Photo of the Xeriscape Garden


Learning in the Garden Series

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 16, 2022, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, August 13, 2022, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

These FREE classes are held at the SUNY Ulster Xeriscape Garden,491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge, NY on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Please dress for the weather and you are welcome to bring a lawn chair to sit on.

June 18-Welcome Home Bees 11am

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.

June 18-Pollinator Party 11am-2pm In Honor of National Pollinator Week

Did you know that pollinators provide one-third of our food and most of our flowers? They do essential work, and it’s time to honor them. Bring the whole family for a day of pollinator fun, filled with activities for the kids, informative talks, Pollina-tours of the garden, raffles, giveaways, and more! Come discover how to create a pollinator-friendly habitat in your backyard and celebrate pollinators with us

July 16-Inviting Creepy Crawlies Into Your Garden

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. Children (ages 4 and up) are invited to this talk. There will be a special separate activity just for them .

August 13-Birds 101

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.

September 10-Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale 10am-12pm

All the proceeds support the maintenance of the Xeriscape Garden. Plants at this sale are either from the Xeriscape garden or gardens of our Master Gardeners. Cash or Check only.

October 15 -My Beautiful Yard 10 am

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. 




Courtney Churchill
Master Gardener Coordinator/ Agriculture Program Assistant
845-340-3990 ext. 335


SUNY Ulster
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, New York 12484

Last updated September 12, 2022