The Master Gardeners of Putnam County are excited about their Spring Gardening School, a One-Day University on all things gardening. All are invited to join this annual event, which includes classes and a presentation with digital images by Duncan Brine, principal landscape designer of Horticultural Design, Inc. The New York Times, Horticulture Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, and other publications have featured Brine’s work. His speech, “Structuring Nature: Whole Property Landscape Design,” focuses on his six-acre garden in Pawling, NY.
Brine founded his naturalistic landscape design and installation firm in 1984. He is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wild Flower Society. Brine wrote the introduction to Penguin/Putnam’s anthology The Literary Garden: Bringing Fiction’s Best Gardens to Life.
The volunteer Master Gardener program originated in the Northwest in 1972 to disseminate horticultural knowledge. It soon proliferated nationally. The Putnam County Master Gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Dianne Olsen and Jennifer Stengle lead the classes and workshops of the Spring Gardening School informed by the scientific research of New York’s Cornell University.
Classes include the recent revival of interest in Coleus, new ideas for container gardens, the hands-on workshop Turf Love: environmental lawn care, preventing or delaying tree death, creating a cutting garden, fresh ideas for growing salad greens, organic ways to protect your plants from pests and disease, and a hands-on class in plant propagation. Participants may choose four of the eight classes offered. The day concludes with a question-and-answer panel.
Start the gardening season by joining the enthusiasm of the Putnam County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden School on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Emergency Training & Operations Center, 112 Old Route 6, in Carmel, NY.
Pre-registration is going on now. Call 845-278-6738. The fee is $40 per person. (Continental breakfast provided. Please bring your own lunch.) Registrations are taken until the day before the event and walk-ins are welcome. For more about keynote speaker Duncan Brine, go to www.gardenlarge.com.