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Events Spring Summer 2018
Classes, Workshops, Events

Unless another address is given, all classes and events will be held
at the CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
To Register for classes, call: (607) 272-2292.

May

Growing Small Fruits
Wed. May 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Small fruits, which include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, currants and jostaberries, are well-suited for growing in smaller spaces and generally more tolerant of heavy soils than tree fruits. Learn about site selection, cultivar selection, planting, maintenance and disease and pest control for these fruits. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events.

Bike To Work Day Event
Fri. May 18, 7:00 - 10:00 am

Join hundreds of people in Tompkins County biking on National Bike to Work & School Day - Friday May 18th, 2018. From 7am-10am, enjoy FREE breakfast and giveaways at any of several stations set up around Tompkins County. Cornell University and Tetra Tech are a few of the local employers promoting an active commute by hosting breakfast on-site. People of all ages are welcome, all participants will be entered for a chance to win a special prize! Join us and find out firsthand why commuting by bike is fun, energizing, and an affordable way to get where you need to go. Coordinated by Way2Go, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Join our 2018 Facebook event and invite friends to bike along! https://www.facebook.com/events/772815792897911/


Ithaca's Annual Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
SUNDAY, May 20, 9:00 - 2:00 pm at Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St., off Route 13

Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties. A huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials are offered by over 40 area growers. Flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops round out the selection. Free soil pH testing and gardening information offered. Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants.

Community Energy Conversations
Wednesdays: May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Our energy systems are changing! Grid changes are affecting the way our electricity is produced, distributed, and used in our homes and other buildings. These changes bring opportunities and challenges for your family to spend less on your energy bill, lower your energy use, support the switch to renewable sources, and be more comfortable in your home.
Come find out what’s going on and what this means for you and your home. Leave with more information about how the electric grid works, your energy use, smart meters, and tips to reduce your energy use.
We will cover an energy topic every month: New energy landscapes (April), Smart Use Rates and what it means for you and me (May), Balancing your energy budget with Energy Manager (June), DIY energy efficiency (July), Energy Efficient Community-managing peak loads on our electrical grid (August), and What will it take to get there: 50% renewable by 2030 (September). A parallel energy literacy session for children of all ages is provided for those who tell us they would like to bring their children along.We hope you will join us! For more information email Aislyn Colgan acc332@cornell.edu


Rock Gardening in the Finger Lakes
Thur. May 24, 6:00 -8:00 pm

Master Gardener and rock gardener Carol Eichler will show slides of the construction of her rock garden in 2016, as well as the best plants for rock gardening in our region. The class will also include a tour of the rock garden at CCE that is planted and maintained by the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events

Compost with Confidence - Getting Started
May 26- Floral Ave Community Garden, Sat. 12 noon - 1:00 pm- (same class different locations)

Free, outdoor compost class held the 4th Saturday of the Month in area community gardens. Master Composters teach how to setup and manage compost. Includes tours and composting demonstrations in the garden. www.ccetompkins.org/compostwithconfidence
June 23- Ithaca Community Gardens
July 28- Ithaca Children's Garden
August 25- Freeville Community Garden

No-Dig Gardening Techniques
Thurs. May 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

At this hands-on class participants will learn a variety of no-dig techniques, including broad forking, lazy beds and using raised beds. The class will take place outdoors so wear your gardening clothes and shoes! Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events.

June


Companion Planting & Interplanting in the Home Garden.
Thurs. June 14, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Companion planting and interplanting are two easy techniques for integrating more diversity, resilience, and, beauty, and efficiency into your edible gardens. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events.

Compost with Confidence - Getting Started
Sat. June 23- Ithaca Community Gardens, Sat. 12 noon - 1:00 pm- (same class different locations)

Free, outdoor compost class held the 4th Saturday of the Month in area community gardens. Master Composters teach how to setup and manage compost. Includes tours and composting demonstrations in the garden. www.ccetompkins.org/compostwithconfidence

Community Energy Conversations
Wednesdays: June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Our energy systems are changing! Grid changes are affecting the way our electricity is produced, distributed, and used in our homes and other buildings. These changes bring opportunities and challenges for your family to spend less on your energy bill, lower your energy use, support the switch to renewable sources, and be more comfortable in your home.
Come find out what’s going on and what this means for you and your home. Leave with more information about how the electric grid works, your energy use, smart meters, and tips to reduce your energy use.
We will cover an energy topic every month: Balancing your energy budget with Energy Manager (June), DIY energy efficiency (July), Energy Efficient Community-managing peak loads on our electrical grid (August), and What will it take to get there: 50% renewable by 2030 (September). A parallel energy literacy session for children of all ages is provided for those who tell us they would like to bring their children along.We hope you will join us! For more information email Aislyn Colgan acc332@cornell.edu


Plastic Garden Container/Pot Swap
Fri. June 29 & Sat. June 30, 9 am - 6 pm

Bring plastic pots, trays and cell packs to Cooperative Extension and take what you need with you! Broken pots should be taken to the Tompkins County Recycling Center, or put out with your recyclables. Please, no hanging baskets. Please try to stack the pots and trays in the compartments, designated for that item type. These are the only two days for donating pots this year.

July

Tompkins County Open Day
Sat. July 7, 10:00 am - 4:00pm, in 4 various locations

This year's Open Day features four unique private gardens, including gorgeous flower gardens, water elements, shade gardens, stone works, themed gardens, and a handbuilt barn transformed into an artist's studio. Proceeds from this biennial event benefit the Tompkins County Community Beautification Program and the national Garden Conservancy. Cost: $7.00 PER GARDEN. www.ccetompkins.com/events

Garden Insect ID and Organic Insect Control
Wed. July 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Participants at this class will learn characteristics of the major insect orders in our region, have an opportunity to try their hand at identifying insects using web and print resources, and gain information on how to deal with common insect pests organically. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events

Fall Gardening in the Finger Lakes
Wed. July 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

It may be hot and sunny in the midst of July, but the time is now to start planting your fall garden to extend your harvest until Thanksgiving. Come learn the timing and techniques for planting fall and winter crops. This class will be hands-on in the garden, weather permitting so come dressed appropriately. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events.

An Urban Oasis- Edible Garden Tour #1
Wed. July 25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, off site

An urban oasis in th midst of the City, this garden on a double lot integrates edibles and ornamentals, herbs and fruits, and stonework built over the years by a multigenerational family working together. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Address of garden, given upon registration.

Community Energy Conversations
Wed. July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Our energy systems are changing! Grid changes are affecting the way our electricity is produced, distributed, and used in our homes and other buildings. These changes bring opportunities and challenges for your family to spend less on your energy bill, lower your energy use, support the switch to renewable sources, and be more comfortable in your home.
Come find out what’s going on and what this means for you and your home. Leave with more information about how the electric grid works, your energy use, smart meters, and tips to reduce your energy use.
DIY energy efficiency (July), Energy Efficient Community-managing peak loads on our electrical grid (August), and What will it take to get there: 50% renewable by 2030 (September). A parallel energy literacy session for children of all ages is provided for those who tell us they would like to bring their children along.We hope you will join us! For more information email Aislyn Colgan acc332@cornell.edu

Compost with Confidence - Getting Started
Sat. July 28- Ithaca Children's Garden, 12 noon - 1:00 pm

Free, outdoor compost class held the 4th Saturday of the Month in area community gardens. Master Composters teach how to setup and manage compost. Includes tours and composting demonstrations in the garden. www.ccetompkins.org/compostwithconfidence
August 25- Freeville Community Garden

August



Plant Disease ID and Organic Disease Control
Wed. Aug, 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Plant disease problems can be prevalent in our region, especially in cool wet summers. Learn how to identify common plant diseases in the early stages, and how to treat them organically. Participants will also learn preventative steps you can take to minimize disease problems. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F.

A 40 year old Edible Garden in the hills
Wed. Aug. 8, 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Edible Garden Tour #2

Joel and Sara Gagnon have created an evolving landscape that has met most of their food needs for 40 years. Fruits and nuts have been integrated into the landscape where possible and caged or fenced in when not. Both the common and the less common are grown here and this garden reflects what it is possible to grow in a valley location prone to spring frost. They have acquired some fairly well-informed opinions about what does and doesn't work and are happy to share what remains relevant in a changing climate. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events. Address of garden, given upon registration.

Community Energy Conversations
Wednesdays: Aug. 22, Sept. 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Our energy systems are changing! Grid changes are affecting the way our electricity is produced, distributed, and used in our homes and other buildings. These changes bring opportunities and challenges for your family to spend less on your energy bill, lower your energy use, support the switch to renewable sources, and be more comfortable in your home.
Come find out what’s going on and what this means for you and your home. Leave with more information about how the electric grid works, your energy use, smart meters, and tips to reduce your energy use.
We will cover an energy topic every month: Energy Efficient Community-managing peak loads on our electrical grid (August), and What will it take to get there: 50% renewable by 2030 (September). A parallel energy literacy session for children of all ages is provided for those who tell us they would like to bring their children along.We hope you will join us! For more information email Aislyn Colgan acc332@cornell.edu

Seed Saving
Thurs. Aug. 23, 6:00 -8:00 pm

Saving your own seeds is an amazing way to take your gardening to the next level while growing the best plants that are most adapted to YOUR garden site and saving money while you're at it. Learn the tricks to saving seeds in our wet climate and some easy crops to save in any garden. We will also go over a bit of advanced seed saving for trickier crops that need isolation or wet fermentation. This class will be hands-on in the garden weather permitting, so come dressed appropriately. Cost: $7-$10 *S.S.F. Register online at: www.ccetompkins.com/events.

Compost with Confidence - Getting Started
Sat., Aug. 25- Freeville Community Garden, 12 noon - 1:00 pm

Free, outdoor compost class held the 4th Saturday of the Month in area community gardens. Master Composters teach how to setup and manage compost. Includes tours and composting demonstrations in the garden. www.ccetompkins.org/compostwithconfidence

September

Advanced Compost 3-part Series
Thurs. Sept. 13, 20, & 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Go beyond the basics of composting and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting. Hands-on demonstrations teach advanced techniques like compost testing, identifying soil critters and harvesting finished compost. Master Composter-level material taught without the volunteer committment.$5 per class, or $10 for the series, pre-registration required. Register online at ccetompkins.org or call 272-2292.

For Solutions to your Yard and Garden questions contact
GROWLINE
(607) 272-2292 x161
Email: growline1@gmail.com
Staffed by trained Master Gardener Volunteers
Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Horticulture Happenings


Ithaca's Annual Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
SUNDAY, May 20, 9:00 - 2:00 pm at Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St., off Route 13
Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties.A huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials are offered by over 40 area growers. Flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops round out the selection.Free soil pH testing and gardening information offered.Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants.


Fall Creek Garden Tour
Sun., July 08, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
, rain or shine Free self-guided tour begins at Thompson Park where brochures with garden descriptions and maps will be provided. Enjoy eight of our many beautiful Fall Creek neighborhood gardens and chat with host gardeners. Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the park for prizes donated by local garden centers. Some of the proceeds will be donated to Youth Gardening Education. Please like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/FallCreekGardenClub/ Sun. July 8, 11am-3 pm, Thompson Park

Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society Meetings (open to all) usually occur on third Saturdays, except in summer. Please call Carol Eichler, 607-269-7070 or visit the chapter website, http://acnargs.blogspot.com

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society
meetings are all free and open to the public. http://flnps.org

FLNPS WALKS, OUTINGS, and WORKSHOPS meet at different times and locations. Check the website at fingerlakesnativeplantsociety.org; call Anna Stalter at 379-0924 or e-mail ams15@cornell.edu; or call Susanne Lorbeer at 257-0835.

Auraca Herbarist meetings
The Auraca Herbarists are an herb gardening study group associated with Cornell Plantations and its NYS Robison Herb Garden. They usually meet the second Tuesday of each month at 12 for lunch, with the program at 1 pm. For more information, email: Auracaherbarists@gmail.com or call Pat Curran at 607-564-7927.

For details of events and classes at Cornell Plantations,
visit the website at: www.cornellplantations.org


Ithaca Children's Garden
All programs held at the
Ithaca Children's Garden,
southern end of Cass Park, Rt. 89, Ithaca



ReJunevate
Friday, June 8th, 6-9 pm

Live music, an enchanting atmosphere, and delicious local fare and libations will intersect for an unforgettable garden party designed to bring out the playful spirit in us all. Event goers will enjoy a special offering of garden games and exciting locally-curated baskets up for auction. Tickets go on sale April 9th. All proceeds support Ithaca Children's Garden's mission of inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. Learn more: ithacachildrensgarden.org/events/rejunevate/

Volunteer Wednesdays
June 13th - summer, 4-6 pm

Get your gardening mojo on from 4-6pm every Wednesday at Ithaca Children's Garden. Tools, gloves, and lots of fun garden tasks provided. No need to register. All ages welcome. Plan on bringing an adult buddy if you are age 12 and under. For more information: jean@ithacachildrensgarden.org

TUF Farm Stand Opens
Tuesday, June 20th, 9:30 am- 5 pm

Stop by the Farm Stand in the Garden's parking lot to pick up some fresh produce and cool drinks that have been grown and prepared with care by our Teen Urban Farmers. All produce sold at the Farm Stand is grown organically and sustainably, and all proceeds from sales go to support the Teen Urban Farmers program.

TUF MicroCSA Program
June 27th - August 29th (optional extension through September 26)

Sign up to receive a weekly bundle of the freshest Garden produce, flowers, and herbs that are grown by ICG's Teen Urban Farmers. Pickup options will be made known sooner to the program's beginning. $120 for a full summer share, and $168 for an extended share. Email lauren@ithacachildrensgarden.org with any questions or to reserve your share today!

International Mud Day
Saturday, June 30th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Ithaca Children’s Garden welcomes summer with a mud-riffic day of play in the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone. Mud slides, mud pools, mud pies, and mud fun for the whole family! Bring a few dollars for snacks, a towel or change of clothes, and a bundle of laughter to enjoy this afternoon of summertime play. Open to all. Suggested donation: $5/individual or $15/family.

American Horticulture Society Children and Youth Garden Symposium
July 12th - 14th

Connect with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world, and learn more about the importance and methodology of Garden-based learning. Registration opens in April: http://ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/youth-...
For more information about ICG's programs and events, visit: ithacachildrensgarden.org, email info@ithacachildrensgarden.org, or call 607-319-4203

Contact

Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
mjc72@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130

Last updated April 30, 2018