Tomato seedlings
Image by Sandy Repp

Tomato seedlings

Bromeliad house plant.  Photo by Dona Crawford
Image by Dona Crawford

Bromeliad house plant. Photo by Dona Crawford



Daffodils, bulb plants
Image by Sandy Repp

Daffodils, bulb plants


2017 Winter Lecture Series for Home Gardeners

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The 2017 Winter Lecture Series consists of four different 90-minute lectures designed to prepare the avid home gardener for the upcoming growing season. The courses will provide information on how to properly start your seedlings, care for your house plants during the winter, successfully prune those small fruit plants, and plant the bulbs that will give you fabulous summer blooms.

The Lectures will be held on Thursdays in February and March from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the CCEUC Education Center located at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston. The fee is $15 per person, per lecture, or participants may choose to take all four for $50 and save $10! Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a seat in each course.

To register, mail or drop off this printable registration form. For more information contact Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email  Full details on all lectures can be found below.  

February 11   Winter House Plant Care   Cindy Muro

Join us as the head of the greenhouse at Mohonk Mountain House teaches us how to expertly care for those house plants through the winter and year round. Bring your house plant questions and get answers!

Instructor: Cindy Muro, consummate propagator and grower of all things flora, is Mohonk’s Greenhouse and Garden Shop manager. She is in her 14th year of growing beautiful plants for the Mountain House and gardens.

February 25   Vegetables from Seed: Spring through Fall   Barbara Bravo and Stephanie Perkins

Every year we are inundated with seed catalogs and alluring displays of seed packets at our favorite garden centers. Learn to base your choices on proven varieties for the northeast and basic information such as starting your own plants vs. buying, selecting seed starting equipment, using cold frames, and tips on warming up the soil for spring planting and extending the season.

Instructors: Barbara Bravo is a Master Gardener Volunteer, Garden Coach and ceramic artist. She is a frequent speaker at Garden Day and local events. Barbara has planted and maintained ornamental and vegetable gardens at her home and studio for more than 25 years. Stephanie Perkins is a Master Gardener Volunteer and life-long gardener who recently retired and devotes herself full time to her passion for gardens and dogs.

March 10   Small Fruit Pruning   Jim O’Connell

Early spring is the best time to prune most small fruit, blueberries, raspberries and grapes. Learn the techniques to produce bigger and better berries.

Instructor: Jim O’Connell is an Ulster County CCE Educator based mostly at the CCE Fruit Lab in Highland with an expertise in small fruit. He primarily works with commercial growers in the Hudson Valley and is also very knowledgeable about growing cranberries.

March 24   Summer Bulbs   Cecily Frazier

Summer bulbs are some of the most beautiful bulbs of all! Cecily will be delighted to share with you information about the many glorious summer bulbs such as lilies, cannas, species gladioli, dahlias and more. Learn about the best varieties and how to plant and care for these gorgeous summer bulbs.

Instructor: Master Gardener Volunteer Cecily Frazier is a retired teacher who has enjoyed all the opportunities for learning involved in being a Master Gardener. She grows bulbs all year long: saffron crocus in fall, and for spring bloom, daffodils, snowdrops, even tulips (when she feels she can manage an end run around the deer!)


$15 per class


Dona Crawford
Community Horticulture Program Coordinator
(845) 340-3990 x335


CCE Ulster County
232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza)
Kingston, New York 12401