Ithaca Events


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

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, 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 10 am, members’ homes or Windsor Community House, 107 Main Street, Windsor.



Frequent host

CBG: Cornell Botanic Gardens, formerly known as Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire ahead for meeting locations. 607/255-2400;

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

• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.

January 29 – February 12: Sketching in the Greenhouse, 3 Sundays, 1 – 4:30 pm. Participants will hone their observation skills as they draw a variety of native and tropical plants. Plant production facility and greenhouses, Plant Science Building. All ability levels. Ages 12 and older. $108 members; $120 non-members. Registration required. CBG

January 29 – March 5: Sketching & Painting in the Greenhouse, 6 Sundays, 1 – 4:30 pm. Reduced fee for combining Sketching in the Greenhouse, see January 29 – February 12, and Painting in the Greenhouse, see February 19 – March 5. $194 members; $216 non-members. Registration required. CBG

February 9 – April 27: Master Composter Volunteer Training, 10 Thursday evenings. Classes include compost topics (bins, science & uses) and education topics (effective teaching, lesson planning). Trainees also learn from outside-of-class projects and volunteering in the community. Apply online: Contact: Adam Michaelides, 607/272-2292 x124. CCE/TOM

February 12: Winter Botany, 2 – 4 pm. Field botanist Robert Wesley will cover the basics of identifying trees by their bark including color, texture and pattern as well as the processes that give rise to these traits. He will also cover fruit, twigs, branching patterns and other characteristics that aid in species identification. Outdoor session, dress appropriately. $10 members; $12 non-members. Registration required. CBG

February 15: Bokashi Compost Workshop, 7 – 8:30 pm. The bokashi method of handling food scraps involves natural fermentation, the liquid produced can be used to water houseplants while the food scraps can be composted or buried in the soil to finish. FROG Common House, Ithaca Eco Village, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca. Materials plus suggested donation. Registration required. CCE/TOM

February 15 – March 29: Seed to Supper Volunteer Training, 5 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This five-part training program will prepare Seed to Supper volunteer educators to teach free vegetable gardening classes to beginners throughout Tompkins County. Free. Registration required. CCE/TOM

February 19 – March 5: Painting in the Greenhouse, 3 Sundays, 1 – 4:30 pm. Participants will learn how to improve composition, enhance values and stretch use of color as they discover a variety of plants. Class will visit the plant production facility, the tropical greenhouses of the Ken Post facility and the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. All ability levels. Ages 12 and older. $108 members; $120 non-members. Registration required. CBG

March 1 & 8: Be Part of the Cycle – Compost!, 1:30- 2:30 pm. Class #1 will cover compost 101/basic techniques, class #2 will cover the science of composting and some applications. Participants may attend one or both classes. $10 per class. Registration required: Tammy Dunn,; 273-1511 x231. Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca. CCE/TOM

March 10 – 11: Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium, Friday, 8 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 8:30 am – 4 pm. Landscape Fundamentals in a Changing World. Two days of seminars and talks focusing on the role of native species in our landscapes and how native plants, birds, pollinators, landscapes and environments are doing in our dynamic and rapidly changing world. $120 Friday; $100 Saturday; $205 both days. Registration required.

March 13: Commercial Production of Chinese Medicinal Herbs, 6 – 8 pm. High Falls Foundation has received funding from the New York State Farm Viability Institute to form a group of farmers throughout the state to begin production of Chinese medicinal herbs on a commercial scale. This presentation will provide information to farmers and growers that may want to explore this opportunity further. Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green Street Ithaca. $5-$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM



March 25: Spring Worm Composting Class, 10 am – 12 pm. Vermicomposting is an indoor system that uses worms to produce rich compost. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to build and care for a bin. Each paying household will go home with a starter bin and worms. $10 per household. Registration required. CCE/TOM

• April 23: Compost Fair, 12 – 4 pm. See and experience all aspects of composting. Teams of Master Composters will be on hand to answer questions. Enjoy music, food, interactive displays, activities for kids and continuous tours of the compost demonstration site. Free. CCE/TOM

May 20: Plant Sale, 9 am – 2 pm. Presented by Tompkins County Master Gardeners. Ithaca High School, 1401 N Cayuga Street, Ithaca. 607/272-2292;;

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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 :)


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


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