Ithaca Events

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updated on 3/8/20


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. June 18–20: Annual General Meeting, see Calendar (below). 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. Karen Coletta, 607/731-8320; Facebook.

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.


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

March 18: Planning Your Vegetable Garden, 6–8pm. Experienced vegetable gardeners will learn how to create a garden plan that includes timing on seeding, transplanting, succession planting, interplanting flowers & herbs and crop rotation. Planning styles discussed will include drawings, spreadsheets, journals and online programs. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

March 20: Vernal Equinox Walk—Searching for Spring, 12–1:30pm. Guided walk in the Mundy Wildflower Garden. Led by botanist Robert Wesley and Krissy Boys, gardener & native plant specialist. Cornell Botanic Gardens, Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, 124 Comstock Knoll Road, Ithaca. Free. 607/254-7430; 

March 21: Veggie Gardening 101, 10am–12:30pm. Beginning vegetable gardeners will learn how to site a garden, prepare the soil, start and transplant seeds, choose and use mulch, care for plants throughout the season and when to harvest produce. Class will also cover gardening in containers and some easy vegetables to try growing. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

March 25: Seed Starting, 6–8pm. Class will cover various starting techniques, recipes for making potting and fertilizer mixes, grow lights, heat mats and soil blocks. Participants will leave with a few starts to take home. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

March 29: Don’t Get Ticked, 2–3pm. Learn about the habitat, biology, identification and control of ticks plus the basics of what to do if you find a tick on your body. Location: Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca. Free; donations welcome. CCE/TOM 

April 1: Mason Bee Houses, 6–8pm. Jacob Johnston from Nature’s Touch Consulting will give a presentation on the life cycle of native solitary bees and will demonstrate how to make a bee hotel for the garden. Materials will be provided for participants to make one to take home. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

April 4: Climate Wise Gardening—An Earthkeeping Fair, 10am–3pm. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits, talks and films. Location: Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. Free. CCE/TOM 

April 6: Citizen Pruner Part 1—Tree Selection & Plant Care, 7–8:30pm. Four-part training series for those who wish to become Citizen Pruner Volunteers and for members of the general public who just want to know more about trees and how to care for them. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

April 8: Up Your Vegetable Gardening Game—Pointers on Making it Pretty, 6–8pm. Master Gardener Teresa Craighead will cover flowers to use in and around the vegetable garden, considerations when introducing vegetables into ornamental gardens, vegetables with ornamental qualities, potager gardens, elements of garden design, planting patterns that please the eye, structures and accessories. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

April 15: Propagating and Growing Culinary Herbs, 6–8pm. Karma Glos of Kingbird Farm will discuss growing herbs from cuttings and seeds plus how to process and dry herbs. Participants will practice rooting herb cuttings and will take one rooted cutting home. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

April 20: Citizen Pruner Part 2—Pruning Trees, 7–8:30pm. See description under April 6. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

April 22: Right Plant, Right Place, 6–8pm. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

F- April 26: Compost Fair, 12–4pm. Tours, live music, food and activities. Free. CCE/TOM 

April 27: Citizen Pruner Part 3—Pruning Shrubs, 7–8:30pm. See description under April 6. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

April 29: Growing Cut Flowers, 6–8pm. Learn about varieties that are easy to grow in the home garden and that lend themselves to making floral arrangements. Participants will go home with seeds. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

May 4: Citizen Pruner Part 4—Hands-on Workshop, 7–8:30pm. See description under April 6. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

May 6: No Till Gardening Techniques, 6–8pm. Participants will learn a variety of no-dig techniques including broad forking, lazy beds and using raised beds. Hands-on class will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

May 13: Sustainable Rose Care, 6–8pm. Learn about the easy-care roses that flourish in the Finger Lakes region. Class will cover planting, fertilizing, proper care and pruning. Registration required. CCE/TOM 

S- May 16: Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Shop from over 40 local growers & 15 garden groups offering annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable transplants and heirlooms, flowering & fruit trees, shrubs, hardy roses, specialty plants and gardening advice. Free soil pH testing. Location: Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. CCE/TOM 


June 18–20: North American Rock Garden Society Annual General Meeting. International speakers, garden tours, plant sale, book sales/signings and more. Hosted by Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. Ithaca.;

T- July 11: Southern Cayuga Garden Club Tour, 11am–4pm. Marvelous Mid-Summer Gardens & More. Tickets available day of, 10:30am: Smith’s General Store Museum, State Route 90, Genoa. $15. 

September 6: Garden Tour, 1–5pm. See 3 local gardens. Hosted by Bedlam Gardens. Fundraiser for local food pantry & Camp Gregory. $5 per garden. 315/224-0187;

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