Gardeners brought back memories of the many community projects our volunteers have worked on.  Here are comments about some of them, with links back to the question that inspired the comments.

Mary R.

Our first Master Gardener class consisted of 25 students. Everyone sat eagerly absorbed by the speaker of the day. As the classes neared their end, we were told that we had to think up community projects to become involved in, since we were a new Master Gardener organization to Las Vegas.

Master Gardeners working on the rose garden at UNLVOne speaker, Dennis Swartzell, who was then the supervisor of the arboretum at UNLV, had told us during his lecture that UNLV had a hiring freeze in place and as people left, they could not be replaced. He proposed that, if some Master Gardeners would agree to help at the grounds one morning a week, he would, in turn, provide an educational experience for us. And that is how one of our first community projects started, and continued for many years, even after Dennis retired from UNLV to pursue other interests.  (Click on photo of Master Gardeners working at UNLV, above, to enlarge it.)  Read her comments in full.

Dennis Swartzell at the UNLV Project, which he inspired.  Master Gardeners post at the UNLV Project after a day's hard work.  Master Gardeners in front of a newly planted garden that spells UNLV  A sign at the Marjorie Barrick Museum acknowledges the Master Gardeners' hard work  A Master Gardener plants five-gallon plants at UNLV.

Click on photo to enlarge.