Flower City Feeling Good Series -- Horticultural Activities

2017 Flower City Feeling Good 

 Saturday Garden Workshops:  

Get excited about gardening!  The City of Rochester has teamed up with Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County to provide several exciting garden talks. Talks will take place on Saturday mornings at various City libraries.

Groceries from the Garden: Starting an Edible Garden in Your Yard.
April 29. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Arnett Library, 310 Arnett Blvd.
Learn tips and techniques for growing fresh, delicious produce in your backyard!

eed Starting For a Successful Garden: A seed starting workshop for families.
May 20. 11:00 a.m. -noon. Winton Library, 611 Winton Road.
Learn how to start seeds for your home garden. This is a family friendly workshop for youth 5 & up and their caretakers.  

Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficials: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden.
June 17. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Learn how to select perennials that attract pollinators, provide food sources for birds and support butterflies.   

Saturday  Workshops

Get excited about gardening! The City of Rochester has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension and other community groups to provide several exciting garden talks. Talks will take place on Saturday mornings at various City libraries and at the Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center (RUAGTC) at 500 Norton St.  Members of the Greater Rochester Rose Society will provide expert advice hands-on demonstrations on how to cultivate and care for roses.

May 7, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Rain Barrel Demonstration
 RUAGTC, 500 Norton St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

May 20, 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Rain Barrel Building Workshop   
 RUAGTC, 500 Norton St.  

June 10, 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Rain Barrel Building Workshop   
 RUAGTC, 500 Norton St.  

Saturday Rose Workshops

Greater Rochester Rose Society members will provide expert advice on roses and hands-on demonstrations. Meet by the fountain at the Maplewood Rose Garden; corner of Lake Ave. Workshops are free and will take place rain or shine.

  May 7, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., Rose Pruning 

Oct. 1, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., Winterizing Roses 

Wednesday Workshops

Gain hands on experience in the garden! Join Horticulturalist Walt Nelson from Cornell Cooperative Extension-Monroe County, as well as other experienced gardeners, for a series of hands-on gardening workshops related to growing and maintaining edible gardens. All Wednesday workshops will take place at the Rochester Urban Agriculture Garden and Training Center (RUAGTC) at 500 Norton Street. The RUAGTC was founded and is operated by the City of Rochester’s Northeast Neighborhood Service Center through a grant from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation.

April 26. 6-8 p.m. Extend the Growing Season.
Learn how to grow the right cool season veggies beyond frost dates so you can harvest more often.
May 3. 6-8 p.m. Easy Seeds for All-season Blooms (and Pollinators) 
Sprinkle the right seeds at the right time in sunny areas for a colorful bonus. Recognizing seedlings. How to save reliable seeds in fall. Sources & a few sample easy seeds to try this year. Choosing ornamental seed-heads. 

 May 10. 6-8 p.m. Getting Started: How Plants Grow Best.
Learn the basics for starting an edible garden: site selection, soil testing, starting seeds, etc.

May 17. 6-8 p.m. Planting Techniques.
Learn how to start edible crops, and transplant seedlings into the garden.

May 24. 6-8 p.m. Maximize Your Space/Companion Planting.
Learn how to maximize your garden space using techniques like square foot gardening and companion planting.

May 31. 6-8 p.m. Container Planting with Ornamentals.
Learn how to create container gardens that brighten up any space.

June 7. 6-8 p.m. Safe Fertilizing for Bountiful Harvests.
Learn how to choose the best fertilizers, as well as techniques for application.

June 14. 6-8 p.m. How to Recognize, Prevent, & Fight Weeds.
Learn how to identify and combat common garden weeds!

June 21. 6-8 p.m. Smart Watering Techniques & Why They Matter. 
Learn tools and techniques that help you spend less time, effort and water- and help prevent disease.  

June 28. 6-8 p.m. Composting Basics.
Learn how to make ‘black gold’ using debris from your home garden.
July 12. 6-8 p.m. Attracting & Feeding Pollinators: Butterflies & Bees.
Learn to identify beneficial insects and the importance of pollinators for bountiful harvests.  

July 19. 6-8 p.m. Berry Crops.
Learn how to include crops such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries into your garden plans. 

August 9. 6-8 p.m. Introduction to Edible Herbs.
Learn to how to incorporate culinary herbs into your garden designs.  

August 16. 6-8 p.m. Growing Herbs for Tea.
Learn how to make your own herbal tea blends with herbs from your home garden!   

August 23. 6-8 p.m. Preparing for Next Growing Season.
Learn how to prepare the edible garden for winter in order to minimize disease, weeds and insects.  



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. 


Other gardening resources in Rochester

Rochester Civic Garden Center: www.rcgc.org