Genesee County Master Gardeners to hold lunchtime talks, evening dessert series

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The Genesee County Master Gardeners will hold two discussion series: a new lunchtime garden series called Garden Talk  and a Coffee and Dessert Series in the evening.

Both will be held in the Cooperative Extension office,  420 E. Main St., Batavia.

More information and other Master Gardener events will be posted on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website and on their Facebook page.

Garden Talk at lunchtime

A new series called Garden Talk will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Master Gardeners will organize an informational workshop focusing on a specific gardening topic.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration isn’t required. Bring your lunch.

Upcoming topics are:

  • March 3: “New Plants for 2015.”  This will be a sampling of the new annuals, perennials, vegetables and shrubs that will be hitting the market this year.
  • April 7:  “Tree Trivia.”

For more information, contact Brandie Schultz at (585) 343-3040, ext. 101.

Coffee and Dessert in the evening

Participants will enjoy a variety of gardening topics taught by Master Gardeners along with coffee, tea and desserts. The Coffee and Dessert events are held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person per class. Pre-registration is required because class size is limited.  To register, contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101 or stop by the office at 420 East Main St., Batavia.

Topics are:

March 25: “Late Blight in the Home Garden” Late blight is a serious plant disease that attacks potatoes and tomatoes. Learn what it is and how to effectively manage it in your vegetable garden this year. The registration deadline is March 20.

April 8: “Bring on the Butterflies!” This program will help participants learn about the characteristics and life cycles of butterflies likely to be found in the area. Find out what plants to grow in your garden to attract butterflies and tips to keep them coming back year after year. The presenters will share insights into the amazing ability of these insects to detect suitable food sources and to protect themselves from their enemies. The registration deadline is April 3.

April 15: “Plant a Cutting Garden” Cut flowers are not difficult to grow. The range is diverse and includes annuals, perennials, bulbs and herbs to shrubs and even ground covers. Learn the basics for planning, growing, cutting and conditioning fresh flowers for cutting. The event will also look at the various plants and flowers you can grow and dry to make simple and beautiful arrangements. The registration deadline is April 10.

April 29: “Gardening for Pollinators & Native Bees” Pollinators need your help. Learn about the astonishing diversity of native bees in North America and discover those that may be living and working in your back yard. The presenters will give you simple steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home, school or workplace so that you can enjoy butterflies, bees and other friendly fauna. The registration deadline is April 24.

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