Hudson, New York
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13 March 2018 05:35PM

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties invite the public to attend this year’s Spring Gardening Day event at Columbia-Greene Community College, Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year we are pleased that The Fabulous Beekman Boys – Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, will be this years’ keynote speakers. When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the Beekman Farm in upstate New York in 2008, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. Known best as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” from their hit television reality show, the duo has put their stylish stamp on seasonal living. Their farm and surrounding community serves as the inspiration for their lifestyle brand, “Beekman 1802.” Their latest cookbook A Seat at the Table: Recipes to Nourish Your Family, Friends, and Community is based on the tradition of food at the center of community and includes more than 115 recipes that embody the traditional story of stone soup, in which everyone brings together their small piece to the pot to create something much greater than its parts. Their keynote speech will run from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and will be followed by a book signing.

Sixteen 90-minute classes will be offered in two concurrent sessions, covering a wide range of gardening topics. Registrants can select one class from each of the two workshop sessions — the first session runs from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., the second from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided during registration and the break.

The cost of the program is $30 per person for 2 sessions and the keynote address, $15.00 for one session and the keynote address, or $15 for the keynote address only. Topics include:

• Attracting Birds and Butterflies to your Garden with Native Plants
• Backyard Chickens: Getting Started
• Birding 101, Moving Beyond the Birdfeeder
• Container Gardens
• Creating a Cutting Garden
• Garden Thugs: Dealing with Invasive Plants
• Landscaping Design for the Conscientious Gardener using Permaculture Techniques
• Micro Greens
• Rain Gardens
• Roses, Roses, and More Roses!
• Starting Your Farm Dream
• Summer Flowering Bulbs
• The Versatile Herb
• Vegetable Gardening 2018
• What’s the Buzz: Beginning Backyard Beekeeping
• Worm Composting and Build-Your-Own Worm Bin

A registration form and payment must be received by Friday, April 6th. You can receive a registration form by calling the Extension Education Center in Hudson at 518-828-3346 x209; you can also register and pay online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Garden2018event_210 or you will find a complete description of all the workshops, as well as the registration form, CCE’s website http://www.ccecolumbiagreene.org/. Please use a separate form for each person attending. Please be sure to include your daytime phone number and registration fee. Please note that registration is complete only when payment is received. Unless we contact you following your registration submission, you can assume you received your first choice for the session. Please pick up your class and room assignment between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

In case of inclement weather, please tune to WHUC Radio (1230 on your AM dial) or call Columbia-Greene Community College at 518-828-4181 that morning regarding possible cancellation. Should you be unable to attend after your registration is submitted, please find someone to take your place as there is a no refund policy. Walk-ins the day of the program may be accommodated but class offerings, as well as handouts, may be limited.

For information other CCE programs, visit the website listed above. You can also find us on Facebook. If you have a special need related to program participation, please contact CCE 518-828-3346 in advance. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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