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Master Gardener Education Day

  • Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host its 2022 Education Day on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Location*: Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14228

*Note we plan to hold this event in person with appropriate health and safety precautions. If coronavirus mandates or restrictions prevent an in-person event, the program will be moved to a virtual format. If the program has to move to a virtual format, participants will be refunded $25, a portion of the fee that paid for food. Participants who are registered will receive an update if the event moves to virtual. Check here for updates: http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/events/2022/03/12/master- gardener-education-day

Invited Speakers and Their Topics:

Two morning presentations by Joseph Tychonievich –

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual, small plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for containers, small gardens, and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of beautiful plants. In this talk, Joseph will share beautiful images of rock gardens to get you inspired, the basic principles of creating rock gardens, and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy to grow rock garden plants to get you started.

Great, Non-wimpy Plants You Don’t Already Grow

If you are looking for something new and exciting to grow in the garden, but don't want prissy drama queens, this talk is for you! Joseph will share some of his favorite unusual plants that are rock solid, dependable performers, along with ideas for how to search out other great plants you'll love to grow.

Tychonievich is considered one of the top 10 garden speakers in the country. He has authored several books on food gardening and is currently editor of the North American Rock Garden quarterly journal.

Afternoon Session by Joseph Han –

Floriferous Gardening

This presentation will highlight some of the best practices to promote a dramatic sequence of blooms through the garden season, as well as across multiple seasons. Plant selections are exploding, and how do you choose what plants to grow?

Han, the owner of the English Gardener Landscaping Company in Synder, NY, is renowned for his garden designs.

Cost: Advanced registration is required. Space is limited.

General Public: $60

CCE Erie Master Gardener Volunteers: $45

Out-of-county Master Gardener Volunteers: $50

Register by visiting: erie.cce.cornell.edu/events

For more information, contact Jolie Hibit at (716) 652-5400, x174, or jah663@cornell.edu. Registration is not complete until payment has been received.

The registration fee is non-refundable. Registration includes a hot buffet lunch, beverages, and snacks. The day begins with registration from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. The first of two-morning sessions start at 9:00 a.m. The full hot buffet lunch will be followed by an afternoon presentation with the day ending at 3:00 p.m. The Master Gardener volunteers will also be holding a basket auction as part of this event to benefit their programs.

For persons needing accommodations, please contact Sharon Bachman at 716-652-5400 x 150 or sin2@cornell.edu five business days prior to the event.


$60 Public, $45 Erie County Master Gardeners



Last updated March 3, 2022