Bumblebee on Zinnia
Image by Oakes

Master Gardener Volunteers teach about various gardening topics.


Master Your Garden Educational Series

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, July 6, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, August 3, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, September 7, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, October 5, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, November 2, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Master Gardener volunteers at 10am on the first Saturday of each month as they teach about various gardening topics.  All classes will be held at Orleans County CCE, either in the Education Center.   Class size is limited, pre-registration is required.  Suggested donation: $5 per class.  Register by calling 585-798-4265 or emailing klo54@cornell.edu.

Feb 3: A Mushroom Journey - Elaine Barnett, Heartland Organics.  How mushrooms are organically and sustainably cultivated for culinary and medicinal use.

March 2: Peony Support Hoops - MG Peggy Thomas. Learn how to make plant supports and trellis from vines. Each participant will be able to make their own Peony Hoop.

 April 6: Seed Saving - Eric Andrews, Heirloom Gardening Enthusiast, Highfield Joinery. Learn the basics of harvesting and saving seeds

May 4: Potatoes - MG Mark Tucker. Learn all about planting and growing potatoes.

June 1: Garden Tools and Care - MG Eileen Sorochty. Learn Master Gardener's favorite tools and how to select the best tool for your gardening needs. We will also show you how to care, sharpen and maintain your tools.

July 6: Beneficial Bug-o-rama - MG Michael Klepp and MG Peggy Thomas. NY's 9-spotted lady beetle, parasitic wasps and more! Fun facts & practical tips for how to naturally attract these garden allies. Live, catch-and-release samples (if they agree to be caught!).

August 3: Pathways of Invasion into Your Garden - Rachel Taylor, WNY PRISM. Protecting our lands and waters starts in our own backyard. .. so let's explore how invasive species spread into (and out of) your garden, and what you can do about it! We'll look at examples such as spotted lanternfly, water hyacinth, jumping worms and more!

September 7: Beautiful, Beneficial Bats - Michael Klepp, Nature Teacher. Learn how these mosquito-munching, mango-making, magnificent manure-producing friends help you and your gardens!

October 5: Creating Resilient Landscapes - MG Jena Buckwell.  An exploration into how we can create landscapes that are designed to take on the challenges of the future and help us thrive as gardeners for years to come.

November2: Meet Your Mulch (Encore Presentation) - MG Jena Buckwell. Selecting the best mulch for your garden, detailing various mulch options available to help every home gardener create the robust, affordable, and environmentally friendly landscape they deserve. 


Suggested $5 donation


Katie Oakes
Horticulture Educator, Master Gardener & Master Food Preserver Program Coordinator
585-798-4265 ext. 125

Last updated January 29, 2024