The Genesee County Master Gardeners will be offering their popular educational programs again this spring. A variety of gardening topics will be presented and taught by Master Gardeners.
All programs are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Cost is $10 per person per class unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited.
For more information call 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or visit our Web site at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/gardening.
March 30 – “Using Color in the Garden” -- We will discuss aspects of color theory and its application in the garden, all lavishly illustrated with photos. Blooms and beyond -- berries, bark, variegated foliage, and garden ornaments all combine for a more powerful visual impact. And Yes! You can grow these flower combinations here since the presentation features local gardens. Registration deadline is March 24.
April 7 – “Better Garden Photography” -- Have you ever visited and photographed a gorgeous garden, but were later disappointed with your photos? In this presentation we will cover many subjects including the impact of light, and elements of composition such as balance, contrast, perspective, and color. Useful techniques are taught such as the rule of thirds, framing, and the effect of lines. All topics are illustrated with photos of garden scenes. Practical tips will improve your photos in (and out!) of the garden. Registration deadline is April 1.
April 13 – “Urban Forestry and Tree Care” -- Healthy trees are an asset as they provide cooling shade, habitat for birds and can increase the value of your property. Department of Environmental Conservation forester Garrett Koplun will instruct us on how managing trees in an urban environment differs from a traditional forest environment. We’ll discuss a number of problems common to trees in an urban setting. We will also cover ways to improve and prevent tree health issues. Registration deadline is April 8. This program is FREE.
April 20 – “Invasive Plants & Other Species in the Landscape” -- What are invasive species? Where are they located? Are they growing in my garden? What can I do? Why should I care? Find out the answers to these questions and learn how gardeners can be part of the solution. We’ll also discuss some of the alternative plants you can grow instead of the ornamental invasive plants that may be lurking in your garden. Registration deadline is April 15.
April 27 – “What’s Wrong with My Plant?” -- A gardener's introduction to plant disease identification and treatment. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of the four major categories of plant diseases and their specific treatment strategies via a review of those most commonly brought into our Helpline. Registration deadline is April 22.