With the cascading array of major storms in recent years, just about every homeowner in the Lower Hudson Valley has had to deal with some degree of tree loss — and replacement.
Finding just the right tree to replace the ones that may have been wrong to begin with can be a bewildering challenge. Which trees will grow well in a corner with a good deal of shade? What about wet spots? And which ones can take a pruning from Orange and Rockland Utilities or Con Ed?
On Wednesday morning, horticulture educator Amy Albam will give a talk on “Right Tree in the Right Place” at a Greenburgh municipal building in Anthony Veteran Park in Ardsley. Albam has more than 20 years experience with Cornell Cooperative Extension, first in Rockland and now in Westchester.
Albam’s talk is the first in the six-part 2014 Home Gardening Lecture Series, sponsored by the master gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester. They are held in various venues around the county to encourage a wider participation.
Each lecture runs from 10 a.m. to noon and costs $15 in advance or $18 at the door, if seating is available. See the whole series for $75. Here’s the lineup:
Feb. 5: Vines and Vertical Gardening,” with Mobee Weinstein, a regular instructor at the New York Botanical Garden since 1980. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers.
March 12: “Exciting and New Varieties for 2014.” Barbara Pierson, nursery manager at White Flower Farm, will highlight new annuals, perennials, vegetables and shrubs. John Jay Homestead, 400 Route 22, Katonah.
April 16: “Flourishing Gardens vs. Plant Diseases,” with plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey, who is based at Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Riverhead. She has 35 years of experience with ornamental plant diseases and practical remedies. Scarsdale Library, Olmstead Road, Scarsdale.
May 14: “Organic Sustainability in Action,” lecture and tour with farmer Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills.
June 18: “Tour of Margee Falk’s Garden.” Falk, the former assistant vice president of Landscape, Gardens and Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden, has been working on her 1-acre Edgemont garden for 20 years. Parking only at Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale; transport by Cornell van. No walk-ins. Tours at 10 and 11 a.m.; arrive half-hour early.
For more information, including driving directions, visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/westchester or call 914-285-3590. Pre-registration must be accompanied by check and received one week prior to the lecture. Make checks payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension Westchester County and mail to: Cornell, Attn.: Home Gardening Lecture Series, 3 W. Main. St., Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523.