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Spring Garden Day Highlights Sustainable Gardening on April 9, Milford, New York

Master Gardener Volunteer Event held in conjunction with OCCA’s Earth Festival

Are you ready to explore new gardening techniques this spring?  On April 9, the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will present Spring Garden Day, with this year’s event focused on sustainable gardening techniques.  It will be held in conjunction with OCCA’s Earth Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Milford Central School.  The keynote address and six workshops will feature sustainable gardening for making gardens more productive, enjoyable, and easier to care for.

Barbara Melera, President of the D. Landreth Seed Company, Sharon Springs, New York, will address participants in a keynote presentation titled “Sustaining Plant Diversity with Heritage and Native Species.”   Her presentation will be at 1 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.  It is free to the public.

For the morning sessions, participants may choose one of three workshops.  Dan Weber from SUNY Cobleskill will discuss a wealth of new techniques for growing high yields of fruits in small spaces.

Don Smyers, Cooperative Extension Executive Director and horticulturist, will illustrate the elements in creating satisfying garden compositions for new and existing gardens.  Carol Phelps and Ann Walton, Master Gardener Volunteers, will share workable composting ideas including worm composting to keep material out of landfills while providing rich nutrients for gardens.

The afternoon also will have three choices of workshops.  Meg Kennedy of ARK Flowers & Plants will share her production expertise in producing flowers to help nurture and sustain home perennial gardens.  Master Gardener Volunteer Chris DeCesare will show how to avoid using invasives while selecting trees and shrubs that grow well locally.  Terri Emmett and Francine Stayter, Master Gardener Volunteers, have worked at extending the garden season and will share their experiences and knowledge.

For information on pre-registering for the event call CCE at 607-547-2536 or email otsego@cornell.edu or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org for a downloadable registration form. Pre-registration for the day is required by April 4.  The cost is $10 for the day, but the keynote address is free to the public.   Site registration begins at 10:30 a.m. on April 9, the morning workshops start at 11 a.m., the keynote at 1 p.m., and afternoon workshops at 2 p.m.

Earth Festival runs concurrently with Spring Garden Day.  The Earth Festival features interactive exhibits, activities for all ages, vendors, and entertainment.  Earth Festival 2016 is sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association in collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Central NY Mobile Marketing.

To learn more about Cornell Cooperative Extension, visit CCE’s website at cceschoharie-otsego.org.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment   opportunities.  Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to a program.

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