The Genesee County Master Gardeners will present a series of spring programs called “Catch the Gardening Bug” at the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 420 East Main St., Batavia.
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.
All programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
The programs are:
Thursday, March 30: Master Gardener Brenda Fox will present “20 Great Perennials for Your WNY Garden.” Perennial plants with a solid track record of good performance here in our local climate will be highlighted. Particular cultivars may be especially fragrant or bloom for a long time, and should be readily available for purchase. Registration is required by March 24.
Wednesday, April 12: Master Gardener Dan Esler will present “Permaculture 101,” covering the basics of permaculture and showing you how to get started. He’ll also explain how to combine the best of natural landscaping with edible gardening. The goal is to work with nature, not against it. Registration is required by April 7.
Thursday, April 20: Master Gardener Brandie Schultz will present “The Slow Flower Movement.” Do you know where your cut flowers come from or how many miles they have traveled? Schultz will take a look at the fascinating history of the cut flower industry. She will then talk about America’s slow flower movement and how locally grown flowers are making a comeback. Registration is required by April 14.
Wednesday, April 26: “A Gardener’s Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” will present some of the IPM techniques that you can use in your garden. A key component of IPM is scouting – taking a close look at your plants to see if insects or diseases are present. Weather permitting, the group will go into the garden to show you how. Registration is required by April 21.
Thursday, May 4: In “Is Your Garden Ready for Spring?” you will get tips from Master Gardeners on how to get your garden ready for the growing season. In this semi-hands-on class, the Master Gardeners will cover a variety of topics from winter damage to dividing perennials to pruning hydrangeas. This class will take place outside in the Cooperative Extension garden, so dress accordingly. Registration is required by April 28.