Time for school, Putnam gardeners.
Just in time for the late winter doldrums, the annual Spring Gardening School will be held on Saturday, March 15. Last year, some 90 gardeners of all levels of experience enrolled for the daylong schedule of classes.
Learn about organic gardening and lawn care, compost, how to draw birds to your yard and what to plant in containers.
Sponsored by the countyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cornell Cooperative Extension and its master gardener volunteers, the school will be at the Putnam Emergency Training and Operations Center (Don B. Smith Campus) at 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel.
Registration costs $25. For another $10, you get a boxed lunch or you can brown-bag it.
Mike Ruggiero, an experienced teacher at the New York Botanical Garden and part-time consultant at Matterhorn Nurseries in Pomona, will give a keynote talk at 9 a.m. on how to make and maintain bold, eye-catching containers.
Then you get to attend any four of the eight classes that will be held the rest of the day. Each class has a suggested experience level: Advanced (A), Intermediate (I) and Beginner.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a look at the classes:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Native Plants as Ecological Partners (A), with Dianne Olsen, environmental horticulture educator.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Environmental Lawn Care (B), with Jennifer Stengle, environmental horticulture educator.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Mushrooms: Exciting Discoveries in the Woods (B), with Marc Palmer, president of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Propagation, Division: Making More Plants (A), with one of the master gardeners.
Compost: Environmental Bonanza in Your Kitchen (B), with master gardener Zshawn Sullivan.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Tomatoes and Other Vegetables (B), with master gardeners Sue Douglas and Al Lotrecchiano.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Attracting Birds to Your Garden (I), with master gardener Anita Malpica.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Perennial Gardens (I), with one of the master gardeners.
The day will conclude with a question and answer panel from 3 to 4 p.m.
For more information, including a downloadable application form, visit counties.cce.cornell.edu/putnam/ or call 845-278-6738.