Garden Jump-Start Series

Jump-start your garden with our MGVs!


Garden Jump-Start Series

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday, April 17, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Monday, April 20, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Monday, April 27, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Our greatest garden tool is knowledge!

This is your one-stop-shop for getting your garden going for the first time or breathing new life into your existing garden. 

Recordings will be made available to those who register but cannot attend.

About the Series:

Our Master Gardener Volunteers are bringing you a series of online classes that will help you improve or start your garden this spring. You can attend all of the workshops or just the topics that interest you. 

Dates & Topics:

  • 4/15 Seed Starting with Donna DeSousa
  • 4/16 Invasive Species with Ann Barry
  • 4/17 Lawn Management with Jeff Schwartz
  • 4/20 Starting a Garden with Donna DeSousa
  • 4/22 Edible Landscapes with Donna DeSousa
  • 4/23 Garden Design with Chris Shankar
  • 4/27 Crops in Pots- Growing Vegetables in Containers with Vivienne Dieckmann
  • 4/29 Native Plants with Donna DeSousa
  • 4/30 Wildlife Management with Ann Barry

Registration & Fees:

There is a per session fee and a whole series fee.

Fee waived for displaced workers:

For households financially impacted by the health crisis, the registration fee is waived. 

General Registration:

We are using a sliding scale model of payment for this series. We ask you to pay what you can to help make this programming available to those financially impacted by the current public health crisis. We suggest a minimum payment of $5 per course.

Registration Process:

You must follow the full registration process to make sure you can access to the program. We apologize for the lengthy registration process. Please bear with us as we work to streamline our online programming processes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Charlie Pane at

  1. Go to our Online Registration Portal
  2. Complete all the necessary fields in our form
  3. When you submit the registration information, you will be taken to a confirmation page with a blue "Add to PayPal Cart" button at the top
  4. Click on that button and complete your payment on PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account)
  5. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to register your name and email with Zoom
  6. Complete the Zoom registration with same information you used to register with our portal
  7. You will receive a final email with the instructions for logging in to the course

Session Descriptions:

  • Seed Starting: 

    Seeds are marvelous little packages of plants just waiting to grow up in your garden. This presentation will discuss how and when to start seeds indoors and how to nurture the seedlings until they are ready to plant outdoors. It will also cover how and when to sow seeds directly into your garden.

  • Invasive Species: 

    Armed with a little knowledge, there are ways to prevent invasive species from taking over a home garden or yard. This presentation will focus on mechanical ways and least toxic methods of managing and possibly eradicating a list of 12 common yet pesky invasive terrestrial plants.

  • Lawn Management: 

    This important presentation will help homeowners improve their lawns themselves by following several simple practices. It will discuss organic versus synthetic products, will recommend fertilizing procedures, will explain soil pH testing, and will demonstrate methods
    of weed and crabgrass control.

  • Starting a Garden: 

    Whether you live in a condo or house, you can create the garden of your dreams; it's easier than you think! This presentation provides you with inspirational tips and techniques for site and soil preparation. Garden styles such as traditional beds, raised beds, vegetable gardens, and containers are also included. You will gain confidence so you can create and maintain that dream garden you are longing for. Whether it is a vegetable garden that delivers home produce or a colorful flower garden that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, this program will help you reach your gardening goals.

  • Edible Landscapes: 

    The possibilities are endless and oh, so inviting! Edible Landscaping is a beautiful, sustainable, and tasty alternative to traditional landscaping. Many trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants with edible parts can serve the same function as ornamentals and can look just as good. This program will explore ways of adding fruit, vegetables, and herbs to your existing beds, borders, and containers.

  • Garden Design: 

    In this class you will learn how to use the principles of design to plan a garden or to rejuvenate an existing property. The topics will include site evaluation and components of the design process such as the use of color, the role of structure, and characteristics of plants. The “why” and “how” will enable you to apply the principles as you plan a garden.

  • Crops in Pots- Growing Vegetables in Containers: 

    Even without a large garden, organically grown vegetables are possible on patios, balconies, and decks. By using the right container, rich soil, proper watering techniques, and maximum sunlight, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and many more vegetables are steps away from the kitchen. With the addition of colorful annuals, crops in pots are attractive elements to the landscape.

  • Native Plants: 

    Discover a selection of native flowers, shrubs, and trees that will add beauty to your landscape, will be easy to grow, and readily will be found in garden centers. Learn how native plants are defined and how they will enhance the health of the local ecosystem.

  • Wildlife Management: 

    Deer and other wildlife are a constant threat to plantings and home gardens. This discussion will address the primary wildlife challenges in our area. It will explain the behaviors and habits of the local invaders such as deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and chipmunks as well as options for limiting their damage. 



Learn More


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

Last updated April 13, 2020