Flower City Looking Good Series -- Horticultural Activities

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Saturday Rose Workshops at Maplewood Rose Garden

Members of the Greater Rochester Rose Society will provide expert advice hands-on demonstrations on how to cultivate and care for roses.

Meet by the fountain at the Maplewood Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave. map Free admission and no prior registration, rain or shine. All sessions 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • May 2: Pruning Your Roses
  • October 3: Winterizing Your Roses

Free Horticultural Workshops and Talks

Many of these discussions will be hosted by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Each week will offer a different presentation. Learn from your fellow gardeners and bring plants for help with identification. Talks will last about 45 minutes, with Q&A throughout.

 May 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Great Perennials to Grow in Our Area
Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Ave.   

 May 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Getting Started in the Garden
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St.

May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Planting Techniques
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St. 

 May 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Fertilizing Your Garden
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St.

 May 28, 6-7:30 p.m., DIY Raised Beds
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St.

May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Gardening With Edibles and Perennials
Charlotte Branch Library, 3557 Lake Ave.   

June 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Container Gardening
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St.

 June 10, 6-7:30 p.m., All About Weeds
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St. 
June 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Perennials for Sun and Shade.
Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd.  

 June 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Composting Basics
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St.

June 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Watering Techniques
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St. 
July 1, 6-7:30 p.m., Pest and Disease Management
Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton St.

Special Horticultural Events

Flower City Days at the Market
Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St.

Visit these Sunday sales that attract 20,000 shoppers each week. Hundreds of area growers bring plants directly to gardeners. Join in Rochester’s green revolution by recycling your old plant containers! Master Gardeners from the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on hand to answer  gardening questions.

  • Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 & June 7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Additional times over Memorial Day Weekend: Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 

For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/marketevents, or call 428-6907.

Lilac Festival in Highland Park
Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 17
Look for the Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 9 in front of Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 249 Highland Ave.
For more information, visit www.lilacfestival.com, or the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension

 25th Annual Maplewood Rose Celebration: Horticulture, Historyand Heritage of the Maplewood Neighborhood 
Friday, June 12-Sunday, June 14
Maplewood Park and Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave
Bring your family and friends for a photo opportunity with over 5,000 roses. Held during the peak of the blooming season, the event focuses on the beauty of more than 300 rose varieties within the historic Maplewood Rose Garden. Enjoy garden tours, craft vendors, Maplewood history and gorge tours, a community garden expo and much more! 

 This year's celebration kicks off with a family-friendly party on the Driving Park Bridge on June 12--complete with live music and fireworks.For a detailed schedule: www.cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodrosefest. 

The Urban Agriculture Garden & Training Center

In January 2015, the Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center received a GRO1000 grant from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to turn vacant property into a hands-on, educational center for community garden leaders, urban gardeners and area youth. The Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center, located at 500 Norton Street on the site of the old Silver Stadium, will house a demonstration garden where area residents can learn about gardening best practices and sustainability techniques. The garden will also provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the surrounding community which has limited access to healthy, affordable food options, and serve as a meeting place for area gardeners to network, swap goods, and sell their produce.
Gardening workshops taught by experienced area gardeners will be offered weekly; new and seasoned gardeners are welcome to attend. The garden is open during the workshops or by appointment 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., daily. To arrange a visit, call 428-7660.

Planning is underway for a Saturday film series in August. Check back for details.

2015 Training and Workshop Schedule:
Workshops will be held in the Demonstration Garden, 500 Norton Street

Wednesday, July 8; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Harvesting: When is a crop ready?

Thursday, July 9; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Organic Weed and Pest Management: What to pull, what to eat, and how to confuse the bugs!

Wednesday, July 22; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Second Season Planting

Wednesday, July 29; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cover Crops: Building Soil Quality

Wednesday, August 5; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Composting: Making Black Gold

Thursday, August 6; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Season Extension Growing with Row Covers

Wednesday, August 19; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Crop Rotation/Companion Planting

Saturday, August 22; 9 a.m. – Noon
Fruit Crops: Brambles/Strawberries

Wednesday, August 26; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cleanup and prep for 2016 


Other gardening resources in Rochester

Rochester Civic Garden Center: www.rcgc.org