Master gardeners list classes

Published May 19, 2017 at 4:00pm

WHITESTOWN —  Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County Master Gardener Volunteers have announced classes scheduled for the 21st Annual Herb and Flower Festival. The event, which promotes fun gardening and learning, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County’s Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens, 121 Second St.

“Gardens are refreshing to our minds and bodies, and help to keep the botanical world healthier for its existence including ourselves. Without these spaces to bring rest in our lives, and places for other animals and beneficial pollinators to exist, our world would be a poorer place,” the gardeners explained.

The 21st Annual Herb & Flower Festival will be featuring eight free classes:

Garden Harmony — Flowers, herbs and vegetables can all share space in your garden. This blending of plants has recently been adopted by the All-America Selections (ASS) to attract pollinators and beneficial insects while repelling garden pests and beautifying the landscape.

A Rose is a Rose — This presentation will focus on selecting and growing sustainable roses, including how to buy different classes of roses and their particular uses; differences between root and grafted roses; and ideas on roses grown in Europe, rose breeders, and the rose industry. Advice about spraying, feeding, and pruning roses, as well as growing roses as companion plants in the garden will also be provided.  

Cooking with Garden Vegetables and Herbs — Explore the vegetable and herb gardens and learn about fun, easy and tasty ways to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Presenters will share inspiring recipes with a variety of cooking techniques, which will impress even the pickiest of picky eaters.

Pollinator Pathway Project — Do you like to garden and enjoy the outdoors? Do you like pollinators? The St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) is promoting a Pollinator Pathway Project to increase pollinator habitat and reduce the susceptibility of the urban landscape to invasive species.

Milkweeds and Monarchs — The remarkable migration of monarch butterflies depends on milkweeds and nectar plants on their breeding grounds and undisturbed forest on their overwintering grounds. This presentation will describe the threats to this biological phenomenon, as well as the current status of monarchs and their migration.  

 Growing Protective Foods –Studies have shown that foods containing Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron may help to protect the human body against lead poisoning. Presenters will review these finding and discuss the growing of plants such as Spinach, Bell Peppers, Collard Greens, Bok Choy, Prizm Kale and Tomatoes to be incorporated into a protective diet.  

The Green MenaceSince the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the United States, countless ash trees have already died. What is happening in New York State? DEC Foresters will update the status since the discovery of the EAB in the Rome area. Learn what this means for the residents of Oneida County and what is being done to save our trees.

Looking at Aquaponics — The Oneida — Herkimer BOCES Conservation Program recently developed and implemented an Aquaponics Program an integrated system of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water, without soil.  

The Parker F. Scripture Gardens are maintained by Master Gardener Volunteers to provide beauty and learning opportunities for everyone. Master Gardeners primarily use these gardens to teach children and adults about the many types of gardening from vegetable to flower gardens. 

During the festival, there is a Master Gardener booth to answer specific gardening questions and concerns. There are up to 40 Vendors offering garden related items for perusing and purchase. On site food is available for different eating choices.

“The interaction of gardeners learning from Master Gardeners and Nursery and Garden Center owners affords spontaneous learning beyond the free classes,” the volunteers said.

Popular with many attendees are the Butterfly House and Nature Trail for further ways to learn about insects, trees and native plants.

For more information about the upcoming 21st Annual Herb and Flower Festival, contact the Extension office at 315-736-3394.