IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland CCE July 2015

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland CCE July 2015

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland CCE July 2015

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland CCE July 2015

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland CCE July 2015

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland CCE July 2015

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

IPM Demonstration Garden at Rockland County CCE

Demonstration Garden

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Rockland County designed and maintain the beautiful demonstration gardens that surround the offices of CCE Rockland Education Center. The Master Gardener Volunteers' try out new and different plants to determine their suitability for our area. Some of the plants are selected for drought tolerance or deer resistance. Others for size, blooming time, or winter interest. Maintenance follows Cornell’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This approach encourages the minimal use of toxic pesticides.

Vegetable Garden

As of September of 2014 two new Vegetable Gardens have been put in at Rockland County Cooperative Extension. The gardens are in development and more information will be available soon.

Cutting Garden

The Cutting Garden demonstrates annuals and perennials that are perfect for floral arranging. It also presents ideas for growing plants well suited for life in a vase. 

Container Gardens

The Container Garden illustrates how anyone, especially those with space constraints, physical limitations or limited time can have a lush garden of ornamental plants, herbs, small shrubs or vegetables.

Fern Garden

The Fern Garden boasts more than 15 varieties of ferns hardy to this region and introduces how these often overlooked woodland plants can add interest to the home garden.

Herb Garden

The Herb Garden highlights plants with various uses that are generally not bothered by insects or browsing wildlife. In addition, the attractive, flavorful and often fragrant herbs demonstrate that herbs are not only useful but also beautiful. 

Hillside and Shade Garden

The Hillside and Shade Gardens elegantly offer solutions to the Rockland County problem of steep slopes, abundance of rocks and gardening in shade under trees and transforms them into a charming display of colorful foliage and blooms throughout the growing season. 

Native Plants

The Native Plant Garden encourages the use of beautiful, often overlooked plants native to our area that are low maintenance and need little water.

Ornamental Grass Garden

The Ornamental Grass Garden contains a variety of low maintenance ornamental grasses that provide dramatic year round interest especially in winter. There are over 20 varieties which can be adapted to any landscape 

The Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden

The Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden is named for the well-known 1965 Rockland CCE Agricultural Agent who went on to become a lecturer and host of the Garden Hotline Radio show. This perennial garden demonstrates a colorful succession of bloom against a canvas of varied foliage.

Rain Garden

The Rain Garden holds and filters rain run off from roofs and paved surfaces returning water to the ground instead of to storm drains.

Visitors

Visitors can tour the gardens to learn which plants grow best in Rockland County. From April through October on the last Sunday of each month, the Master Gardener Volunteers hold a free tour of the gardens at 1 PM. Children are always welcome. Visitors can also stop by on Thursdays (April to mid-November) between 10 and 11 a.m. to ask the Master Gardeners questions as they work in the gardens. CCE Rockland is located at 10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, NY 10980. 845-429-7085

2016 Demonstration Garden Tour dates are:

  • April 24th- Rain Barrels- Come learn about these easy devices and their savings on your water bill and the planet.

  • May 29th- Vegetables- Attend this brief primer on growing vegetables to whet your appetite! 
  • June 26th- Birds and Bird Feeders- Get advice on attracting & creating a bird friendly backyard with native plants and an assortment of food and feeders.
  • July 31st- Invasive Species- Some invasive plants are illegal to sell in NY State. This brief talk will cover prohibited plants and provide information on how to manage invasive plants in your garden.
  • August 28th- Herbs- Learn some quick, fun facts as well as the practical aspects of having an herb garden of your own.
  • September 25th- Spring Bulbs- Fall is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs! Find out the best bulbs for Rockland County and tips on how to plant and care for them.
  • October 30th- Composting- This quick session will cover composting basics, FAQs and tips on how to get started with home composting.

The 2016 Demonstration Garden Tour Flyer

Original page designed on the Cornell University website by Craig Cramer, at: http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/education/mgprogram/demogardens/rockland.htm.

Last updated September 8, 2017