Master Gardener Volunteer: Training Begins Soon
Are you interested in native plants and pollinators? Could you have a vegetable stand with all the extra produce from your garden? Or are you just passionate about our environment and wish to help educate others? If you are nodding your head yes to one or all of these, sounds like you would make a great Master Gardener Volunteer!
Master Gardener Volunteers are a dedicated and diverse group of people who combine their passion for gardening with a sincere desire to share their knowledge with the community. Master Gardener Volunteers teach classes, answer questions at farmers markets, and help home-owners identify insects and solve pest problems on the horticulture hotline.
Prospective volunteers participate in a 12-week curriculum, one full day per week. The training begins Wednesday, September 7, 2016, and culminates in a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Classes are conducted by members of the Cornell University faculty, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators, members of the industry and selected senior Master Gardeners Volunteers. As a Master Gardener Volunteer trainee, you’ll receive an extensive resource manual which contains the texts you’ll need for each class plus materials on ecological lawn care, pruning trees and shrubs, tree identification and much more. The fee of $375 covers guest speakers, the resource manual, all course texts and additional materials.
Each Master Gardener Volunteer makes a commitment to 30 hours per year of volunteer activity for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Environmental Horticulture and Natural Resources educational initiatives. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, we hope you’ll apply to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. Your first step? Contact Kate Everitt, Environmental Horticulture and Natural Community Educator and Master Gardner Volunteer Coordinator, at 845-278-6738 to learn more and receive your application packet.
Fee: $375 per person
For 88 years, the Germantown Garden Club has held an annual Standard Flower Show. This year it will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 1–4 p.m. and on September 18, from 1–3 p.m. The show will feature flower arrangements, educational displays, and horticultural specimens. The title, “An Apple a Day,” serves to remind us that the Hudson Valley, where we live, is apple-growing country. While the Germantown community celebrates this fact with their Apple Festival, we share in the celebration and combine it with our love of gardening and growing things. And so our flower show is not just about apples, but also about the things we do and plant to make the earth a nicer place!
The design division will feature fresh and dried flower arrangements in eight major groups. The horticulture specimens division will include individual flowers, herbs, branches, and container-grown plants as well as vegetables. The show is open to the public and admission is free. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to see the different types of horticulture available at this time of year, to see beautiful and inspiring flower arrangements, and to visit Germantown’s premier historic site and maybe learn something new, too!
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Join renowned architect Peter Pennoyer and sought-after interior designer Katie Ridder for a talk about the conception, design, decoration, and landscaping of their new country house in Millbrook, New York. The couple bought the property in 2009 as a family getaway and have spent the last seven years transforming the land and building an exuberant, one-of-a-kind Greek Revival-inspired house with lush woodland, flower and cutting gardens.
Katie and Peter chronicle their entire process in the new book, A House in the Country (Vendome Press, 2016) which will be available.
Your registration includes Open Days admission to this garden destination—a $7 value. The Ridder-Pennoyer garden will be open to general Open Days visitors on this date from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $65 general admission; $60 Garden Conservancy members