HORTICULTURE PROGRAMS – 2019
A new series of lecture/demonstrations by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County’s Master Gardeners
This monthly horticultural series will cover a range of topics for home gardeners who wish to grow their own healthy food using organic and sustainable methods. Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will give 45-minute lectures, specific to each season, on garden planning, planting, maintenance, and harvesting, followed by hands-on work in the preserve’s organic vegetable garden and fruit orchard. This program is geared for adults, but children with an interest in gardening are welcome.
Conservancy Members: $15 per person
Non-Members: $20 per person
Youth (10-17): $5 per person
Pay at the Gatehouse; includes parking.
PREPARE TO GROW FOOD – February 10 at 3 PM
Long before the planting season, it is essential to plan ahead to prepare the beds, select and arrange plants, start seeds, plan subsequent planting through the growing season, and harvest productively. This talk will also cover organic gardening methods, strategies for specific conditions, sustainability practices for optimal water usage, and much more.
WAKE UP YOUR GARDEN – March 24 at 1 PM
Successful gardens and landscapes are the result of proactive gardeners and growers! Learn what needs to be done to get your garden up and growing at the beginning of spring. Lawn care, soil testing, mulching, watering and the care of flowers and spring bulbs are some of the topics that will be discussed. Start the season off with a strong viable landscape.
GARDEN TO TABLE VEGETABLES – April 14 at 1 PM
Home Vegetable Gardening is on the rise, harkening back to our “Victory Garden” past. There is nothing like eating a slice of your own homegrown tomato. Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden or just need a little advice? Let us help you learn to choose the right location for your veggies, prepare your soil, and decide between vegetables from seeds or transplants. Learn general maintenance needs that will lead to bountiful harvests.
HERB GARDENING – May 27 at 10 AM
In this lecture, we will describe herb plants, their uses and how to grow them. Some herbs are grown as edible, others as therapeutic and some for their fragrance. Basil, dill, chives, oregano, mint and marigolds are just a few of the many we will discuss that are suitable for Long Island. Gardening with herbs is fun, easy and useful.
SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE HOME GARDENER – June 23 at 1 PM
This lecture will look at how the home gardener can incorporate sustainable gardening practices in their own home gardening. It will incorporate the topics of the advanced lecture that covers Sustainable Home Landscape practices including: Lawns, Pesticides, Irrigation, Trees, Soil, Water, Runoff, Vegetation, Native Plants, Trees, Recycle & Reuse, and Sustainable versus Not Sustainable Materials. At the end of this lecture you will have the knowledge needed to make better choices planning and maintaining your Home Landscape and doing your part to protect our environment for future generations.
VEGETABLE GARDEN & FRUIT ORCHARD MAINTENANCE I – July 14 at 1 PM
VEGETABLE GARDEN & FRUIT ORCHARD MAINTENANCE II – August 11 at 1 PM
Learn to maintain your garden and fruit trees through the growing season during these special sessions in the Preserve’s beautiful vegetable garden and orchard overlooking the Long Island Sound. Topics include harvesting, pruning, weed/pest control strategies, mid- to late-season planting ideas and more.
INFORMAL TALKS DURING THE VILLAGE DAY FALL FESTIVAL – September 8 at noon to 4 PM (Rain date: September 15)
Explore the vegetable garden and orchard to discover the progress in early fall. No additional charge for Village Day guests.
GROW NATIVE/LIVE NATIVE – October 6 at 1 PM
Why is everyone talking about natives? Gardening with well-adapted native plants is not only beneficial for the ecosystem, but also for growers. In this lecture, we will discuss what native plants are, how they differ from their non-native counterparts, and why they are important to consider when making plant choices for your landscape. The lecture includes examples of native plant gardens on Long Island, as well as a step-by-step process about how to incorporate native plants into your garden for Fall planting and the next growing seasons.
PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED – November 3 at 1 PM
Proper care of your landscape in the fall is important to the success of your plants for the next season. This course discusses what to do in the garden to get ready for winter. Topics include: perennials, lawn care, bulbs, vegetable gardens, soil pH testing and composting.