Gardening Program To Explore Use Of Native Plants

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program, Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are hosting a Native Landscapes and Gardens Day on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day is based on a simple idea: the use of native plants should remain an integral part of sustainable landscapes. It will include four native gardening workshops with keynote speaker, Sally Cunningham, presenting “Ecological Landscaping.” Sally’s talk will address why and how gardeners, homeowners, professional landscapers and country property owners can make a difference in our plant selections and how we design and tend our gardens, yards, suburbs and cities.

In addition to Sally’s presentation there will be three other native gardening workshops given by local experts, Jon and Priscilla Titus, professor of biology at Fredonia State and ecologist, respectively; Mark Baldwin, director of education at Roger Tory Peterson Institute; and Betsy Burgeson, Master Gardener program coordinator. Topics will include an Introduction to Native Plants, Beneficial Insects and the YardMap Program. The event offers alternative ideas, knowledge and perspective presented by experts and professionals from our region and beyond. It is for landscape architects, designers, educators, Master Gardeners, government employees, homeowners, gardeners, naturalists and anyone else eager to learn more about this growing movement. The day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. The cost for the event is $40 and includes a catered lunch. To register please call JCC Center for Continuing Education 338-1005. Space is limited. Registration is required and will close on Wednesday.

For more information on the Native Landscapes & Gardens Day or the Master Gardener Program, please contact Betsy Burgeson; 664-9502, ext. 204 or

The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to educate and serve the community, utilizing university and research-based horticultural information. This program is administered through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.

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