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Spring Lecture Series

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Master Gardener Program’s "Spring Lecture Series" is a great opportunity for gardeners of any level of experience, especially those who were unable to attend our annual Garden Day event.   Each class will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at our Education Center, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston, NY 12401.  

May 31, 2017   Organic Weed and Pest Control:

Even the best organic gardeners have some pest problems. Learn how to control pests and weeds organically by focusing on preventing problems and creating a natural balance to keep pests at bay. Cecily Frazier will teach organic strategies like building up healthy soil to strengthen plants, as well as cultural, biological, physical and chemical controls for gardeners in their ongoing struggle with critters and weeds.

Instructor Cecily Frazier is an Ulster County Master Gardener Volunteer, a life-long organic gardener, and someone who loves learning new things about her passion: gardening. Cecily volunteers at the Vanderbilt Garden and is a founding member of the Rhinebeck Village Tree Commission.

June 7, 2017   Easy Maintenance Plant Choices:

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend more of your time sipping iced tea in your garden then toiling away the hours nurturing demanding plants? Diane Backus will share her hard-won knowledge and experience to guide you in choosing the best low maintenance, no-fuss plants that will deliver a beautiful garden and less work for you.

Instructor Diane Backus has been an avid gardener for over 30 years. Her favorite spring activity is stopping at garden centers from Albany to Newburgh looking for new varieties of plants. After retiring from teaching Diane turned to putting more energy into her favorite activity by becoming a Master Gardener in 2015.

June 21, 2017   Succession Planting for Pollinators:

The importance of a colorful, buzzing, chirping, and varied pollinator garden cannot be over-emphasized! Learn the tools of the trade to choose, plant and maintain a pollinator friendly garden that will bloom from spring through the first frost of winter.

Instructor Elisa Amster Ross is a recent transplant to the Hudson Valley; as such she had to learn about gardening in this four season environment. She is an ardent Master Gardener Volunteer who grows most of her own produce and enjoys ornamental gardening as well.

Registration:  $15/person, per class.  Save and attend all classes for just $40 for all 3 classes!   Pre-registration is required by the Friday before each class. Two ways to register (or in person at our office):

For help with online registration, contact Carrie at 845-340-3990 x3111 or email

For more information on the workshop or help registering by mail, contact Dona at 845-340-3990 x335 or email  

CCEUC provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the CCEUC office at  845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.


Dona Crawford
Community Horticulture Program Coordinator
845-340-3990 ext. 335


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