Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County Master Gardener Volunteers thank the 1,143 attendees who came out to the 23rd Herb & Flower Festival on Saturday, June 15, a beautiful and rain-free day.
The event was held at the Extension’s Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens at the Oneida County Farm & Home Center, located in Oriskany.
Attendees could purchase annuals, herbs, perennials, shrubs, garden ware, garden tools, herbal products, and food from the 42 plant and herb vendors. Educational displays could be found all over the grounds of the festival, including the brick annual garden featuring the All-America Selections (AAS) Landscape Design Challenge.
This year the theme is “RE-USE, Recycle, Re-Imagine”, and the Master Gardener Volunteers are participating once again. Also, on display in the raised vegetable garden, are four different beds highlight Cornell Vegetable Varieties. This is a statewide Extension project sponsored by Fruition Seeds. Master Gardener Volunteers take weekly photos of the garden beds, rate how they grow, harvest yield and taste.
The Master Gardener Volunteer booth provided on-demand answers to gardening questions as well as flower and vegetable seeds. A total of 150 tick removal kits were given out, one per family in exchange of completion of a short survey about ticks. The tick removal kits and surveys were made possible through a grant from Cornell Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program.
Four classes were provided to attendees during the event, attracting 204 attendees. Gift certificates were given out at the end of the classes for items or services from participating vendors. Our thanks go out to them.
This year’s Herb & Flower Festival was dedicated to Tony Salerno, who gave over 30 years of volunteer service to the Master Gardener Volunteer program.
Tony was the person who answered most of the Horticulture Hotline calls at our office. He retired from the program this past May. We were sad to hear the news on our festival day that he had passed the day before. He will be missed.
Our master gardener volunteers continue to take Horticulture Hot Line calls on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am to noon at 315-736-3394 ext. 127. We invite you to come out throughout the summer and early fall to visit the Extension gardens, open dawn to dusk, free of charge.
The purpose of the Herb and Flower Festival is to provide public exposure to the Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens and the educational opportunities offered by the Oneida County Master Gardener Program; To generate funds to manage and improve the Gardens; To gather gardeners, educators, Master Gardeners and local plant industry merchants for an exchange of ideas, advice and knowledge.
For more information, go online to cceoneida.com or call the horticulture hotline on Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, at 315-736-3394.