Workshops for Homes and Grounds    

Upcoming Workshops for 2017

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Make and Take
Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 am - Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

This workshop is open to individuals and families. All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn how to make 4 projects with Ontario County Master Gardeners. Projects include: Wildflower Seed Bombs, Seed Starting, Attention Pet Lovers, and Tye-Dye Dipped Flower Pots.
Wildflower Seed Bombs: Make your own seed bombs with Judi Ferman and Kim Ferris. Seed bombs are a way to spruce up any area that needs some wildflowers. Just throw the bomb where you want wildflowers to grow!
Seed Starting: Participants will learn the basics of seed starting from Sandy Ebberts: selecting containers, growing medium, moisture, warmth and light requirements for your seed to sprout. Plant flower or vegetable seed to take home and watch them grow.
Attention Pet Lovers: Join us in making fun, healthy toys and treats for your cats and/or dogs. Go home with surprises that are sure to please your four legged family member. Brought to you by Master Gardeners Christen Groeling and Bob Haggett.
Tye-Dye Dipped Flower Pots: Make your own marbled terra cotta pots with Pam Tichenor and Jeanne Totman. Hand dip your terra cotta pots in nail polish and create a masterpiece for your plants.
Fee: $10.00/family. All supplies included.
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Identifying Winter Mammal Tracks
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 am - Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

This workshop is open to individuals and families. All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn what was out walking in the snow while you were sleeping. Solve the mystery of who chewed the shrubbery or crawled under the deck. Learning to identify animal tracks can be a fun and rewarding activity. How many animals can you identify by looking at their tracks in the snow? Jeanne Totman, Master Gardener will do a powerpoint presentation on identifying mammal tracks in the snow. Weather and time permitting after the presentation we will be going outside to explore the CCE grounds for tracks.
Fee: $10.00/family
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Give Bluebirds a Home
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Did you know that Bluebirds are the New York State bird? They are having a difficult time overcoming a number of challenges. Among others are the removal of hedgerows to increase available cropland and the invasion of English Sparrows and Grackles that destroy nests and eggs and kill young Bluebirds. Bluebirds are cavity nesters, especially in holes made by woodpeckers in dead trees. These are often harvested for firewood or removed in clearing land. By building and placing Bluebird nest boxes where they can sweep open areas for insects we can help Bluebirds survive while enjoying seeing them raise their families. As a family, learn more about these colorful birds and build a nest box to take home.
Class size is limited to 15 families with materials for one nest box per family provided. Participants are asked to bring a Phillips head screw driver to assemble their nest box.
Fee: $10.00/family
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Growing Berries for Profit on a Small Scale, Part II
Monday, March 13, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Last year we considered the resources that one would need to get into berry production at a commercial small scale, how one would prepare the site and soil for planting, and how one could market the fruit. This session will address the cultural practices of growing strawberries (both June-bearing and day-neutral types), raspberries (both summer-fruiting and fall-fruiting types) and blueberries. Plant establishment, plant maintenance, pruning and trellising, winter protection and major pests will be addressed. Information provided will be useful to both commercial and backyard producers. Dr. Marvin Pritts, Associate Professor in the Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science, Cornell University will be the presenter for this workshop. Growing berries involves high upfront costs and patience but the rewards are great if plants are managed correctly. Attention to detail and willingness to do some physical work, a significant source of income can be generated on as little as ¼ acre.
Fee: $20.00/person. Pre-registration is requested by Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Design Workshop: An Island Bed for Your Landscape
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

The typical traditional foundation plantings across the front of many homes can often become a maintenance headache as the plants age and begin to crowd each other, over grow windows and walks, and may suffer on poor soils or shaded sites. Similarly, backyard plantings can suffer such problems and are difficult to enjoy from indoors. Well-designed island beds can be very attractive, low maintenance ways to beautify one or more areas that can be enjoyed from inside as well as from outside the home. They can feature combinations of annuals, perennials, dwarf evergreens and compact woody ornamental trees and shrubs or feature any one or more of these. Roger VanNostrand, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and Landscape Designer will discuss why and how to plan and install relatively inexpensive plantings that will significantly enhance your outside living areas.
Fee: $5.00/person. Pre-registration requested.
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Dish Garden Workshop
Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Design and plant a small garden oasis. Join Master Gardeners Pat Bartholomew and Sandy Ebberts and turn you dish, bowl, or container into a garden that brings spring or summer indoors. Learn elements of design, plant selection and maintenance as you create your garden to take home. Participants should bring their own container and any plants or ornamentation they would like to include in their gardens. Soil, plants and some ornamentation will be provided.
Fee: $10.00/person
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Fairy Gardens and Gnome Homes
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Travel to the land of wonder and make a fairy garden or gnome home with Jeanne Totman, Ontario County Master Gardener. You supply a container of your choice and we supply the inspiration. You may bring whatever plants or supplies you wish. There will be additional supplies available for purchase. The soil and basic supplies will be furnished.
Fee: $10.00/person Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Container Gardening Workshop
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

No room or desire for a large vegetable or flower garden, however would you like to have a few fresh tomatoes, vegetables or be able to have fresh flowers to enjoy? No problem!! Join Master Gardener Pat Bartholomew and Sandy Ebberts to learn what can be grown in containers, how to select plants, and containers as well as planting and growing requirements. Each person will design and plant a container garden of flowers to take home. All supplies will be provided.
Fee: $25.00/person
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Master Gardener Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13, 2017
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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Growing Healthy Happy Tomatoes
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Tomatoes are a main stay in most home gardens and are one of the most productive vegetables per unit of space. For home gardeners, it is more about taste and flavor than total yield. In recent year’s weather and disease have made it more difficult to obtain a respectful yield of tasty tomatoes. The genetics of a tomato variety, the cultural practices used in growing the tomato and the soil they are grown in will all impact your success in having a wonderful crop of flavorful tomatoes. Master Gardener, Sandra Bierbrauer will provide you with helpful tips to having, healthy flavorful tomatoes. Sandra’s powerpoint presentation will provide insight into the required cultural practices, variety selection, fertilizer and soil nutrients, planting, pruning, staking, pest control, harvesting and more.
Fee: $5.00/person
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Hypertufa Workshops
Wednesdays, May 24 or June 21 or July 19, or August 23, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Hypertufa is an artificial stone that is made of materials mixed with Portland cement. It is much lighter than cement but can still withstand harsh weather conditions. It is primarily used as garden art and is fun and easy to make. Master Gardener, Jeanne Totman will guide you through making a hypertufa leaf, or bowl, or mushroom. Supplies needed: · a board or piece of plywood that your project will fit on · Two large garbage bags. · Leaf project: a big leaf from your garden, such as hosta, rhubarb, squash or even burdock. · Bowl project: a gallon size bowl or planter · Mushroom project: embellishments for your mushroom, like glass pebbles, beads, small seashells, etc. Workshop fee: $10.00 per person. Make a second item for $5.00. Pre-registration requested one week before the class you want to attend. When you register, please let us know which class you want to attend and what project(s) you will be making.
Call 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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