Learn with Master Gardeners in upcoming events

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Master Gardeners are planning educational events in Batavia, Alfred, Buffalo and East Aurora. See all the details below.

Genesee County

The Genesee County Master Gardeners will hold a monthly Garden Talk series from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Cooperative Extension office, 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Take your lunch. The series is free. Registration is not required.

The first Garden Talk of the year will be “A Photo Garden Tour of Chanticleer Gardens” on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Get rid of the winter blues with a look at Chanticleer’s spectacular gardens, described as “America’s most inspiring garden.”  Located outside of Philadelphia, Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within a historic setting. Adolph Rosengarten, Jr. bequeathed the family estate for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. The garden opened to the public in 1993.

Future topics in the Garden Talk series include:

  • Program on creating cutting gardens on March 6
  • Demonstration on how to make your own corsages on April 3
  • Tips for growing great canna lilies on May 1
  • Program about a new invasive pest that has been showing up locally – jumping worms – on  June 5

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

Allegany County

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program of Allegany County and the Alfred Box of Books Library will present “Color in Your Garden: How We See It – How We Use It”  from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Alfred Box of Books, 1 West University St., Alfred.

The event is free. Call the library at 607-587-9290 to reserve a seat.

There will be a question-and-answer period from 3:30 to 4 p.m. with Master Gardener Mary Lu Wells.

Did you know a bluebird isn’t blue and planting your blue flowers at the rear of your garden will make it appear longer? Come and find out why.

Erie County

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will hold its 13th annual Communities in Bloom classes.

The same program will be held twice.

The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

It will be repeated from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office, located in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft campus, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora.

On both days, registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topics will be:

  • Let’s Get Growing: seed starting and disease resistance
  • What’s Eating My Plants: common insect pests, critters and what to do about them
  • Ensuring Success: choosing the right plant for the right place, invasive plants, site selection and disease resistance

The registration fee is $25 for the public. Active Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program volunteers are eligible for a registration discount.

Register online or contact the Master Gardener Program for registration information at 716-652-5400, ext.177.

Registration is not complete until payment has been received. The registration fee is non-refundable.

Also mark your calendar for Education Day with Doug Tallamy, well known author of Bringing Nature Home. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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