REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
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; acnargs.org; facebook.com/acnargs.
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. windsorgardengroup.suerambo.com.
CLASSES / EVENTS
BAK: Bakers’ Acres, 1104 Auburn Road (Route 34), Groton, NY. 607/533-4653; bakersacres.net.
CCE/TOM: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850. 607/272-2292; firstname.lastname@example.org; ccetompkins.org.
• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
March 16: Gardening for Native Bees & Butterflies, 6:30–8:30pm. Learn to select plants that will thrive when planted in the correct conditions, whether sun or shade, clay or sand, dry or wet and will provide shelter and food for pollinators. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM
March 19: High Tunnel Tour, 1pm. Learn about high and low tunnels, plastic-enclosed growing areas that rely on sunlight and captured heat to grow hardy greens. Tour will showcase the remaining veggies planted in the fall and recently started seedlings. $7. Registration required. CCE/TOM
March 19: Growing Orchids Naturally, 1–3pm. Orchid grower and author Barbara Schmidt will discuss the adaptations orchids have that allow them to grow without soil. Participants will mount an orchid on a piece of cork bark to take home. $30 members; $33 non-members. Registration required. Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca. 607/255-2400; cornellbotanicgardens.org.
March 24: Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, 10am–12pm. Beginners will learn about garden siting, soil preparation, seed starting, transplanting, mulching, container gardening and easy vegetable plants to try first. Registration required. CCE/TOM
• March 25: Spring Worm Composting Class, 10am–12pm. 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
March 25: Basic Fruit Tree Pruning Seminar, 1–3pm. Jim Eve will cover the purpose of pruning and the fundamentals of fruit tree growth and fruit production. He will also coach participants on how to decide what cuts to make and how much to take off of the tree. Indoor class followed by outdoor hands-on session. $15. Registration required by March 22. BAK
March 26: Community Seed Share, 11am–2pm. Learn seed saving techniques and participate in hands-on demonstrations on starting seedlings indoors and beginner seed saving and cleaning. $5; free if you bring seeds to share. Registration required. CCE/TOM
March 31: Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, 6:30–8:30pm. See description under March 24. Registration required. CCE/TOM
April 1: Herbs and Birds Workshop, 1–3pm. Three ongoing stations with hands-on activities: Herbal Dish Garden, choose four herbs to plant in a clay bowl, $9/kit. Herbal Tea Making, make two unique blends to take home, $5/kit. Bird Seed Cakes, make three special cakes to feed the birds, $3/kit. $5. Registration required by March 28. BAK
April 2: Fruit Tree Pruning, 1–3pm. Orchardist Steve Cummins will demonstrate pruning and training techniques for young as well as mature fruit trees. Class takes place outdoors. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM
April 3–May 8: Landscape for Life, 5 Mondays, 6–9pm. Developed by the U.S. Botanical Garden and Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, this program shows participants how to work with nature no matter where they garden: city, suburbs or country. Learn how to create an attractive and sustainable landscape that is healthier for people, pets and the environment. $135 members; $150 non-members. Registration required. Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca. 607/255-2400; cornellbotanicgardens.org.
April 5: Seed Starting for Beginners, 6:30–8:30pm. Participants will learn to construct a simple PVC light stand to grow seedlings under lights and will gain hands-on experience sowing and transplanting different types of seeds and seedlings to take home for their own gardens. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM
April 19: Make a Bee Hotel for Native Pollinators, 6:30–8:30pm. Jacob Johnston from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology will give a presentation on the life cycle of native solitary bees and will share how to make a bee hotel to attract them to the garden. Materials included. $10. Registration required. CCE/TOM
April 22: Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, 10–11:30am. Pat Curan, Cornell Cooperative Extension, will help beginning vegetable gardeners learn about garden siting, soil preparation, seed starting, transplanting, mulching, container gardening and easy veggies to try growing. Tomato issues such as late blight resistant varieties and determinate versus indeterminate will also be covered. $10. Registration required by April 19. BAK
• April 23: Compost Fair, 12–4pm. 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
April 26: Indigenous American Cropping Systems, 6:30–8:30pm. Jane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora), Associate Professor in Horticulture, will give a presentation about Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) agriculture and the productivity of Indigenous cropping systems. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM
April 29: Native Bee Workshop, 10am–12pm. Cornell PhD students will teach participants about the different kinds of native bees and how they impact orchard pollination. Class will be held outdoors in the apple orchard and woods. Date may change according to bloom timing. $10. Registration required by April 26. BAK
May 10: Using Native Plants in the Garden for the Birds, 6–8pm. Learn which native plants support birds best and are appropriate for the garden. Includes online resources and an outdoor tour of the Native Plant Garden. Registration required. CCE/TOM
May 11: Indigenous Staple Crops for Your Garden, 6:30–8:30pm. Learn how to grow indigenous American staple crops such as pinto and black beans, potatoes, winter squash and flint corn. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM
SAVE THE DATE…
May 18: No-Dig Soil Prep Techniques, 6:30–8:30pm. Hands-on class will demonstrate techniques such as sheet composting and Irish ‘lazy beds’. $5–$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM
May 20: Garden Fair Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Presented by Tompkins County Master Gardeners. Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. CCE/TOM