Ithaca Events

updated on 3/4/19


Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (ACNARGS) meets the third Saturday of the month (except in summer) at 1pm, Whetzel Room, 404 Plant Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca. Meetings are open to all. 607/269-7070;;

Auraca Herbarists, an herb study group, usually meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca. Brownbag lunch at noon followed by the program and herb of the month. Field trips during the growing season. All are welcome. Contact: Pat Curran,

Elmira Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month, April–December, at 6pm, 426 Fulton Street, Elmira. Annual plant sale, workshops, monthly meetings, local garden tours and community gardening services. Contact: Karen Coletta, 607/731-8320.

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Unitarian Church annex, corner of Buffalo & Aurora, Ithaca. Enter side door on Buffalo Street & up the stairs. 607/257-4853.

Windsor NY Garden Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10am, members’ homes or Windsor Community House, 107 Main Street, Windsor.


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CCE/TOM: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County,615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850. 607/272-2292 x146;;

F- Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.

S- Indicates plant sales.

T- Indicates garden tours.

March 14: PLANT STNY Education Day, 7:30am–5pm. NYSNLA Region 8 Southern Tier Nursery & Landscape Association. Location: Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca.

March 17–April 7: Drawing in the Greenhouse – An Introduction to Sketching, four Sundays, 1–4:30pm. A progressive series of black and white exercises set among tropical plants and perennials in the Plant Production Facility. The last class will introduce color at the Liberty Hide Bailey Conservatory. Open to all ability levels, ages 12 to adult. $170 members; $185 non-members. Registration required. Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca. 607/254-7430;;

March 21: Vernal Equinox Walk – Searching for Spring, 12–1:30pm. Guided nature walk in the Mundy Wildflower Garden. Includes stairs and the potential for muddy spots. Meet: Nevin Welcome Center. $5–10 suggested donation. Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca. 607/254-7430;;

March 23: Yard ‘n Garden Day, 9am–12:30pm. Three talks. Brian Eshenaur, CCE Monroe Ornamentals IPM Educator: Landscaping with Native Plants in Our Region. Laura Bailey, CCE Yates Natural Resources Educator: Spotted Lanternfly. Valerie Stern: Decorative Outdoor Flower Container Gardening for All Seasons. Includes vegetable seed packets, door prizes, refreshments. Location: Yates County Auditorium, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan. $15. Registration required. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Yates County. 315/536-5123;

F- March 23: Worm Composting Workshop, 10am–12pm. Learn about vermicomposting, the process of composting with worms, and how to care for your bin. Each paying household will go home with a starter bin and worms. $10 per household. Registration required. CCE/TOM

March 28: Spring into Gardening, 9am–4:30pm. Choose from nine different workshops: Tool Sharpening Clinic; Identifying and Managing Late Blight; Gardening with Children; Freezing Your Garden Fruits and Vegetables; Familiar and Uncommon Annual Flowers; Unusual Fruits and Perennial Vegetables for the Ithaca Area; Compost Techniques for Every Lifestyle; Gardening for Butterflies and Bees; Growing Staple Crops in the Home Garden. $8 per class; $25 for 4 classes. Registration required. CCE/TOM

April 9: Invasive Species Basics for the Home Gardener, 6:30pm. Patty Wakefield-Brown will discuss identification of common invasives, environmentally friendly methods of eradication and recommended alternative plants. Email description of any specific questions in advance: Presented by Moravia Area Garden Club. Free. Moravia Fire Hall, 38 Keeler Avenue, Moravia.

April 15: Tree Selection & Plant Care, 7–8:30pm. Part of Citizen Pruner Volunteer Program(below), open to the public. $7-$15 sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM

April 15–29: Citizen Pruner Volunteer Program, 3 Mondays, 7–8:30pm. Volunteers help to maintain street trees and shrubs in the City of Ithaca, May–October. Training sessions: Tree Selection & Plant Care; Training & Pruning Trees; Pruning Shrubs. May 6: Hands-on Pruning, additional $5. $20. Registration required. CCE/TOM

April 22: Training & Pruning Trees, 7–8:30pm. Part of Citizen Pruner Volunteer Program(above), open to the public. $7-$15 sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM

F- April 28: Compost Fair, 12–4pm. Music, food, interactive displays, activities for kids, continuous tours of compost demonstration site. Master Composters will be on hand to answer questions. Free. CCE/TOM

April 29: Pruning Shrubs, 7–8:30pm. Part of Citizen Pruner Volunteer Program (above), open to the public. $7-$15 sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM

May 6: Hands-on Pruning, 5:30–7pm. Part of Citizen Pruner Volunteer Program(above), open to the public. $5. Registration required. CCE/TOM


S- May 18: Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Shop organically grown vegetable transplants & heirloom varieties, annuals, herbs, specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses, fruit crops. Free soil pH testing, educational exhibits, information. Location: Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. CCE/TOM

June 11: Native Plants – Identifying, Choosing & Propagating for the Home Gardener, 7pm. Michael Hannen, native plant grower & garden planner, and Ellen Foults of Amanda’s Garden will discuss identifying native plants, choosing the correct plants and propagation for the home gardener. Additional: Guided Native Plant Walk, 5:30pm; Native Plant Sale. Proceeds benefit Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park, event co-sponsor with Moravia Area Garden Club. Free.

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Joanna Green July 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

August 15, 2015, 2-5pm: GROUNDSWELL’s Good Afternoon at the Good Life Farm includes cider tastings (for children and adults) and gourmet local food boards, tours of the new Finger Lakes Cider House brewery and the farm, old time music, games and an auction of local sustainable products! Tickets at


Grace Maxon-Clarke April 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

May 1st – 3rd : Designing Edible Ecosystems at SUNY Oswego (Oswego,N.Y.) with Ecologist and Author, Dave Jacke. For more information and to register go to or

Thanks for sharing :)


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