Inaugural Western New York Garden & Landscape Symposium To Be Held Sept. 26

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program is holding the inaugural Western New York Garden & Landscape Symposium on Friday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The day is geared toward garden, grounds crew and landscape professionals, arborists, land and forest owners and Master Gardener volunteers but anyone eager to learn is welcome to attend. It will be held at Camp Mission Meadows, 5201 E. Lake Road, Dewittville.

Mark Whitmore, Forest Entomologist with Cornell University, will be the keynote speaker and will be presenting “Invasive Landscape Pests: What’s Here, What’s Coming & What Can Be Done,” which will address the Emerald Ash Borer, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, the Asian Long Horned Beetle as well as others.

In addition to Whitmore’s presentation, there will be three other workshops given by local and regional experts, Lori Brockelbank, certified arborist with Forecon Inc., Ellen Folts, senior CNLP and owner of Amanda’s Garden, and Ken Lawton of Turnbull Nursery & Garden Center.

Topics will include: “Tree Management: Back to the Basics,” “Working with Natives to Build More Sustainable Landscapes” and “Pruning Small Tree Fruits and Berries.” The event offers sustainable ideas, knowledge and perspective presented by experts and professionals from our region and beyond. The symposium qualifies for 16.5 professional continuing education credits from the CNLP, ISA and SAF.

The cost for the event is $100 with an early bird reduced price of $85 if registration is received by Friday, Aug. 29, which includes all sessions, continuing education credits, a goodie bag and a catered lunch. The proceeds of the symposium go to support the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program. Registration forms are available at the Frank Bratt Ag Center , 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, or online at is limited. Registration is required and will close on Monday, Sept. 22.

For more information on the WNY Garden & Landscape Symposium or the Master Gardener Program, contact Betsy Burgeson at 664-9502, ext. 204, or

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

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