CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Are you longing for Spring? Cabin fever got you down? Don’t despair! Come join the Ontario County Master Gardeners for a day of horticultural inspiration at the 24th Annual Spring Garden Symposium. It is being held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm at Club 86, 86 Avenue E, Geneva, NY 14456.
24th Annual Ontario County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Symposium
Saturday, February 16, 2019
8:30 am – 2:45 pm
Club 86, 86 Avenue E, Geneva, NY 14456
Registration Deadline is February 4, 2019
Michael Volpe will be presenting Low Maintenance Landscaping: A Basic Work. Landscape Designer, Michael Volpe will guide you through the process of a site analysis looking at your soils, physical restrictions; while keeping in mind your needs and expectations. He will identify the different levels of care required for various design elements that will guide you in your selection of plant materials. Michael Volpe has been a Landscape Designer for Ted Collins Tree and Landscape in Victor for 6 years. Mike specializes in landscape design-build projects. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Michael Hannen will be presenting Rare and Unusual Perennials. Perennial gardens can be sources of great beauty and peace. There is an entire world of rare perennial plant material which most gardeners are unaware of. Michael will present some of his favorite rare perennials that most people have never heard of, but which are well suited to the climate of Western New York. Using time lapse photos from his own garden, Michael will show you an array of rare and unusual plants that will make your garden a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art. Also he will share details of where you can find and acquire many of these rare treasures. Michael runs and operates a small sustainable perennial nursery in the upper Monroe neighborhood. He grows and propagates over 800 rare and different perennial varieties for sun and shade, all different heights. He grows all of his plants in his .2-acre backyard lot in recycled reusable pots and uses his own compost to grow his plants. The plants are not grown in a greenhouse or any other source requiring the use of electricity and remain outside year round with no cover or protection.
Sarah Sorci will be presenting Medicinal Plants for the Home Garden. Whether you have a spacious backyard or a stoop for a few containers, you can enjoy easy-to-grow medicinal plants at home. Holistic Herbalist, Sarah Sorci will introduce you to a range of common perennials and lesser known medicinal plants that are safe and beneficial for wellness. Sarah will offer tips for cultivation, harvest, and storage. Recipes for herb-infused vinegar, herbal finishing salts, and proper tea preparation will be shared.Sarah Sorci is a Holistic Herbalist and is the owner of Sweet Flag Herbs in Hamburg, NY. She is a graduate of the Holistic Herbalism Program at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and is completing a clinical herbalism program through the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. She completed a Horticultural Therapy certificate through Colorado State. Sarah is Executive Board President of Greystone Nature Preserve in Fredonia, NY, where she manages the Native Medicinal Plant Trail.
Cost: $40.00 per person which includes refreshments, hot buffet lunch, registration, and a folder with all the presenters’ handouts.
In the event of cancellation, please listen to any of the following radio stations, Finger Lakes News Radio-WGVA 1240, 1590/98.1, WAUB and 104.5/1550 WCGR.WYLF (am radio 850); WHAM (am radio 1180); SUNNY 102.3 FM.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County
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