Join us for Gardener's Day!

Join us for Gardener's Day!


Gardener's Day

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Rockland County invite you to Gardener's Day 2018.

Gardener's Day 2018


Wednesday, March 28 March 21st, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
10 Patriot Hills Lane
Stony Point, NY 10980

Keynote Presentation by
New York Times Bestseller &
American Horticultural Society Book Award-winner
Marta McDowell

Presentations include (detailed descriptions below):
• Native Plants Don’t Have to be Ugly
• Planting a Bouquet: Growing Your Own Décor
• Gardening in a Warming World: Can I Really Grow a Fig Tree in Rockland?
• Taking the First Steps in Creating a Sense of Place: Design your Unique Garden Space

Early bird rate: $30
After March 1: $40
Book Early, Space is Limited!

Tickets include a complimentary breakfast, composting workshop, entry into the door prize raffle and access to the Garden Market vendor expo.

Visit: to register.

About Marta: 

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden
and consults for private clients and public gardens. Timber Press has published her recent books
including The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little
House Books in September 2017. All the Presidents' Gardens made the New York
Times bestseller list in 2015 and won an American Horticultural Society book award. Beatrix
Potter’s Gardening Life won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association and is in its
sixth printing. Marta is working on a revision of her first book, Emily Dickinson's Gardens, due
out in a full color edition by Timber Press in 2019.

Workshop Descriptions:

  • Native Plants Don't Have to Be Ugly: Using Native Beauty in Your Garden: Discover a selection of native flowers, shrubs and small trees that will add beauty to your landscape; are easy to grow; and are readily available in garden nurseries and online. Learn how native plants are defined and why adding them to your garden will support the health of the local ecosystem.
  • Gardening in A Warming World: Can I Really Grow a Fig Tree in Rockland?:  As climate change accelerates, we are entering unknown territory, particularly for gardeners and landscapers. What will be possible or impossible to grow in 10 years, or 100 years from now? This presentation will provide information on the basics of climate change and a list of current and future impacts of climate change on NY state. Attendees will learn ways to manage gardens to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts and will develop an understanding of systems thinking, a valuable tool that is fundamental to understanding the challenge of the changing climate and how it relates to gardening skills and techniques. The garden-based learning program at Cornell University developed this presentation to accompany the Gardening In A Warming World course book, a 36-page resource available at Attendees are encouraged to browse the Course Book prior to the presentation.
  • Taking the First Steps in Creating a Sense of Place: Design your Unique Garden Space:  "Genius Loci: Garden Design and the Spirit of the Place". What makes some gardens living masterpieces? Not just color, form, line, proportion and focal points. Gardens that stand the test of time have been designed with the Genius Loci, or spirit of the place, in mind. This elusive but important element of garden design can give your own garden a sense of place and timelessness. With garden inspiration from around the world, Chris Shankar explains how we can use the special characteristics of the Lower Hudson Valley to help you create your own living masterpiece.
  • Planting a Bouquet: Growing Your Own Décor:  Beautiful floral arrangements and décor don’t have to be costly and be designed by a professional. By planting a cutting garden, choosing the right indoor plants, and gathering cuttings from plants around your home, everyone can incorporate beautiful nature-based designs into their living and working space. Come get tips on floral arrangement and learn how to nurture plant-life around the house to collect for arrangements and decorations.



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CCE Rockland Education Center
10 Patriot Hills Drive
Stony Point, New York 10980