Wednesday, September 22, 2010



 Four guided walks offered in October

What:   Fall Color Tours at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum

When:    5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2010

            10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2010

             5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010

          10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Where:  Meet at the May Arboretum Office in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park,1595 N. Sierra St.

Cost:    Free

Details:    (775) 785-4153.

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum offers a series of guided fall color walks during October. Horticulturist Bill Carlos and Arboretum volunteers lead two Friday evening and two Saturday morning tours showing how the Arboretum is home to a dynamic array of color during the changing of the season thanks to the garden's large variety of trees and shrubs.

All tours are free and last about one hour. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes.

"Fall is nature's last vibrant fling before settling down into winter," Carlos said. "This time of year we're lucky to live in the Sierra where summer's quiet green palette makes such a dramatic and beautiful transformation into the vivid reds, yellows, oranges and golds of autumn."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Volunteers Needed

Wilbur May Arboretum

All-age volunteer event to plant thousands of spring flowering bulbs on Saturday, October 2

Reno, Nevada. Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum is looking for volunteers of all ages to help plant thousand of spring flowering bulbs during Beautification and Planting Day from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

“This is a great volunteer opportunity for children,” Arboretum Horticulturist Bill Carlos said. “They’ll have fun planting the bulbs now and enjoy coming back in the spring to see all the color they helped to create.”

Beautification and Planting Day at the May Arboretum is sponsored, in part, by Rail City Garden Center, Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society and KKOH 780 News Talk Radio.

Those who want to help but cannot make it to the planting may sponsor bulbs through the Rail City. Sponsorships are $25 for 50 bulbs, $50 for 100 bulbs, or $100 for 200 bulbs. For more information, contact Bill Carlos at (775) 785-4153. Also Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society will be selling bulbs the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the May Arboretum.

To volunteer, please contact Stephanie D’Arcy at (775) 823-6514

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a living museum and active educational resource, illustrating how plant life adapts and survives in the rugged climate between the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin. The Arboretum was created in 1982 with funding from the Wilbur D. May Foundation. The Arboretum enjoys continued support from the Wilbur D. May Foundation, members of the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society and the community at large. For more information, call (775) 785-4512 or visit

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Visitor Center RSR Park

Fall Equinox Walk - Wed, Sept. 22, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

It's time to wind-down from the busy summer. Come celebrate and relax at the fall Equinox walking meditation at the Labyrinth garden. Join us in the twilight hours to learn about the healing and reflective qualities of these ancient gardens. Susan Stewart, Washoe County Librarian and Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society Volunteer.

Labyrinth Garden, RSR Park
Fall Garden Tours - Fri. Oct. 1, Sat. Oct. 9, Fri. Oct 15, & Sat. Oct 23.

Join Horticulturist Bill Carlos from the May Arboretum and Arboretum volunteers and for a series of fall walks though the gardens. Come and enjoy the dynamic fall colors. Friday tours begin at 5:30 pm, and Sat. tours begin at 10:00 am. weather permitting. Tours last one hour. Hiking shoes are suggested.