Heirloom tomatoes
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Master Gardener Volunteers teach about various gardening topics.


Master Your Garden Educational Series

  • Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, July 1, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, September 2, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, November 4, 2023, 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 Trolley Building or in the Education Center.   Class size is limited, pre-registration is required.  Suggested donation: $5 per class.  Register by calling 585-798-4265.  Email klo54@cornell.edu for more details.

Feb 4: Wonderful Weeds with Master Gardener Jena Buckwell.  An exploration on how shifting our perception of weeds can improve our relationsip to the landscape and how we can learn to embrace tenacious, useful plants.  Recipes, samples, and take-home gift included.

Mar 4:  Functional Hedgerows with Master Gardener Jena Buckwell.  An introduction to the significance of diverse hedgerow plantings in ecosystem health with an emphasis on creating multipurpose hedgerows - edible, wildlife habitat, windbreak, etc - for landscapes of all sizes.  Seed packets included.

April 1: Summer Bulbs with Master Gardener Sue Starkweather-Miller.  Learn how to get a head start on dahlias and other summer blooming bulbs and tubers.  We will show you how to divide and pot up your overwintered Dahlia tubers!

May 6: Less Can Be More Lawn and Yard Care with Master Gardener Deb Roberts.  Yard care practices that increase sustainability, reduced or no mowing, native plants, etc.

June 3: Tomatoes with Master Gardener Mark Tucker.  Is it a fruit?  A vegetable?  Come find out!  Plus everything you need to know to grow tomatoes in your home garden.

July 1: Mason Bees with Michael Klepp, The Plant Man from Nature Teachers.  Mason/orchard bees are super efficient pollinators specifically for early spring flowering plants.  Come learn why they are our friends and allies!

Aug 5: Language of Flowers with Master Gardener Brenda Radzinski.  Take a step back in time and learn why people assigned different meanings to flowers during the Victorian Times.  Participants will be able to make a small bouquet to take home with specific flowers/herbs and their meanings. 

Sept 2: Plan, Prepare, Plant and Prosper with Trees and Shrubs with Master Gardener Michael Klepp.  Plants add beauty, help keep us healthy, and have many more benefits!  Come learn how to get the most from your trees and shrubs.

Oct 7: Edible Landscaping with Master Gardeners Kristina Gabalski and Lydia Fernandez.  Learn how to incorporate edible flowers, veggies, fruits, and wild plants into your landscape - recipes included!

Nov 4: Winter Sowing with Kathleen Contrino from CW Native Plant Farm.  Learn about native plants vs cultivars/nativars.  Discussion on why natives are important and show how to winter sow to grow native annuals, trees, and bushes, allowing nature to complete the cold stratification process.


Suggested $5 donation


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

Last updated January 4, 2023