Gardener's Day 2020 features Margaret Roach of A Way to Garden

Join us for Gardener's Day 2020


Postponed: Gardener's Day 2020

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

This Event is Postponed.

Like so many planned spring events across the country, we have postponed Gardener’s Day due to the outbreak of Covid-19. We are looking to reschedule for late summer or early fall. As soon we have a new date, we will be sure to let you know. We are so grateful for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. If you already paid for the program, you will be automatically registered for the new date or refunded if you’re not able to attend on the new date. We look forward to coming back together in the future to share Horticulture knowledge. Until then please be safe, stay healthy and enjoy the spring gardening in place

CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution, our Gardener's Day event on April 1 has been postponed until further notice.

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Rockland County present Gardener's Day 2020 on the 1st day of April.

Register via our online portal now.

Keynote Presentation

"Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days" by Margaret Roach, Author of A Way to Garden

Other presentations include:

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Tickets are available now.

  • Book Early, Space is Limited!
  • Early bird rate is $40 Starting March 14, regular rate is $50

Every Gardener’s Day ticket includes:

  • Admission to keynote presentation
  • Admission to two gardening lectures
  • Continental Breakfast
  • One ticket for Door Prize Raffle (Additional Raffle tickets for purchase at the event.)
  • Admission to Garden Market Vendor Expo

Session Descriptions

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"Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days" Keynote by Margaret Roach

Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 20 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.” Including:

  • how and why to make a four-season garden—and the basic principles of garden design that apply
  • how to shop for plants with that goal in mind
  • what makes the garden so appealing to nearly 70 species of birds and other welcome wildlife
  • how to go beyond “outdoor decorating” aimed at pure visual effect, and really engage with the garden through all your senses and emotions (that’s the “woo-woo” part!)

Right Plant, Right Place: Harmonizing Design and Ecology by Master Gardener Volunteer Chris Shankar

In this presentation, we'll identify some challenging gardening conditions, including shade, clay soil, boggy soil conditions or sunbaked soils. Then we'll take a look at the plants that can thrive in those tough spots; and, using nature as a guide, we'll learn how to create plant communities so you can garden smarter, not harder, with less weeding, fertilizer and water.

(un)Paving the Way: the How & Why of Pollinator Pathways by Lorien Barlow from the Nyack Pollinator Pathway

Pollinator Pathways are worldwide initiatives connecting natural areas in developed landscapes so that pollinators, such as butterflies, bees and birds, can access the food and habitat they need to survive. Nyack has recently launched the first Pollinator Pathway in Rockland County and we are calling for all residents to join! Regardless of whether your outdoor space is expansive or modest, all of us can contribute to the health and longevity of our valuable pollinators. This talk will cover the principles of pollinator pathways, the benefits of planting with native plants, how pollinator habitat can be carved out of public land, and recommendations of pollinator-friendly plants and trees ecologically beneficial to our local landscape. Come explore how you can get on the pathway!

Minimizing the Waste-stream: Home & Garden Edition by Kerri Scales, RCSWMA

A presentation and discussion about small steps we can take to help combat the negative environmental impacts of overproduction and overconsumption. Learn what facilities and programs exist to help Rockland residents minimize their waste output: smart shopping, repurposing, recycling and backyard composting.

IPM: Managing Garden Pests the Smart Way by Paul Trader

Many Rockland gardeners and homeowners face the challenges of trying to keep their lawns, gardens and landscapes alive, healthy and looking good. Unfortunately, insects, diseases, weeds, deer and other animals often get the upper hand. In this session, you’ll learn about IPM (Integrated Pest Management) as a strategy for preventing/managing pests, along with some of the environmentally-friendly products and methods that that are popular with gardeners and landscape professionals.

About the Speakers

About Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach, after 15 years as garden editor at Martha Stewart Living and then EVP/Editorial Director of Martha’s company, and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now creates the nationally acclaimed website A Way to Garden, and hosts the award-winning companion public radio show and podcast. The blog and show were named for Margaret’s first garden book, A Way to Garden, which was re-released in an all-new edition from Timber Press in spring 2019 on its 21st anniversary. The New York Times Book Review raved, saying that in its pages Margaret is “sensitive, wise, deliberate, thoughtful and splendidly bossy.”

Margaret is also author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There, about walking away from “success” for a quieter life lived closer to nature, and her 2013 book The Backyard Parables blends garden memoir and how-to advice.

Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert said: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!). I loved this gorgeous book. Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”

The Nyack Pollinator Pathway is a volunteer-led community project that aims to provide habitat for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and beneficial insects, one garden at a time.

About the Nyack Pollinator Pathway

Our mission is to educate our neighbors about pollinator-friendly gardening practices, to promote the use of native wildflowers in pesticide-free landscapes, and to bring community volunteers together to convert underutilized green spaces in Nyack into lush oases for pollinators and other wildlife—and beautiful landscapes for humans too!

About Kerri Scales and the Rockland County Soild Waste Management Authority

Kerri Scales is the Education Coordiantor for RCSWMA. Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority's mission is to develop the education, programs and technology to lead the waste prevention, recovery, and responsible disposal movement in Rockland County.

About Paul Trader

Paul Trader earned a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture, an MS in Integrated Pest Management, was a longtime instructor at the New York Botanical Gardens, and a Horticulture Educator and Executive Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland.


$40 Early Bird ($50 starting March 14)

Learn More


Kristen Ossmann
Horticulture Resource Educator
(845) 429-7085 ext. 108


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School
120 Kings Highway
Tappan, New York 10983

Last updated March 23, 2020