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By Lyn Chimera

Winter is when we dream of spring and seeing green again. We think about what new plants we want to try and changes for our gardens or containers. If you’d like to break that winter monotony and get a shot of spring, there are two upcoming Master Gardener events you won’t want to miss.

Buffalo in Bloom Spring Gardening Classes:

We’re offering a day of great gardening topics on two days at two locations. Both days will be the same offerings, just the location changes. The first will be held on February 2nd at The Buffalo Niagara heritage Museum and the second on February 23rd at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Delaware. Both are from 9 – 2:30. Topics and instructors will be the same on both days:

“Landscape Design Dos and Don’ts,” by Lyn Chimera; “Garden Rx, Prescription for Healthy Plants,” by Carol Ann Harlos;
and “Vegetable Gardening- Grow Your Own”, by Paul Krantz. All presenters are Master Gardeners.

Advanced registration for the program is required. The cost for this full day event is $25. The day begins with registration from 8:30 – 9am, two morning presentations, lunch break (bring a bag lunch), and an afternoon presentation. The day ends at 2;30pm. To register, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 652-5400, ext. 176 or online at mgerie@cornell.edu.

Master Gardener (MG) Education Day:

The 4th annual MG Education Day will be Saturday March 16, 2019 at Classics V on Niagara Falls Blvd. There are three excellent speakers who you will not want to miss. See information below. Topics cover the major problems gardeners face, healthy soil, and insects and critter damage. I’ve heard all three speakers and they are outstanding.

Managing Munching Mammals by Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University.

If you’ve ever had a problem with deer, rabbits, woodchucks, moles, voles, and other furry critters, this program is for you. Learn to identify some of the most common wildlife species and what to do about them. Dr. Curtis stresses evaluating wildlife behavior in order to know how to control them. He will discuss a variety of management techniques for reducing wildlife damage.

Get the Dirt on Soil by Bob Shindelbeck, Cornell University.

Healthy soil is the key to having a healthy garden and landscape. Issues of soil quality, the impact of tilling on soil structure, and soil compaction have a direct impact on our gardening practices. Professor Shindelbeck will provide a wealth of information on soil issues in this fascinating presentation. Learn what healthy soil really means and how to achieve it.

What’s Bugging Your Garden: The Good, the Bad and the Not So Ugly by Dr. Wayne Gall, US Department of Agriculture Entomologist

Insects are a necessary part of life yet we often love to hate them. Dr. Gall is one of the most recognized experts on insects in New York State. He will show us how to identify the “good guys,” i.e., beneficial insects and what to do about the “bad guys” in our gardens and landscape.

Tickets will go on sale for the public on February 1st. The cost is $45 for MG’s out of county and $55 for the public. Register online at mgerie@cornell.edu or call Jolie at CCE, 652-5400 ext. 176. This event will sell out so register quickly.

Registration includes a hot buffet lunch, beverages, and snacks. The day will begin with registration from 8:30am – 9am followed by a morning presentation, coffee break, second presentation, full hot buffet lunch, and an afternoon presentation. The day will end at 3pm. There will also be a basket raffle with lots of garden-related items as well as gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants. You don’t want to miss this educational and fun day.

To contact me at Lessons from Nature, call 652-2432 or e-mail at lyn@lessonsfromnature.biz. I can e-mail or mail the gift certificates.