Master gardeners to lead tour of Allenberg Bog

Want to experience one of the finest undisturbed areas in southwestern New York state? Interested in unique vegetation and flora that includes dense thickets of rhododendrons, numerous species of wildflowers, ferns, huge hemlocks, tamarack stands and cancrivorous plants? Then join the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardeners on a tour of the Allenberg Bog on Wednesday with a rain date of Thursday. Program Coordinator Betsy Burgeson will be leading the tour. Participants should meet at the Frank Bratt Ag. Center in Jamestown at 9 a.m. to caravan to the bog, which is located near Napoli. The tour will begin around 10 a.m. and take approximately two hours.

The Allenberg Bog is owned by the Buffalo Audubon Society. It is a 390-acre wildlife refuge with a 70-acre section of rhododendrons and unique bog life. It has wild orchids, 30 species of liverworts, 60 species of mosses and 258 species of plants. Any collecting of any plants in this refuge is strictly prohibited.

Please bring water to drink, as well as wear a good insect repellent and suitable footwear that can get wet (old sneakers are best).

Registration is not required, but it is recommended. Call Betsy Burgeson at 664-9502, extension 204 to register.

The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to educate and serve the community, utilizing university- and research-based horticultural information. This program is administered through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, contact: Betsy Burgeson, Master Gardener coordinator, 664-9502, extension 204, or Emh92@cornell.edu.