Arboretum, grounds chief Herb fest keynote speaker

Terry Hawkridge

WHITESTOWN — With the theme "Sustainable Landscaping," Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have announce the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual Herb & Flower Festival June 23.

It’s Terry Hawkridge, director of the Arboretum and Grounds at Hamilton College, Clinton.

The early summer event allows gardeners of all skills to increase their knowledge, purchase plants and gardening related supplies. Free classes are a part of the $3 donation entrance fee.

The Keynote lecture is on "Sustainable Landscaping: Principles and Practices for the Homeowner." The lecture will cover site development, water conservation, reduced dependency on pesticides, and plant materials that can sustain over time in a landscape. The event’s Keynote speaker, Terry Hawkridge comes with a strong background in horticulture with an associate degree followed by a business administration degree. His experience includes operational work of a garden nursery in the Boston area, and his current position at Hamilton College, Clinton. His work includes design and planting landscapes for clients.

Other classes being offered at the festival branch across a ‘potpourri’ of gardening allowing present and future gardeners to gain up-to-date knowledge.

"All American Selections in up to date Gardens" explains the history of yearly selections of outstanding plants to use in Landscape / Vegetable Gardens. Master Gardener Volunteers Sheila Allen, Margaret Murphy, and Nancy Muraski highlight experiences using them.

"Creating Pet safe Lawns and Gardens" presents extensive knowledge of safe gardening, including hardscape and lawn care that protects our pets. Sally C. Townsend, Master Gardener, will help pet owners make safe environments.

"Herbs: In Food, Habitat, Beauty and Health" explores the wide way herbs are used in our lives and some common and rarer herbs growing needs. Nancy Grove and Peter Bianco from Old Path Farm explore with you the ways herbs aid in the environment and in health for individuals. Their talk will include ways to grow some common and rarer herbs along with their uses.

"Take a Hike, See What‘s Out there!" promotes the use of photography to document gardens and outdoor landscapes to capture the visions in our lives. Speaker Norm Landis will explain the best approaches for outdoor photography and tell you where to go.

"Show Off your Garden Beauties" examines ways to use flowers with household products to bring the garden into your home. Laura LoGiudice, Flower Designer from Chester’s Flowers, helps gardeners display their flowers well.

-"Lovely Lavender" showcases the benefits of lavender growing and use of this special herb. Mary Konkol of Rosemary’s Thyme will explain the Herbal usage.

The event also features more than 45 horticulture and gardening related vendors gather in the Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens to offer plants and other items for gardeners. These gardens are found at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County at the Farm & Home Center, 121 Second St. Master Gardeners use these gardens to teach about all types of gardening and composting, and there is a Master Gardener booth to answer gardening questions. This Festival is a continuing part of the educational outreach to the public by Cornell Cooperative Extension throughout the year.

For information, call 736-3394

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