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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Native Plant Garden encourages the use of beautiful, often overlooked plants native to our area that are low maintenance and need little water.
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 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.
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
Original page designed on the Cornell University website by Craig Cramer, at: http://www.gardening.cornell.
Last updated April 8, 2019