Gardening classes in Batavia: Dividing Perennials

Date(s) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County


Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners this spring for four gardening classes called “Catch the Gardening Bug.”

All classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. 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. Register by mail using this form, contact Brandie at 585-343-3040, ext. 101 or stop by the office to register.

The classes are:

Companion Plants for Bearded Iris, Wednesday, March 28

Bearded iris are some of the most beautiful flowers, yet are surprisingly easy to grow. Join Master Gardener Brenda Fox for a discussion on these beauties. The first half will focus on how best to grow iris, and will discuss when to plant or divide, soil preparation and sun requirements. The second half will explore colorful combinations with shrubs and perennials. These will be illustrated with lavish photos showing both contrasting and complementary color schemes. A list of companion plants for bearded iris will be provided. Pre-register by March 21.

Dahlias 101, Thursday, April 5
Dahlias come in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes. They also provide you with beautiful blooms from mid-summer until frost. Get your dahlia questions answered as Master Gardener Brandie Waite discusses how to plant, grow and overwinter the tubers. Pre-register by March 29.

Permaculture 2.0, Wednesday, April 18

Building on last year’s program when participants learned about zones, sectors, guilds and edges as they apply to permaculture, Master Gardener Dan Esler will discuss the considerations for successful guild design and a reasonable timeline when developing a permaculture site. Pre-register by April 13.

Dividing Perennials, Wednesday, April 25.

Three good reasons for dividing perennials are to control the size of the plants, to maintain plant health and to increase their number. Since many perennials respond well to being divided in early spring, the instructor will demonstrate the steps for dividing a variety of perennials. Weather permitting, they’ll use plants right out of the garden. Pre-register by April 20.