ORISKANY, N.Y. — Oneida County Master Gardener’s Herb & Flower Festival takes place from 9 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, June 18, at Cornell Cooperative Extension, corner of Judd Road and Second Street in Oriskany. At the Festival, you will enjoy garden-related vendors, walk in the Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens, great food, and excellent advice at the Master Gardener’s booth.
Free workshops are scheduled to include:
10:00 am The Herbal Chef (Linda Sturtevant and Pat Miller; Master Gardener Volunteers): What are the best herbs to use in your favorite dishes? What part of the herb should I use; leaves, flowers, or stems? Are wild herbs OK? Answer all these questions with “The Herbal Chef.”
11:00 am Houseplants Are Trendy (Lisa Ballantyne; owner of Ballantyne Gardens and MGV) Learn how to care for your houseplants and how to transition your plants from outside back inside this fall. You can keep your houseplants healthy and thriving as the seasons’ change. Keep restful foliage at hand all year.
12:00 pm The Buzz About Native Plants (Bruce Mero; Master Gardener Volunteer) Learn about our native plants with a discussion of the many attributes of the plants that have evolved in this region over the millennia and the interdependent relationships these native plants have with the insects, birds, and other critters that have co-evolved alongside each other.
1:00 pm A Great Escape in Your Own Backyard (Natalie Carmolli; Keynote speaker, Proven Winners representative) Creating a private escape in your own backyard has become a sought-after remedy to the chaos of the outside world. The key is designing a garden that works for you, instead of the other way around! In this fun and informative program, you’ll learn how easy it is to create a relaxing garden spot using low-maintenance shrubs and companion plants. The program incorporates small, garden-friendly cultivars, including a sneak peek of some new Proven Winners® ColorChoice® hydrangeas and roses. You’ll leave with ideas and inspiration to help you build your own backyard oasis or create peaceful pockets in your already established garden spaces.
ALL Classes are in Rooms B & C- stop by, enjoy a class and be entered for a chance to win a vendor prize.
The Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens house a plethora of educational gardens. Extensive herb gardens, perennial gardens filled with daylilies and flowering perennial shrubs, the rose trellises, water garden, fairy garden, butterfly house, the All-American Selection gardens, the dahlia gardens, and the Hosta linear bed.
Food vendors are available to fill any lunchtime needs. There will also be delicious Herbal pastries and Ice-cream sandwiches to enjoy after lunch. Find lunchtime seating in the pavilion and the new Pergola amid the gardens.
A Garden Scavenger Hunt filled with educational gardening information is planned for children and adults, with a chance to win a prize raffle from the Master Gardener booth.
The Master Gardener booth offers specific advice for your plant questions, pamphlets on various topics, and free garden seeds. The Nature trail holds a delightful walk in the woods, with many plants identified.
Admission to the event is $4.00 and free for children 12 and under. Parking is available at nearby Met Life parking areas with shuttle buses to the Festival. Handicap parking is available at the Cornell Cooperative Extension if needed. Due to the closing of the bridge from Rt. 840, approaching from Sutcliff Rd. off Rt. 233 is the most accessible, but otherwise, do follow the detour signs for Rt. 840.
If you have questions, contact Holly Wise, Consumer Horticulture Educator, Plant Science Master Gardener Program Leader, hlw2@ cornell.edu, 315-736-3394, ex. 125
–CCE, Oneida County