CITY'S 18TH ANNUAL FLOWER CITY LOOKING GOOD PROGRAM OFFERS SPRING GARDENING OPPORTUNITIES (City of Rochester News Release - 04/01/2008)
The City of Rochester offers gardeners an opportunity to attend workshops, adopt a garden, tour an urban farm and more during the months of April and May as part of its “Flower City Looking Good Program.” For more information on the City’s gardening programs or to adopt a garden within a city neighborhood, call 428-6770 or visit www.cityofrochester.gov.
Spring Garden Talks: 7--8:30 p.m., Wed., April 9, 16 and 23.
• April 9: All about Hydrangeas. Discover hydrangeas: blooming patterns and pruning techniques. Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park.
• April 16: Butterfly Gardening. Learn easy steps to creating a beautiful butterfly garden and how to monitor and track Monarch butterflies during migration. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Auditorium, 249 Highland Ave.
• April 23: Urban Gardening. Insights on how to succeed at urban gardening--from wind tunnels to wildlife, excessive shade to super heat. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Auditorium, 249 Highland Ave.
Rose Workshop: Pruning Roses. 10 a.m.--12 noon, Sat., May 3
• Greater Rochester Rose Society members provide expert advice on roses and hands-on demonstrations. Meet by the fountain at the Maplewood Rose Garden, corner of Lake and Driving Park Aves. Free admission and no prior registration.
Free Urban Farm Tours: Begins Sun., April 20 (3rd Sunday of each month through Nov.)
• Visit city farms which harvest herbs, vegetables and fruit. Tour mini vineyards, rain collection systems and clever composting projects. Visit www.savorlife.com for details.
Flower City Garden Contest -- 18th year!
• Any city gardener may nominate his/her own garden or a neighbor’s garden. Recognition and prizes are awarded in the following categories: 1) Best Use of Container Gardening; 2) Best Use of a Water Feature; 3) Best Educational Garden Project; 4) Best Neighborhood Enhancement; Garden 5) Best Wildlife Habitat Garden and 6) 2008 Butterfly Garden. Call 428-6770 or go to www.cityofrochester.gov for an on-line entry form. Enter by July 31.
LONA NOTE: I am confident that we have many talented gardeners in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood, so I look forward to seeing many winners of the contest come from our neck-of-the-woods! Don't forget to enter!! And please contact us here in LONA so we can let others in the community know of your accolades! :)