Western New York Garden & Landscape Symposium

JAMESTOWN – The Cornell Cooperative Exten-sion of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program is holding the first Western New York Garden & Landscape Symposium on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The day is geared toward garden, grounds crew and landscape professionals, arborists, land and forest owners and Master Gar-dener Volunteers but anyone eager to learn is welcome to attend. It will be held at Camp Mission Meadows, 5201 E. Lake Road, Dewittville. Mark Whitmore, forest entomol-ogist with Cornell Universi-ty, will be the keynote speaker and will be presenting “Invasive Landscape Pests: What’s Here, What’s Coming & What Can Be Done,” which will address the Emerald Ash Borer, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, the Asian Long Horned Beetle as well as others.

In addition to Whitmore’s presentation, there will be three other workshops given by local and regional experts, Lori Brockelbank, certified arborist with Forecon, Inc., Ellen Folts, Senior CNLP & Owner of Amanda’s Garden and Ken Lawton of Turnbull Nursery & Garden Center. Topics will include; Tree Manage-ment: Back to the Basics, Working with Natives to Build More Sustainable Landscapes and Pruning Small Tree Fruits and Berries.

The event offers sustainable ideas, knowledge and perspective presented by experts and professionals from the Chautauqua region and beyond. The symposium qualifies for 16.5 professional continuing education credits from the CNLP, ISA and SAF.

The cost for the event is $100 with an early bird reduced price of $85 if registration is received by Aug. 29, which includes all sessions, continuing education credits, a goody bag and a catered lunch.

The proceeds of the symposium go to support the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program. Registration forms are available at the Frank Bratt Ag Center (3542 Turner Road, Jamestown) or online at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/mg. Space is limited. Registration is required and will close on Sept. 22.

For more information on the WNY Garden & Landscape Symposium or the Master Gardener Program, contact Betsy Burgeson; 664-9502 ext. 204 or emh92@cornell.edu.

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

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