Gardening classes set by Master Gardeners; anyone may attend

sunflower and tree volcano and tomato and bee
Topics of upcoming classes include sunflowers, tree volcanoes, growing fruits and vegetables and nature-friendly landscapes. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

While you may miss being able to gather with other gardeners for a class, an upside to online classes is that you can hear a presentation from another county without having to make a long drive.

Here are some of the great gardening activities coming up soon. Don’t forget to check our Events page, too.

Genesee County

Genesee County Master Gardeners will hold another year of the Garden Talk series from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays. See the dates below.

For the foreseeable future all Garden Talk programs will be via Zoom.

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

Check out their YouTube page for previously recorded gardening programs.

Jan. 21 –  “DIY Teacup Garden Art”

Master Gardener Bonnie B will share her tips for repurposing glassware. This is a fun, easy DIY project to combat the long winter days and create some garden art for a garden enthusiast or for yourself.

The talks are free, but registration is required. After registering, a Zoom link will be sent to your email. Register here for DIY Teacup Garden Art.

Feb. 4 – “Sunflowers!”

Sunflowers are a bright and cheerful addition to any garden. They are easy to grow from seed in almost any type of soil and can be sown in succession for a season full of colorful blooms. Sunflowers can be grown for cut flowers, a colorful garden display or even for edible seed; for you or the birds. Whether you want short, medium, or tall; yellow, burgundy or orange, there’s a sunflower for you. Master Gardener Brandie W give this talk.

The talks are free, but registration is required. After registering, a Zoom link will be sent to your email. Register for “Sunflowers” here.

March 4 – “No Mow Yards”

Manicured lawns are a staple for most front yards, but they require a great deal of money and work to keep lush and provide little to no support of a diverse ecosystem. Master Gardener Connie B will explore alternatives to the front lawn that are biodiverse, nature friendly and low maintenance.

The talks are free, but registration is required. After registering, a Zoom link will be sent to your email. Register for “No Mow Yards” talk here.

Erie County

A series of classes called “Communities in Bloom” will be held virtually in February by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. The classes are for both beginning and veteran gardeners.

The cost is $15 for any individual class and $40 for all three classes.

Register here. 

Insects and Diseases in the Garden

6:30- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 with Carol Ann Harlos

Are all the “bugs” in your garden bad? How can you tell if your plant is sick? Learn more about the role of insects, bad and good, in your garden and how to identify and prevent disease.

Growing Fruits and Vegetables in the Home Garden

6:30- 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 with Esther Kibbe and Paul Kranz

Interest in healthy eating, fresh produce, and food insecurity issues have created a huge interest in home gardening. Learn how to get your hands dirty and create a successful garden.

Meatballs, Volcanos, and Other Garden Malpractices

10- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 with Peggy Koppmann

A tongue-in-cheek look at gardening practices – and malpractices – that affect the appeal and success of the home garden. Learn how to avoid some common mistakes in your garden.


Coming up: Master Gardener Education Day on March 13. It will also be held online, so anyone can attend. You can register now.


Bonus tip: If your non-profit group is holding a meeting, sale or other event that is open to the public, you can share the details on our Events page for free. See details here.

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