Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
LET’S GARDEN WORKSHOP
Beat down those winter blahs and start getting ready for spring! The Seneca County Cornell
Cooperative Extension (SCCCE) Master Gardeners have organized a day of speakers, food and
gardening information to help you prepare for the 2014 gardening season.
The workshop will be held Saturday, March 1st at Vince’s Park Pavilion, corner of State Route 318
and State Routes 5&20, Seneca Falls from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Price for the workshop is only
$30.00. There will be plenty of coffee, tea and refreshments for the morning break and a homemade
buffet lunch at noon. Participants will also receive handouts, free seeds and valuable gardening
information from some very knowledgeable speakers. There will also be a question and answer
session with Master Gardener volunteers and door prizes.
The first workshop, “Edible Landscaping, Permaculture & Climate Change” starts at 9:15AM with
Steve Gabriel, an ecologist, educator, author and forest farmer. Steve will discuss how changes in
our climate are having increasing impacts on gardening. Learn how techniques such as sheet
mulching, rainwater catchment and forest gardening can be used as tools to improve your landscape
while adapting to climate change. After a brief coffee break, “Rain Gardens” will be the featured topic
from Edith Davey, an Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District educator. Edith will give
participants ideas about drainage, construction techniques, soil analysis techniques and appropriate
plantings for a rain garden. Rain gardens are a means of storm water runoff management that also
provide year-around beauty and wildlife habitat values. A lunch break, featuring homemade soups,
fresh salad and great homemade desserts is followed by “Beekeeping”, presented by Rich Riedman,
a beekeeper for the last 15 years in Canandaigua and one of the founding members of the Ontario
Fingerlakes Beekeeper Association. Rich will share some of the history of beekeeping along with
some of the challenges faced by beekeepers today. The day concludes at 2 PM with a Q&A session,
door prizes and evaluations.
All monies raised are used to support the Master Gardener program at SCCCE, a not-for-profit
educational system. Interact with other gardeners and start preparing for your spring gardening
Registration by February 25th is encouraged as space is limited. For more information or to register
call Seneca County CCE at 315-539-9251 or visit our website at http://www.senecacountycce.org.
Registration is also available on line at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/letsgarden-2_245