Friday, February 25, 2011


Thanks to Lenore Friend for this information:

Finger Lakes Community College will offer a free gardening lecture series called Ecological Gardening in four evening sessions starting March 15 in room 307 of the Geneva Campus Center, 63 Pulteney St.

Classes will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: March 15, March 29, April 12 and April 26. Entry is free but reservations for one or more of the sessions are requested at (315) 789-6701, Ext. 6000 or 6001.

Jana Lamboy, associate professor of ornamental horticulture at FLCC, will lead the lectures and discussions. Lamboy has a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She retired from the Integrated Pest Management Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension and has taught at FLCC since 2004.

The Ecological Gardening series classes are as follows:

· March 15: Gardening Alongside Deer: Learn about deer resistant plants and other strategies to protect gardens. Topics include plants with fragrances and tastes that deer do not like, barriers, repellents, and other strategies.

· March 29: Composting and Soil Health: Making compost from kitchen garbage and yard waste is easy and saves money. The product is a valuable amendment for gardens, because compost supports the soil ecosystem and stimulates healthy plant growth.

· April 12: Constructing a Rain Garden: Even in an urban neighborhood, we can purify water by creating a special garden in which native plants happily receive a temporary flood with rain water. These gardens make suitable habitat for hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

· April 26: Gardening for Butterflies: This presentation is designed to teach about the requirements of several species of butterflies. To create a butterfly-friendly garden, one must welcome the larvae as well as the adults. The survival strategies of butterflies are very interesting and diverse.


Canandaigua Botanical Society will be holding an indoor meeting on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Jim Engel is unable to attend that morning but we will still meet for a presentation by Dr. Bruce Gilman. Please join us for this PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE presentation in room C220 at the Canandaigua FLCC campus at 10 am.

Monday, February 7, 2011


**NOTE** Jim Engel was unable to present this program and it will be rescheduled for another date.***
Please join us for this indoor presentation
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 at 10am
Finger Lakes Community College room C220.

Jim Engel, landscaper and native plant expert, will explain how to integrate native plants into your own backyard. Most of our woodlands were once used for farming and later abandoned. When farm fields reverted to woodland, what developed was a forest with canopy trees and little else. Most of the understory species, woodland wildflower, are missing. Learn how to control invasive species and re-establish native plant communities by collecting and planting native seed of native plants. Jim has been in the business of propagating and growing more than 80 species of native shade trees and native flowering shrubs since 1995.