The Sustainable Backyard at Spring Garden School March 23

Cornell Cooperative Extension offers courses at Desmond-Fish

How can you have a sustainable backyard and garden in an environment of changing climates, changing expectations and, for some, lack of time and money? The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County have put it all together for the public at their annual Spring Garden School. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Desmond-Fish Library, in Garrison. The program begins with registration at 10 a.m. and continues through the day, ending at 3 p.m.

The Sustainable Backyard theme will feature classes to help participants save energy and reduce their use of nonrenewable energy, use water wisely, protect and enhance backyard ecosystems, and protect gardening efforts against deer. The classes are taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and Master Gardener volunteers:

Gardening in a Changing Climate: In our changing environment and climate, what are the most earth-conscious practices we can do in our gardens? This class presents the best garden practices that not only impact our yards but the whole ecosystem.

Rain barrel and Composting: Those wondering how to use free and natural resources in their gardens can attend this session, which shows how easy it is to catch rainwater from a roof and turn kitchen scraps into rich food (compost) for a garden.

Creating a Backyard Habitat: Insect wars going on in a garden can actually help plants thrive. This lesson provides important information that will make backyards welcoming, diverse habitats for beneficial insects.

Oh Deer: Impacts on Our Gardens and Habitat: Some may feel like deer in headlights when they notice that their favorite plants have been devoured by deer. This class presents the negative impacts of deer grazing to native habitats and what can be done.

Stump Session: Join all the Master Gardeners and professional educators for a question and answer wrap-up.

Registration information: The cost for the entire day is $15 per person. Register two people together for a discounted $25. Mail and online registration (preferred) information is at for more information.

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