This year, on the weekend of July 29, 30 and 31st the Putnam County 4-H Fair will celebrate its 45th anniversary at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel!
One of the more colorful areas of the Fair is at the Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale Tent. An abundance of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and shrubs will be available.
CCE staff and Putnam County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and help you select the appropriate flowers or shrubs for your needs.
Fee: Admission is free
Additional information about the 45th Annual 4-H Fair can be found on our website at http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/events or by calling our office at 845-278-6738.
Explore five public and private gardens in open in Litchfield County, CT, and Dutchess County, NY, open to the public for self-guided tours and plant sales to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine.
Featuring an allée of hornbeams with secret niches, a sunken garden, a water rill with bamboo, wildflower and bio-diverse meadows, and garden rooms to explore. Begin at the Hyland-Wente Garden or see website for additional locations.
Fee: $7 per private garden; children 12 & under free.
The historic estate gardens at Meadowburn Farm will open to the public for self-guided tours. This privately owned historic garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sits at the heart of Meadowburn’s 590 acres of preserved agricultural land on the border of Warwick, NY and Vernon, NJ.
The gardens at Meadowburn Farm were designed and built by Helena Rutherfurd Ely, a pioneering figure in American horticulture at the turn of the 20th century and founding member of the Garden Club of America. Ely built her gardens surrounding the main residence at Meadowburn over the course of a forty-year period with the help of her loyal gardener, Albert Furman.
Today, the gardens are in the process of restoration and rehabilitation. The gardens have changed very little through time: visitors can still stroll the grass walks of the formal garden, become lost in the blooms of heirloom phlox and dahlias in the picking garden, and find respite in the quiet of the evergreen garden. Highlights in late July include the meadow walk to the large oak, and Ely’s heirloom garden phlox and balloon flower in full bloom. Bring your family, a blanket, and a picnic, and enjoy your afternoon in these magical gardens.
Fee: $7 per person; children free
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland County’s Master Gardener Volunteers for a tour of the Demonstration Gardens and a brief lecture on seasonally-relevant topics. Tours are the last Sunday of every month from April through October and include information about the ever-changing display of plants native to our region: perennials, ornamental grasses, annuals, herbs, ferns and more. Also come explore our fenced vegetable and perennial gardens.Each Sunday tour and mini-lecture is approximately 1.5 hours long and starts at 1PM rain or shine.
Invasive Species- Many invasive plants are illegal to sell in NY State. This brief talk will cover prohibited plants and provide information on how to manage invasive plants in your garden.
Master Gardener Volunteers of CCE-RC plan and maintain the Demonstration Gardens, trying out new and different plants to determine their suitability for our area. Many of the plants are selected for drought tolerance or deer resistance. Others are chosen for size, blooming time and winter interest. Maintenance follows Cornell’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM encourages the minimal use of toxic pesticides. Demonstration gardens at CCE-RC include the Cutting Garden, Fern Garden, Herb Garden, Hillside Garden, Native Plant Garden, Ornamental Grass Garden, Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden, Rain Garden and IPM Fenced-In Demonstration Gardens.
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