Sally Cunningham To Speak At Native Landscapes And Gardens Day

Gardening and home landscaping sound nature-friendly, except that so many people do things that thwart or harm the natural systems that could be working for us. On Friday, March 1, the Chautauqua County Master Gardeners, Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are hosting a Native Landscapes and Gardens Day with keynote speaker, Sally Cunningham, presenting on how we might take a few steps in a new direction when it comes to landscaping.

“Western New York’s Sally Cunningham, having made her way in the world with her organic gardening expertise, is an enthusiastic master gardener and knowledgeable expert full of passion who easily transmits all of her energy to her audience both as a wonderful writer and speaker,” said Kathryn Radeff. Cunningham is the author of “Great Garden Companions and Ecological Gardening” and co-author of “Gardening with Perennials.”

In addition to Cunningham’s presentation, there will be three other native gardening workshops given by local experts, Jon and Priscilla Titus, professor of biology at the State University at Fredonia and ecologist, respectively, as well as Mark Baldwin, director of education at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. The cost for the event is $40 and includes a catered lunch. To register, please call JCC Center for Continuing Education at 338-1005. Space is limited. Registration is required and will close on Feb. 27.

For more information on the Native Landscapes and Gardens Day or the Master Gardener Program, please contact Betsy Burgeson at 664-9502, ext. 204, or emh92@cornell.edu

The mission of the Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program is to educate and serve the community, utilizing university and research-based horticultural information. Volunteers are from the community who have successfully completed 50-plus hours of Cornell-approved training and volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year.

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