2023 Gardening Classes

2023 Gardening Classes


2023 Gardening Classes

  • Saturday, January 14, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, May 13, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, August 12, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for our 2023 Gardening Classes!

Taught by our Master Gardener Volunteers these classes will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month @ 9:00 am. (Note that there are two classes in March, the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, and no class in April or July.)  Sign-up for as many classes as you would like.

2023 Gardening Classes

Date and Time
Saturday, January 14th @ 9:00 am
Landscaping for New Homeowners

When moving into a new home, figuring out what to do with the landscaping can be quite overwhelming. This class will take you through the process starting with assessing everything in your yard, both the hardscaping — sidewalks, patios, driveways — and the softscaping — flowers, shrubs, tree, lawn. We will then discuss how to create a long-range plan for your yard and how to start making changes. In the event of inclement weather, this class will be held virtually via Zoom.

Saturday, February 11th @ 9:00 am

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Learn about the history, benefits, and proven best practices for growing Shiitake mushrooms on logs at home or for small scale commercial use. In the event of inclement weather, this class will be held virtually via Zoom.

Saturday, March 11th @ 9:00 am


Pruning is easy when you can identify how a plant grows, understand the purpose of pruning, and know proven pruning techniques. This class is designed to provide a solid base in the science and practice of selective pruning so you can enhance the beauty and vigor of your shrubs and trees.

Saturday, March 25th @ 9:00 am

Home Composting

Not sure what to do with your kitchen, garden, and yard scraps? Would you like to start composting at home? Come learn the basics of home composting including what, where, and how to compost. We also will provide proven suggestions for your home compost bin design and discuss vermicomposting (composting with worms).

Saturday, May 13th @ 9:00 am

Vegetable Gardening

During this class you will learn all about vegetable gardening from deciding where to put your garden to when to harvest your bounty. You will also learn about numerous crops that grow well in our area, how and when to plant them, and how to care for your garden throughout the year.

Saturday, June 10th @ 9:00 am

Container Gardening

Whether you are looking to grow vegetables and herbs, create a beautiful living screen, or just beautify your home, this class will help you get your container gardens off to a great start. Learn how to choose your containers, select and arrange plants, and maintain your containers so they look fabulous throughout the garden season.

Saturday, August 12th @ 9:00 am

Lawncare for Homeowners

When is the best time to fertilize your lawn? What variety of grass seed grows best in the shade? How often should you lime your lawn? How do you know if you have a grub problem? Come learn the answers to these questions and more as we discuss how to make your lawn an attractive environmental asset.


Lawn Elimination and Reduction

This program has been canceled. We hope to reschedule it for next year. Picturesque lawns require vast inputs of time, energy, lawn care products, and water, but offer little wildlife habitat or food for people. This program will cover the basics of lawn reduction or elimination for the homeowner. We will discuss your goals, budgeting time and money, site assessment and site preparation, as well as the selection of appropriate plant material, including tips for establishing a wildflower meadow.

Saturday, October 14th @ 9:00 am

Putting the Garden to Bed

Preparing a garden for overwintering is an art and a science. Removing dead leaves from some plants is healthy; others require them for winter protection. Many species, though dead, contribute food and form and creature protection; others benefit from wrapping against harsh winds and hungry deer. Learn the basics and apply them to your own garden.

Saturday, November 11th @ 9:00 am

Integrating  Native Plants in Your Garden

Native plants can enhance your garden by adding structure, color, and texture, as well as food for native fauna such as pollinators and birds. During this class we will explore plants native to our region and how you can successfully integrate them into your current gardens transforming them into beautiful native sanctuaries.

Participants are encouraged to bring photos, site plans, and plant lists from their current gardens. After a short presentation we will work together to develop a multi-year plan to integrate natives throughout the landscape.

Saturday, December 9th @ 9:00 am

Backyard Maple Syrup

During this introduction to the process of maple syrup creation, learn how to make real maple syrup as we touch briefly on the history of syrup production, discuss tree identification, learn about tree tapping and the collection and processing of sap into syrup.


$10 per class / $0 per class (solidarity pricing for those who cannot pay at this time)




Susan Ndiaye
Community Horticulture Educator
845-344-1234 Ext.250


Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
18 Seward Avenue
Suite 300 (third floor)
Middletown, New York 10940

Last updated June 26, 2023