“Cultivate your green thumb” at Garden Day in Stone Ridge; register ASAP


The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension will present an all-day gardening extravaganza, featuring 16 classes taught by our dedicated Master Gardener Volunteers. Classes cover a range of topics to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. Garden Day will take place, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. Pre-registration is highly recommended, as classes fill up fast.

This year, the keynote address will be delivered by Marc Wolf, Director of Horticulture and Environmental Stewardship at Mountain Top Arboretum. Wolf’s address, entitled “Catskills native plants, inspiration for design at Mountain Top Arboretum,” will delve into the unique location of the Arboretum at the top of the Catskill Watershed. He will illustrate how the geologic and human history of the site shapes the natural plant communities thriving there today, showcasing how the Arboretum creates gardens and landscapes that celebrate native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants of the region, providing habitat to support local wildlife.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose four enriching classes out of the 16 available options, designed to elevate gardening skills. Delve into the art of garden design and explore the intricacies of hardscaping and water features.

Embark on a flavorful journey with the Edible Landscaping class, demonstrating how to beautify a space while putting delicious, homegrown food on the table. Instructors will unravel the mysteries of incorporating summer bulbs, cultivating annuals and veggies from seed, and propagating perennials or shrubs.

For the adventurous gardeners seeking challenges, gain insights into tackling difficult conditions, from constructing raised beds for a bountiful harvest to navigating the impacts of climate change. Worried about garden pests? Learn to distinguish allies from adversaries and gain invaluable knowledge on pest management.

Reimagine a new approach to mulching by considering a living mulch, an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional methods. Additionally, ensure a green thumb with a primer on caring for gardening tools, guaranteeing their faithful service for years to come.

Garden Day registration is available online only at http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/gardenday2024.

For more information, cost of the day and/or pre-ordering to include a box lunch, contact Courtney at 845-340-3990, ext. 335 or email cmc534@cornell.edu.

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Become a master of your garden domain at Garden Day.