Master Gardeners to hold Education Day in person on March 12; register now

graphic of four leaves in four seasons
Illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

The Master Gardener Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will host its 2022 Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12 in person at Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

Advanced registration is required. The fee is $60. Register here. 

For more information, contact Jolie Hibit at (716) 652-5400, x174 or jah663@cornell.edu. Registration is not complete until payment has been received.


Joseph Tychonievich, considered one of the top 10 garden speakers in the country, will give two presentations in the morning. He has authored several books on food gardening and is currently editor of the North American Rock Garden quarterly journal.

His presentations will be:

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual, small plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water wise and perfect for containers and small gardens as well as for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of beautiful plants. He will share beautiful images of rock gardens to get you inspired, the basic principles of creating rock gardens, and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy-to-grow rock garden plants to get you started.

Great, Non-wimpy Plants You Don’t Already Grow

If you are looking for something new and exciting to grow in the garden, but don’t want prissy drama queens, this talk is for you. Tychonievich will share some of his favorite unusual plants that are rock solid, dependable performers, along with ideas for how to search out other great plants you’ll love to grow.


Joseph Han, owner of the English Gardener Landscaping Company in Synder, is renowned for his garden designs. He will present the afternoon talk:

Floriferous Gardening

This presentation will highlight some of the best practices to promote a dramatic sequence of blooms through the garden season, as well as across multiple seasons. Plant selections are exploding, and how do you choose what plants to grow?

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