Gardeners seek votes to win orchard

WHITESTOWN — Master Gardener Volunteers are asking for you to vote for CCE of Oneida County in the "Communities Take Root" contest in the hopes fo winning an orchard.

It’s sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bar and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.

You can log in to www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com then cast a vote every day. The first round of winners will be announced on May 31.

If able to win an orchard, Master Gardeners would be able to teach home owners how to include fruits in their landscape plans.

The Master Gardeners care for The Parker F. Scripture garden at the Farm and Home Center, the Cornell Cooperate Extension offices at 121 Second St. off Judd Road east of Airport Road.

Over 1,500 people visit The Parker F. Scripture garden annually. Most attend the annual Herb & Flower Festival, now in its 16th year (June 23). The festival, organized by Master Gardener Volunteers, features garden related vendor booths, displayed among the landscape. For a small donation, the public is able to attend a day full of garden tours, educational classes and shopping.

A spokesman said, "What makes the Parker Scripture Gardens different from other public gardens is the scale. We make a real effort to use techniques, and plants that are for the home garden. We place special emphasis on disease/pest resistance and hardiness. For this reason we are a common destination for school field trips and garden club tours."