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The High Desert Gardener
            May 1, 2018: Volume 05.18
Weed It and Reap! 
Contact Information:  Email us at
Moana Lane Garden Center 
The Florist, Greenhouse & Gift Shop   
1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno

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

New Sparks Location  
Pyramid Way Garden Center 
Sparks Nursery & Greenhouse
3397 Pyramid Way, Sparks

Store Hours   
Monday - Saturday:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday:  9 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
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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 Paradise Fertilizers 
Bluebird Nemesia

Juliet Orange Diascia

Cappuccino Astibe

Chioggia Beet

Avon Spinach


Marjoram Italian Oregano

Grow More Orchid Food
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Growing Cold Hardy, High Desert Trees, Shrubs & Perennials. Spring looks quite different!

The trees are happy to see spring come, too!

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Timely, Local High Desert Tips
Now is the time to ...             
  • Turn your irrigation system on now and increase watering times as temperatures rise. Check frequently for clogged and broken sprinkler heads and punctured or leaking drip lines.
  • Water at optimum time - when winds are calm and temperatures are cool and only when needed -- saturate root zones and let the soil dry.
  • Feed perennials, shrubs & trees if you have not done so this year.
  • Now's the time to put out oranges and grape jelly for orioles and Wild Birds Unlimited Hummingbird & Oriole Nectar for both hummingbirds and orioles. Be sure to change the nectar every few days so it doesn't spoil.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs (forsythia, lilacs, quince, almond, viburnum, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas) immediately after they bloom.
  • Begin to regularly pinch back fall-blooming perennials - mums, asters & tall sedums; pinch weekly until mid-July to promote stocky growth.
  • Deadhead (remove blooms) spring bulbs once they've finished flowering, but allow foliage to wither completely before removing.
  • Stake peonies to support blooms when they reach 10" in height.
  • Move dwarf citrus trees (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit & Kumquat) outside when night time temperatures remain above 45 degrees. Click here Care Sheet:

Rewards Member Only May 2018 Special:
15% Savings on All Perennial Groundcovers! 

Many Choices ... pictured are Ajuga, Irish Moss & Scotch Moss

View May Savings here.

To s
ee the 2018 Rewards program, please click here.

New Arrivals for high desert success:
Aunt Dee Wisteria

Fruit Tree: Miniature 'Pix Zee' Peach.

Vine: 'Aunt Dee' Wisteria.

Grass: 'Gold Bar' Maiden Grass.

Shrub: 'Gulfstream' Nandina.

Annuals - plant every year: Sun and Shade Hanging Baskets, Patio Color Bowls, 'Night Sky' & 'Pink Sky' Petunias, 'Juliet Orange' Diascia, 'Breathless White' Euphorbia, 'Bluebird' Nemesia, 'Lipstick' Salvia.

Perennials -plant once & enjoy year after year: 'Cherry Brandy' Gaura, California Fuchsia, 'Pink Grapefruit' Achillea, 'Cappuccino' Astilbe, 'Orange Skipper' Echinacea.

Veggies - 'Chioggia' Beet, 'Tango' Celery, 'Avon' Spinach.

Herbs - 'Florence' Fennel, Lovage, 'Marjoram' Italian Oregano.
Miniature Pix Zee Peach
Gold Bar Maiden Grass
Gulf Stream Nandina

Color Bowls
Sun & Shade Hanging Baskets
Night Sky Petunia
Pink Sky Petunia
Breathless White Euphorbia

Lipstick Salvia
Pink Grapefruit Achillea
Orange Skipper Echinacea

California Fuchsia
Cherry Brandy Gaura
Tango Celery
Florence Fennel

Celebrate Mother's Day with Help from The Florist at Moana Nursery  
A mother's love for her children is as tender as the petal of a flower, as sweet as the flower fragrance, as pure as a flower itself. Consider a flower gift to one's mother on this great day. Mother's Day symbolizes the tremendous appreciation we want to show our awesome moms!  The Florist at Moana Nursery has a beautiful selection of arrangements or our design team can customize a special arrangement for your mom. Visit our website: or call us at 775-825-0671.

Treat Mom with Luxurious Michel Design Works Bath & Body Products from Michel Design Works. 
Choose from four different scents and patterns sure to please a variety of unique moms.  All products are made with shea butter to moisturize skin and help to give mom a relaxing and soothing experience. Our four featured scents are Lemon Basil, Rosemary Lavender, Honey Almond, and Papillon, a gardenia and honeysuckle scent.

Handcrafted Local Bird Houses by Enzo Generali.

Beautiful and artfully constructed bird houses that are one-of-a-kind. These unique houses make great gifts, specialty d├ęcor items or functional additions to a backyard space. Available at all three locations.



Stella d'Oro Daylily singleSpecial Sale
May Only ...

Our most popular high desert perennial ...

Moana-grown #1  Stella d'Oro Daylily ...
Reg. 9.99 ... Now 4.99

Cannot be combined with other discounts. 

See all May Savings Here

Arizona Sun Gaillardia
Introducing Moana-grown "Best Value" Perennials ... 
  • #1 'Arizona Sun' Gaillardia 9.99
  • #1 'May Night' Salvia 9.99
  • #1 Sweet Woodruff  9.99
  • #1 'Creeping Red' Thyme  9.99
May Night Salvia 

Creeping Red Thyme
Sweet Woodruff 

Debbie's High Desert Shrub of the Month:

Lydia Broom

This dwarf shrub puts on a show of bright yellow blooms on numerous green arching branches. Semi-evergreen, grows to 1-2' X 3-4'. It's easy to grow, drought tolerant, once established; great for banks & rock gardens. Prune after flowering is done if needed.

Carmel's May High Desert Bird of the Month:  
Black-chinned Hummingbird   

Scientific name
: Archilochus alexandri        
Black-chinned hummingbirds are beginning to arrive in the area. They are named for the dark chin and throat of the male. When the light hits just right, the male shows a band of iridescent purple below the chin. Black-chinned is the only hummingbird to nest in our area, with the exception of Calliope hummingbird in nearby mountains.
As with many hummingbird species, the female Black-chinned is dull metallic green on the back and flanks and grayish-white below.   It is really difficult to pin down a female identification to a particular species as most female hummingbirds look very similar.
During courtship the male performs a "pendulum" display, flying back and forth in a wide "U" pattern, and makes whirring sounds on each dive. It is quite impressive to witness. The Black-chinned male may mate with more than one female, then he goes merrily on his way while the female builds a nest and has full responsibility for feeding the nestlings.

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.  

Moana Rock ... The Landscape Rock Superstore!

Specialized "Slinger Truck" Services ...
for fast and efficient spreading of many materials like crushed rock, gravel, road base, etc.

Ideal for:
  • Driveways.
  • Parking areas.
  • Construction and/or landscaping projects where large areas need to be covered.
  • Areas requiring rock fill which are inaccessible by other equipment.
The Slinger Truck uses a system of conveyors to "sling" rock into place, allowing large areas to be covered quickly. The ability to extend the conveyor to "sling" rock up to 25 feet from the truck box allows reach into otherwise inaccessible areas.
For further information regarding the Slinger Truck rock spreading service, please call the Moana Rock Business Team Leader at: (775) 691-1220 to schedule or learn more.
Moana Rock is located directly behind our South Virginia St. Garden Center.

High Desert Moana-Grown
Landscape Specials

20% Savings on Each:
#15 'Autumn Blaze' Maple (reg. 152)
#15 'Autumn Purple' Ash (reg. 152)
#5 'Little Devil' Ninebark (reg. 37)
#3 'Gold Flame' Spiraea (reg. 34)


Freshest Bird Seed in Town
Red Hot Seed Special 
21# Wild Bird Seed Block  24.99 reg / 21.99 sale

And ...

Buy 3 Get 1 for a Penny:

G&B Organics Harvest Supreme and/or      G&B Organics Planting Mix 

Any combination of G&B Organics Harvest Supreme 2 cu.ft. (reg. 14.99) and G&B Organics Planting Mix 2 cu.ft. (reg. 14.99)

Bree's Plant of the Month:                              Columbines (Aquilegia)      
There is nothing else quite like their unique, dangling bell-like shape flowers. Because they come in an array of colors - blue, orange, pink, purple, yellow, red & white - these easy-to-grow perennials are highly sought after garden plants. They also seed themselves around the garden. They are also deer resistant, low maintenance and attract birds.

Bree's Timely Gardening Tips for April:
  • Plant Dahlias, Gladiolas, Lilies, Cannas & other summer flowering bulbs this month.
  • Plant Gladiola bulbs at 2 week intervals until the first of July to provide cut flowers until the first frost.
  • Plant Delphiniums, Phlox, Daylilies, Carnations, Aubrietia, Candytuft, Basket of Gold, Primroses, Coral Bells, Saxifrage and other summer flowering perennials any time during May.
  • Petunias, Geraniums, Fuchsias and Impatiens should be ready to plant by mid-month, depending on our nighttime temperatures.
  • Plant peppers, tomatoes, beans, eggplant and other tender, warm season plants when danger of frost is over. Extend your growing season with Dalen Season Starters.

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business  
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   
Visit our new Pyramid Way Greenhouse to see examples of green walls and more of Vicky's work featured in this photo.
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.

Upcoming Events

May 5: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Arts & Craft Fair ... 9 AM - 3 PM at Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane.
Members will be selling candles, jewelry, artwork, scarves, lawn art, purses, backpacks and more. Proceeds help new teachers here at home get started and women educators worldwide advance their education via scholarships and grants.
May 12:  Junk the Junipers - Two Locations ... 8 AM to 1 PM  
May 19-20: High Desert Society Iris Show - - "Growing Up: Iris & Children's Classic Stories" at 1100 W. Moana Lane inside the Garden Center.
See below for details. 

Upcoming May Seminars & Workshops: 

May 5:  Organic Vegetable Gardening Made Simple                 Join Rebekah Stetson, owner of Sunny Day Organic Farms, to learn tips and techniques for the basic steps of creating and tending an organic garden.  From composting to living soil, seed starting to transplanting, season extending to pest management.  You'll leave prepared to successfully garden organically.  Rebekah has over 9 years' experience growing plants and animals organically, with success, in our arid high desert climate. Her delicious and sustainable ventures include Sunny Day Organic Farms and Labour of Love.
May 12: Mother's Day no seminar
May 19-20:  High Desert Iris Society Show
Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane - inside retail store
Saturday: 1- 6 PM:  10 AM - Noon    Seminar - see below
Sunday:   9 AM - 4 PM
Public is welcome to enter 'named' iris between 8 - 9:30 am for show.
May 19: "Growing Up: Iris"        10 AM - Noon
Presented by the High Desert Iris Society (HDIS), a Region 14 Affiliate of the American Iris Society.  Drop in any time - open house style.
Door prizes, refreshments; vote on iris displays - Floral, Educational and Photographic! 
Learn from High Desert Iris Society members as they present fast-paced topics for beginners and experts in context of "Growing Up: Iris." Joining a Garden Club like HDIS can help "grow up" our gardens.
Then visit the HDIS Annual judged iris flower show to see an amazing array of iris Saturday from 1 to 6 PM and Sunday, May 14 from 9 AM to 4 PM: Information: 762-9176.
May 19: Summer Container Workshop 2-3 PM at Moana Lane Garden Center
Join Moana Nursery Color Specialists Michelle Cartnick and Susan Freedman to learn the essentials of creating a living container plus design and planting tips you can apply anywhere in your garden.  You'll leave with a 10" dia. /3 gallon container for sun or shade complete with spillers, fillers and thriller which can easily be popped into an urn or pot your already own.
Workshop cost is $50 and includes all the materials necessary.  Must sign up and pay in advance at our Moana Lane store or you can call 825-0600 and register with your credit card.  (No shows will be not be refunded their money.)  Class size is limited to 20.  Registration closes Thursday, May 17 or when full, whichever comes first.  Bring your gloves or come early and purchase a pair.
May 26 - Memorial Day - no seminar
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

Relocated Sparks Pyramid Way Garden Center      
We are excited to show off our bigger, better garden center with more selection, a huge greenhouse & an expanded Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop.

        3397 Pyramid Way ... (775) 425-4300   
Easy Access with dedicated turn lanes on to Queen Way at the light, just north of the store, right into our expanded parking lot. 

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  • Search and explore plants that thrive in our unique climate and region.
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  • Bring your wish list to your favorite Moana Nursery location and our expert staff will help with your choices.
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Have you seen all our new "how to" videos? This one is "How to Plant a Tree in the High Desert" with our plant doctor Lisa. 
Follow this link below to all our videos which are designed for quick viewing and "how to" high desert assistance. We are adding to our video collection weekly so check back often:   

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