These FREE classes are held at the SUNY Ulster Xeriscape Garden,491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge, NY on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Classes start at 10 am and last about 30 minutes.
Please dress for the weather and you are welcome to bring a lawn chair to sit on.
Do you want to know more about how to invite birds into your yard?What to do about helping the birds already there?Recent research shows that almost 3 billion birds have disappeared due to a multitude of problems. Please join the Master Gardeners on June 20 for this free class at 10am in the award winning Xeriscape Garden at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY. You will find out how to help the rest get enough food, have a healthy, safe place to nest and reproduce, and continue to bring beauty and joy into our lives.
Do you cringe at caterpillars? Shy away from spiders? Do battle with the beetles?It’s time to rethink and understand why you should HELP not harm “the little things run the world” (E.O. Wilson).Insects provide a wide range of benefits to humanity; our crops depend on insect pollination (especially bees and butterflies), they provide food for many birds and mammals, they decompose dead materials, and they act as predators.Learn why insects (particularly caterpillars) are crucial for our survival and what you can do in your garden to help.
Did you know that there are over 4,000 native bee species in North America? These bees and other pollinators are responsible for pollinating a tremendous amount of our food supply. Many of them are in serious trouble due to habitat loss and pesticide use. You can make a difference though, by welcoming them into your backyards and gardens with “bee hotels” and flowering plants that they love.Learn about their different nesting habits, what flower shapes work best for which bees and some easy DIY tips for creating these bee habitats.
Explore a new approach to the land around your house, discover ways to have a healthy yard, including leaving the fall that autumn brings.Find the beauty in how nature changes seasons by allowing space for a diverse ecosystem, rather than imposing a 'neat as a pin' lawn approach.One advantage to this lifestyle is a more relaxed way to put your garden and yard to rest for the winter.
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, New York 12484
Last updated March 11, 2020