Master gardeners have spring classes planned for April 9

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 29 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Kristina Gabalski – Daffodils and crabapple blossoms are harbingers of spring. Gardeners and nature-lovers can learn about a variety of gardening topics during the 2016 Spring into Gardening Education Day on April 9.

KNOWLESVILLE – Pre-registration will continue through Friday for the Master Gardeners of Orleans County 2016 Spring into Gardening Education Day.

The event will be held Saturday, April 9, at the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville.

According to Master Gardener Don O’Keefe, the purpose of the day is to “educate the public on a variety of garden and nature subjects and to bring better awareness of the environment we live in.”

Participants can expect expert educators on a variety of topics and “hands-on, entertaining classes to stimulate their minds and passion for nature,” he says.

This spring’s slate of classes includes: Planning a cut-flower garden, seeds and bulbs for cut flowers; Herbs; Native pollinators; What’s local about local foods; Butterfly gardens; Mystery make-it, take-it; and Composting with worms.

Pre-registration is $25; $20 for senior citizens. Walk-in registration the day of the event is $30. Price includes the choice of four classes/sessions and lunch. Day of event registration begins on April 9 at 8:30 a.m. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

O’Keefe says the event is an enjoyable day for gardeners and nature lovers.

“I enjoy the camaraderie of being with people of like nature and frankly, it’s just plain fun,” he says.

For more information or to register call 585-798-4265 Ext. 26 or go to