Let's Garden Day! Join Master Gardeners Saturday, March 7 at 8:30am at Ovid Fire Hall.


Let's Garden Day!

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

 Registration is required. Register online at:

(If you are unable to access the internet, please call CCE Seneca at 315-539-9251)

Join us as Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners present a day of interesting speakers, homemade food and refreshments, and gardening information to help you prepare for your gardening projects this spring and beyond!


9:15am Edible Landscaping With Uncommon Fruits Marvin Pritts
10:30am Refreshments/Break
10:45am  Landscaping With Woody Plants:  Site Considerations and Plant Selections Brandon Miller
Noon Lunch - buffet prepared by the Seneca County Master Gardeners
12:45pm Permaculture Gardening: Beautiful & Functional  Sean Dembrosky


Q&A with Master Gardeners, door prizes, free seeds, and evaluations

  • Marvin Pritts obtained a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University in 1978, a M.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 1980, and a Ph.D. in horticulture at Michigan State University working with wild species of blueberries. Marvin came to Cornell in 1984 as the berry crop specialist with an appointment in extension, research and teaching. He works primarily with production, season extension, and pest management systems in strawberries and raspberries, and has consulted with berry farmers throughout the world.   
    • Most gardeners relegate their food-bearing plants to the back of the house and put their showy ornamentals in the front for all to see. However, there are a myriad of fruit-producing plants that have beautiful flowers and foliage, and also produce edible fruits. Many of these are not commonly grown, but will thrive in the NY climate. Come learn how to spice up your landscape with beautiful ornamental plants that also produce flavorful, nutritious and inexpensive fruit. 
  • Brandon Miller is a Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University working in the Urban Horticulture Institute under the direction of Dr. Nina Bassuk. Brandon’s research aims to improve managed landscapes by solving production issues of desirable nursery crops and exploring management and landscape-installation techniques that enhance the quality of urban sites. 
    • Site assessment and plant selection are necessary components to creating a beautiful and functional landscape. The pitfalls and limitations of a planting location determine the success, or failure, of woody-plant establishment. However, thoughtful plant selection criteria can simplify the process of enhancing your landscape. We will discuss issues often encountered with planting sites, how to match your landscape to well-suited tree and shrub selections, and introduce underutilized species of woody plants that merit attention.
  • Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres has been planting permaculture gardens and food forests for 15 years. Patterning gardens, orchards and his nursery after what he observes in nature, the systems he works with have become richly diverse, resilient and quite productive. Nature has so much to teach us when we are excited to see and learn!  
    •  Permaculture can be a gardening style that helps plants thrive in relationship to one another, while restoring soils, facilitating habitat and creating both beauty and food/medicine for us! We'll explore basic concepts of permaculture and examples of how you can incorporate these easy ideas in your garden this season!

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Patti Paine
Horticulture Program Educator


Ovid Fire Department
2136 Brown Street
Ovid, NY 14521

Last updated March 23, 2020