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The High Desert Gardener
           February 1, 2018: Volume 02.18
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Contact Information:  Email us at
Moana Lane Garden Center 
The Florist, Greenhouse & Gift Shop   
1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno

S. Virginia St. Garden Center  
Outdoor Living, Tree Land & Moana Rock 
11301 S. Virginia St., Reno 

New Location - opens February 5th 
Pyramid Way Garden Center 
Sparks/Spanish Springs Nursery
3397 Pyramid Way, Sparks
Winter Store Hours  
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At all three locations including all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, Tree Land & Moana Rock.

The Florist at Moana Lane is closed Sunday (except before Valentine's Day, Mother's Day & Easter Sunday) but great arrangements are available in the cooler and orders taken by nursery teammates.
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Landscape & Design Center
Water-Wise Irrigation, Ha
rdscapes, Maintenance & Water Features
1190 W. Moana Lane, Reno
775-825-0602 X 134
NV Lic. #3379 A, D
CA Lic. #317448
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Feature Products:
For planting success, we recommend using these three products when planting or transplanting all plants:
Superthrive, G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner and G&B Organics Starter or All Purpose Fertilizers 

Weeping Pussy Willow

Mugo Pine

Gladiolus Tampico

Jersey Sumpreme Asparagus

Cherry Red Organic Seed Potatoes

Pineberry White Carolina Strawberry


Getting Colder ... the birds like this Junco could use your help.
Plantable Pots
Grow More Orchid Food
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Our farm - growing high desert trees, shrubs & perennial plants (grow back after winter).

Don't forget Wednesday, February 14th  
Relocation of our Sparks store is almost ready to reopen Monday, February 5th. We are excited to show off a bigger, better garden center with more selection, a huge greenhouse & an expanded Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop. Hand writing inscription We ve Moved with marker concept Sparks Pyramid Way Garden Center Nursery
3397 Pyramid Way ..... (775) 425-4300  

Timely, Local High Desert Tips
Now is the time to ...  
Mother Nature has been stingy with her rain & snow this year. Check soil moisture around all your plants; with the relatively dry winter and spotty precipitation, you may find dry areas around at least some of your plants. Water accordingly.
Participate in the 21st Annual Great Back Yard Bird Count February 16-19, 2018 - a great family activity. Please visit the official website at and be sure to check out the latest educational and promotional resources.
  • Put out apple pieces, raisins soaked in water, grapes & other fruit in hanging fruit feeders or open trays to attract American robin, cedar waxwing, finches & mockingbirds.
  • Provide birds with a supply of high fat, high calorie foods like nyjer, peanuts, Premium Blend seed, and suet to help them stay warm. These foods are especially important when there is a heavy snowfall.
  • Continue to supply fresh water in a heated birdbath or add a de-icer to a frost-proof birdbath to ensure a steady supply of water.
  • Start seeds for spring & summer-blooming annuals, vegetables and perennials. Follow the directions on individual seed packet requirements for bottom heat, light or darkness. Some seeds might require a short period of chilling before being sown.
  • To prevent weeds, apply Bonide Weed Preventer or Amaze pre-emergent herbicide to planting beds when you see early signs of spring such as crocus emerging or forsythia blooming.
  • Prune fruit trees & deciduous (their leaves fall off) trees NOW until their buds swell..
  • Inspect trees for frost cracks and sunscald injury.
Did you know our Plant Doctors are all certified arborists and they offer three horticulture consulting services?
  • At-Your-Site Planning, Diagnostic & Design Assistance - high desert expertise tailored to your property & needs: $125 for first hour; $50 for each additional 30 minute block
  • At-Your-Site House Call for an on-site diagnosis: $50 for 30 minute visit to diagnose a specific issue. Customer need not be present.
  • In-Store Consultation: $40 for 30 minute visit - dedicated time with a plant doctor. Bring pictures, plant samples and questions to the store.
For more details contact the plant doctor at the store nearest you:
Jon Bruyn at 825-0602 x118 or
Lisa Braginton at 825-0602 x104 or
Steve Packer at 853-1319 x 225 or
Michelle Gilmore at 425-4300 x303 or

Rewards Member Only February 2018 Specials:
15% Savings on
Seed Starting Supplies*  
* Excludes seeds & soil; Regular priced and in stock. 
  • Bonide Rooting Powder
  • HydroFarm Jump Start Greenhouses
  • Peat Pellets
  • Seedling Trays & Heat Mats
  • Humidity Domes
  • Hand Seeders 
  • Plantable Pots
Attention Moana Nursery Rewards Members:
Rewards Certificates were mailed January 9th. Think you earned one but didn't get it? Please contact immediately. Remember, the amount of your reward is based on retail purchases only from July thru December 30, 2017, with a minimum purchase of $100 to earn a Rewards Certificate.
           All certificates expire on February 28, 2018
To view the 2017 brochure and read about eligibility, or to see the new 2018 program, please click here.

New Arrivals:
Redhaven Peach Tree

Fruit Trees: Apples, Peaches & Pears
Trees: Weeping Pussy Willow 
Shrubs: Flowering Almond & Quince, Mugo Pine.
Annuals:  'Frizzle Sizzle Mix' Pansies,'Supernova Mix' and 'Danessa Mix' Primrose, 'Chequered Mix' Fritillaria, 'Snowdrops' Galanthus.
Tubers & Bulbs: 'Peaches and Cream', 'Pulp Fiction' & 'Emory Paul' Dahlias, 'Green Star' & 'Tampico' Gladiolus.
Fruit & Veggies: 'Pineberry White Carolina' Strawberry, 'California' Garlic, 'Jersey Supreme' Asparagus, Organic Seed Potatoes: 'Cherry Red', 'Yukon Gold', 'Purple Majesty'.
Certified Organic Edible Seeds: New Vendor - Territorial Seed Co. is a family-owned business located in Cottage Grove, OR.

Chequered Mix Fritillaria
Snowdrops Galanthus
Green Star Gladiolus

Scarlet Storm Quince
Emory Paul Dahlias
Pulp Fiction Dahilia
Peaches and Cream Dahilia
California Garlic

Purple Majesty Organic Seed Potatoes
Danessa Mix Primpose

Summercrisp Pear Tree
Honeycrisp Apple Tree
Flowering Almond
Supernova Mix Primrose
Frizzle Sizzle Mix Pansies

Valentine's Day is Wednesday, February 14
As you think of the many gifts you could purchase for your significant other this Valentine's Day, don't forget about the classic floral arrangement. Flowers make it easy to convey your feelings with one special gesture. Here are five reasons to send flowers this Valentine's Day.
1. Tradition - Traditionally flowers are considered the most romantic and ideal gift.
2. Reflection of Significant Other's Beauty - Receiving flowers is one of the highest forms of flattery.
3. Romantic Gesture - Be a hero by giving flowers that will add romance to your gift.
4. Accessibility - If you're away from your loved one this Valentine's Day, flowers are the perfect way to show your thoughtfulness from a distance.
5. Uplifting - Flowers bring warmth and comfort into an environment.
To find the perfect flowers to convey your feelings for your loved ones, visit our website: or call 775-825-0671. Order early for best selection!

New from G&B Organics -- Eden Valley Blend Potting Soil with BIOCHARmax
Recommended for indoor and outdoor containers, ideal for seed starting and rooting, too.

New Handcrafted Glass Art
We are excited to introduce glassblowing artist, Luke Adams.  Luke honed his glassblowing technique at the Massachusetts College of Art.  Today, he molds his unique molten medium into colorful one-of-a-kind glass objects.  In February, we are featuring his hearts in two different sizes.  The smaller hearts can be made into a necklace, and both sizes can be used as sun catchers, a paperweight or given as a treasured work of art.

Carmel's February High Desert Bird of the Month:  
Cedar Waxwings   
Scientific name: Bombycilla cedrorum   
Cedar Waxwings are sleek, masked birds with unusual red, waxy deposits at the tips of their secondary feathers. They are cinnamon-colored, with grayish wings and tails and yellow terminal tail-bands. They have distinctive crested heads, black throats, and black masks lined with white. Their bellies have a yellowish tinge, and their undertail coverts are white. Juveniles are mottled gray-brown, and have black masks and yellow tail-bands. The red feather-tips increase in number and size as the bird ages.
Cedar Waxwings inhabit open, lowland woodlands with shrubs and small trees, especially when berry-producing shrubs are present. They are often found in streamside woods and avoid the forest interior. They are common in forest clearings, wetlands, edges, residential areas, orchards, and stands of Russian olive.
They are social birds that you're likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.

Click here to read the rest of Carmel's informative articles and more on local birds at  
Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited newsletter.  

To Attract More Birds, Add a Heated Birdbath or De-icer
Both offer a convenient way to provide necessary water to your backyard birds. Birds need fresh water not only to drink but also to bathe and keep feathers clean.  Made of a durable plastic, these bird bath work in cold weather conditions and will not crack if frozen. Their sides are sloped so birds can move to their desired depth for bathing. The texture of the dish provides grip for birds' as they move through the water.

Wild Birds Unlimited Wheel of Fortune - Back by Popular Demand
February 1-28, 2018
Purchase a Large Bug, Nut & Berry Cylinder or a No Mess Cylinder to qualify for a spin 
and become a winner! 

Freshest Bird Seed in Town
Red Hot Prices for February 
  • 20 lb. Deluxe Blend  21.99 reg. / 18.99 sale
  • 20 lb. Supreme Blend  24.99 reg. / 21.99 sale

Super Moss Products
Super Moss is a family owned business in Santa Barbara, CA that uses sustainably procured moss and gives back a portion of their proceeds to For The Planet.  Moana Nursery carries their Spanish moss which grows in a spaghetti-like fashion & is used indoors to cover soil retaining moisture, dress up a container plant, or use as a filler for gift baskets or wreath making.  Their sphagnum moss is a great indoor soil amendment that provides water to the roots according to the plant's needs.  It is most often used as a top layer on potted plants like orchids. Many other products are used by the Florist at Moana for arrangements - moss wrapped purses, boots, bowls and more.

Bree's Plant of the Month:  Dahlias   
One of the biggest and most spectacular garden bloomers, Dahlias come in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes and will bloom from mid-summer right through fall. They are incredibly easy to grow, though we must wait until the chance of frost is gone to plant the Dahlia tuber (like a bulb). These bright beauties also make wonderful cut flowers.   

Bree's February Gardening Tips:
  • Cover tender plants that might start to grow early, especially if the forecast calls for cold weather.
  • Most perennials can be divided and moved up until the time they begin to show new growth.
  • Start seeds for Lobelia, Ageratum, Verbena, Petunias, Vinca & other slow growing plants indoors at the end of the month.
  • Plant Rhubarb, Horseradish, Asparagus and Artichokes in the ground this month.

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business  
Our Seasonal Color Team specializes in creating custom container designs year round to complement the season. They would also be happy to assist you with a variety of maintenance projects that you may have to keep your home or business looking great during these winter months.
For information or estimates on any of our services, call 825-0602 x134. 
  • Plant Based Garden Design, Installation and Maintenance
  • Specialty Gardens
  • Annual Bedding Color
  • Custom On-Site Exterior Container Plantings
  • Potting Shed Drop-Off Container and Event Services
  • Seasonal and Holiday Decorating
Interior Plant Services:  
Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects   
We provide three interior plant service programs - - you can buy, rent or lease. For a free consultation with Vicky Ross, interior plant design & maintenance manager, call 825-0602 x 134.

Events, Seminars & Workshops: 
February 2-4: Orchid Show, Sale & Seminars
Seminars ..... Orchid Society of Northern Nevada:
Show & Sale - inside Moana Lane Garden Center   Members of the Orchid Society will exhibit some of their rare plants and be available to answer questions about orchids and the orchid society. They will also offer an intriguing selection of orchids for sale.
                  Friday, Feb. 2:   9 AM - 5 PM
                  Saturday, Feb. 3:   9 AM - 5 PM
                  Sunday, Feb. 4: 10 AM -- 2 PM
February 3:  Orchid Growing Basics at 10 AM
Join OSSN member Peter Gulash for this informative "how to grow" class and learn tips and tricks to grow and bloom beautiful plants in northern Nevada - from windowsills to greenhouses. Don't miss this always popular seminar.
February 4: Orchid Potting   Noon - 1 PM
Christine Iwahashi, OSSN member, will demonstrate the best techniques for successfully repotting any species of orchid. (Demonstration only, please do not bring plants for repotting.)
February 10:   No seminar
February 17: The Art and Science of Woody Plant Pruning 10-11 AM                                    
For beginner to advanced gardeners, we will provide a thorough review of techniques to produce healthy, strong and long-living trees and shrubs. Learn methods to repair broken limbs & storm damage, or simply to restore the natural beauty of your trees and shrubs. This seminar is an excellent source of information to see whether your trees and shrubs are being pruned correctly. Jon Bruyn, one of our Certified Arborists and Plant Doctors with over thirty years' experience in northern Nevada, will present this one hour long seminar. 
Questions on a specific plant in your yard? Bring an 8 X 11 paper printed picture of one tree or shrub in your yard; after the seminar Jon will discuss with you how to prune your plant. This will be a first come first serviced and limited to one plant.
February. 24: How to Select and Care for Houseplants 10-11 AM
Join our greenhouse manager Michelle Cartnick to learn how to select houseplants for your home or office and how easy it is to keep them alive and even thrive. Take advantage of this opportunity to find out how houseplants can make you healthier and happier. A tour of the greenhouse will follow the seminar.
February 24: Succulent Terrarium Workshop 2-3 PM in the Florist Shop at Moana Lane
Join our talented floral designer Daulton Williams for this lively workshop to learn how to create & care for a succulent terrarium. He will share design & care tips. Cost is $45 and includes all materials. Must sign up and pay workshop fee in advance at our Moana Lane store or you can call 825-0671 to register with a credit card. (No shows will not be refunded their money.) Class size is limited to 10 adults (minimum of 4). Workshop will be held in the Floral Department at Moana Lane.
All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane, in our Landscape and Design Center unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last one hour unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 15 minutes early as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit 
or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Winter ... a great time to plan and get more information.
And ... you can visit any time to get expert gardening information ...
  • High Desert Fact Sheets
  • Bi-weekly Timely Tips
  • Helpful High Desert Videos
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Seminars
  • Weekly Specials
  • High Desert Plant Finder & Guide 
  • And much more ...
An Updated, Local Tool For You ... Moana Nursery's Exclusive High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
  • Search and explore plants that thrive in our unique climate and region.
  • Build wish lists, learn about plant characteristics and find the perfect plants for you and your home.
  • Bring your wish list to your favorite Moana Nursery location and our expert staff will help with your choices.
  • Upgraded to be even better in 2017.
Available day & night on or click here.

Why Go Red For Women?
In the United States, cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 1 in 3 women each year. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health.
February 2: National Wear Red Day
February 2-28: In support of this year's Go Red For Women campaign, Moana Nursery teammates will be wearing a Go Red for Women pin and collecting donations at each store in clearly marked containers throughout the month.  We hope you'll join us in our efforts.
February 23: 14th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon
Downtown Reno Ballroom

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