22nd annual Herb & Flower Festival June 16

Published Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

WHITESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County Master Gardener Volunteers will host the 22nd annual Herb & Flower Festival at the Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens, Saturday, June 16.

The nominal donation event fee of $4, which raises funds that go towards the purchase of plants and other improvements and upkeep of the public Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens.

The event is located at the Oneida County Farm and Home Center, 121 Second St.

The botanical gardens are a showcase of new gardening ideas from raised beds to All- American Selections show-cased plant selections.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include four classes for gaining new gardening knowledge on the subjects of:

Grow foods with Ingredients to Improve dietary intake and reduce lead

Pollinator gardens for your home

Woodland plants

Herbs and their life enhancement

There will be nearly 50 garden merchants selling abundant plants including trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable plants along with other garden related items.

The Master Gardener booth offers information on a variety of topics and the chance to ask very specific gardening questions and acquire free seeds as long as supplies last.

Dedicated in 1985, The Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens, honors a local nurseryman and former Oneida County Legislator, Parker F. Scripture. The Parker F. Scripture Botanical Garden is open every day from dusk to dawn, free of charge.

The Master Gardener Volunteer program decided in 1995 to develop the rose garden, the vegetable garden, a teaching pavilion, rock garden and beds for annuals, perennial garden, a shade garden and a butterfly garden.

The botanical gardens at the Cornell Cooperative Extension are carefully created to showcase plants for enjoyment, learning and use for the community, organizers said. Yearly, great numbers of school groups come to learn and interact with the Cooperative Extension’s environmental field trip programs especially utilizing the vegetable and herb gardens, the Butterfly house and the Nature Trail.

Online at cceoneida.com/home-garden/gardening/parker-f-scripture-botanical-gardens.