Summer/Fall 2018 Horticulture Course Brochure

  • Composting Made Easy

Wednesday, May 30th

6:30 p.m.

CCE Auditorium

If you’ve considered composting at home but were not sure how to get started, or tried it and became discouraged, join us for the Composting Made Easy workshop. We’ll explain what to compost and demonstrate how to mix materials and manage the compost so you get the results you desire. There is no charge for this workshop, but please email Kevin Mathers at or call 607-584-9966 to let us know you will be attending. 

  • Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale

Saturday, May 26

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Broome County Cooperative Extension

Broome County Regional Farmers Market

Cutler Botanic Gardens

Herbs, perennials, shrubs, roses and ornamental grasses are just a sampling of what you’ll find at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Plant Sale.Visit the Farmers Market, get growing and planting advice from Master Gardeners; enjoy a stroll around Cutler Botanic Garden, then take home some purchased plants to grow in your own garden.Come early for the best selection.Carts/wagons are welcome. Proceeds support operations of Cutler Botanic Garden.

    “Canning with Ann” Food Preservation Series with Master Preserver Ann Supa in the Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market Commercial Kitchen:

    • Canning with Ann – Strawberry JamWednesday, June 20th6pm-8pm

    Cost: $25

    Come and learn proper techniques for both hot water bath and freezing strawberry jams and jellies. See what types of equipment are required and maintenance to keep them working properly. You will get recipes, learn food preparation techniques and bring home a sample of what is made that night. To register, please call (607) 584-9966 or visit: to register and pay online.

    • Canning with Ann Principals of Pickles (Dill/Sweet/Relish) Tuesday, July 10th 6pm to 8pm

    Or Saturday July, 21st 3pm to 5pm

      Cost: $25 Please choose one date.

      Come and learn proper techniques for making both dill and chunk pickles. We’ll discuss the best places to purchase local cucumbers in bulk for your recipes. We’ll review the types of equipment required and food preparation techniques. You will get recipes and bring home a sample of what you prepare that night. To register, please call (607) 584-9966 or visit: to register and pay online.

      • Canning with Ann – Preserving Peaches! Tuesday, August 14th 6pm to 8pm

      Or Saturday, August 18th 3pm to 5pm

      Cost: $25Please choose one date.

      Learn how to can peaches in a hot water bath canner so you can enjoy the taste of fresh peaches during the winter. We will also be making a peach jam to enjoy on our morning toast.

      • Canning with Ann – Tons of Tomatoes! Wednesday, September 12th 6pm-8pm

      Cost: $25

      Come and learn how to make both tomato sauce and salsa. We’ll cover the best varieties to use as well as proper food preparation techniques. You’ll learn about the difference between pressure canning and hot water bath and when to use which. You’ll leave with recipes and a sample of what we make that night. To register, please call (607) 584-9966 or visit to register and pay online.

      • Herbal First Aid Kit Workshop Thursday, June 21st 6:30 to 7:30 pm

       Cornell Cooperative Extension Lawrence Conference Room

      Cost: $5 per person to cover cost of materials

        Ever wonder what to do with all those herbs you grow throughout the season?Master Gardener Elaine Gregory will teach you how to not only preserve some of your favorite herbs, but also how to turn them into oils, salves, tinctures and vinegars.Each participant will receive an herbal salve or hand sanitizer and recipes to make your own.

        Pre-registration is required.To register, contact at (607) 584-9966 or visit: register and pay online.

        • Much Ado in the Garden Sunday, July 15th1pm to 4 pm

        Broome County Regional Farmers Market/Cutler Botanic Garden

        Celebrate the Renaissance Era in Cutler Botanic Garden and the surrounding campus.

        Featuring: The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, EPAC’s Steampunk Romeo & Juliet, Master Gardener tours of Cutler Botanic Garden, pageantry, royals and jesters, plenty of photo opportunities, vendors, raffles, plant sale, food and more! Adults & children of all ages welcome. No pets, please. Costume dress is encouraged! Free entry but a donation of $5 will be welcome support for Cutler Botanic Garden. Pre-registration requested to adequately plan for vendors and food. Online registration can be found at:

        • 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program

        Saturday, August 18th 1pm to 3pmAg. Development Center Atrium, CCE Broome

        It has been 40 years since the Master Gardener Volunteer program began in Broome County and it has been growing ever since.Join past and present Master Gardeners, staff and special guests for refreshments, speakers, garden tours and loads of information about the Master Gardener Volunteer program. Reminisce while you watch slides of how the Master Gardener Program and Cutler Botanic Garden have evolved.Free of charge but please pre-register so we can plan food accordingly. Online registration can be found at:

        • Annual Fresh Food Face Off Wednesday, September 19th 5pm to 8 pm

        Broome County Regional Farmers Market/Cutler Botanic Garden

        Come and enjoy the beauty of Cutler Botanic Garden while attending the signature fundraiser of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County. Local chefs are challenged to create the “Best Taste” using local, in-season ingredients while being paired with NYS wines and beers. Local dignitaries award the “Best Taste”; attendees award the “People’s Choice”. Enjoy the premiere local foods scene while supporting programming in our community. Check out our Facebook (Fresh Food Face Off) page for more information and to keep up to date on what restaurants, wineries, breweries are added on a regular basis.Tickets can be purchased online at:

        • Growing American Ginseng in the Southern TierSaturday, September 22nd 1pm to 5pm

        Join Ginseng Expert Bob Beyfuss for a classroom presentation followed by woods walk. This program is designed to teach participant how to get started growing American ginseng on forested land in the Southern Tier. This class will begin by teaching you how to assess a forested site for suitability for growing wild simulated ginseng.

        The cost for the class is $25/person and you must pre-register as space is limited. Participants will receive a copy of The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng by Bob Beyfuss. Attendees may register online by visiting:

        About our speaker: Bob Beyfuss retired from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County in 2009 where he served as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and also as the NY State specialist for American Ginseng Production for Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Bob received his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in 1973, majoring in Botany and his Master's degree in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1987. His Master’s project was “The History, Use and Cultivation of American Ginseng”. He is the author of "American Ginseng Production in NY State", "The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng" (a 65 page grower’s guide), "Ginseng Production in Woodlots" "The Economics of Woodland Ginseng Production", (both published by the USDA National Agroforestry Center) “Growing Gourmet Mushrooms from A to Z” “Companion Planting” and several other fact sheets regarding ginseng, organic gardening and mushroom growing in forested environments. Bob is also an Internationally Certified Arborist.

        • Watch for our annual Cutler Botanic Garden wreath sale.Pre-orders of wreaths and swags begins October 29th, 2018.


        Carol Fetterman
        Administrative Assistant - Ag, Hort & Environment
        (607) 584-9966

        Last updated May 14, 2018