Gardening in containers can make a big impact on your landscape!

Gardening in containers can make a big impact on your landscape!

What vegetables are easy to grow at home?

Learn some easy tips for designing an attractive flower garden.
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Learn some easy tips for designing an attractive flower garden.

Gardening Presentations

Add something special to your organization’s event with informative university research-based “mini courses” and programs. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-NC) offers a variety of gardening programs for presentation to area civic or community associations, libraries, garden clubs and societies, adult education programs and fraternal organizations, for a nominal cost.

Experienced CCE-NC personnel and Cornell Master Gardeners provide in-depth 75 to 90 minute presentations with Q&A sessions for $150 per presentation.

For more information and to schedule programs for your community group, call the CCE Horticultural Center at 516-433-7970 ext. 50.

A Selection of Available Topics:


CONTAINER GARDENING MADE EASY (PowerPoint Lecture)

Not enough space or just want to add interest to your home? Learn about one of the hottest trends in gardening – growing plants in a wide variety of containers. A container garden can enhance an entranceway, solve a landscape challenge or beautify a deck or patio, or add elegance around a pool. Learn how to choose your container, design a container planting and maintain your mini garden throughout the garden season.

FALL PLANTING OF SPRING BULBS (PowerPoint Lecture)

Fall is a great time to start thinking of the following spring and how you can make your gardens beautiful with spring flowering bulbs. Spring Bulb topics that will be covered include: identification, selection, design, planting, animal deterrence and dividing. Also learn how to grow bulbs in containers. This lecture will take you through very early to late blooming spring bulbs that you may never have thought of growing.

FLOWER GARDEN DESIGN BASICS (PowerPoint Lecture)

Have you always wanted a flower garden but don’t know where to start? This presentation’s focus is on key elements to think about when designing your garden including height, color, texture and site. Following these tips will help you to be successful.

GARDEN TO TABLE VEGETABLES (PowerPoint Lecture)

Home Vegetable Gardening is on the rise, harkening back to our “Victory Garden” past. There is nothing like eating a slice of your own homegrown tomato. Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden or just need a little advice? Let us help you learn to choose the right location for your veggies, prepare your soil, and decide between vegetables from seeds or transplants. Learn general maintenance needs that will lead to bountiful harvests.

GROW NATIVE/LIVE NATIVE (PowerPoint Lecture)

Why is everybody talking about natives? Gardening with well-adapted native plants is not only beneficial for the ecosystem, but also for growers. In this lecture, we will discuss what native plants are, how they differ from their non-native counterparts, and why they are important to consider when making plant choices for your landscape. The lecture includes examples of native plant gardens on Long Island, as well as a step-by-step process about how to incorporate native plants into your garden.

GOLD MEDAL PLANTS (PowerPoint Lecture)

Covered in this presentation is the Gold Metal Plant Program for Long Island. These plants have proven performance, are pest-free and have multi-seasonal ornamental appeal for Long Island gardens. These plants are easily grown and readily available for Long Island.

HERB GARDENING (PowerPoint Lecture)

In this lecture we will describe herb plants, their uses and how to grow them. Some herbs are grown as edible, others as therapeutic and some for their fragrance. Basil, dill, chives, oregano, mint and marigolds are just a few of the many we will discuss that are suitable for Long Island. Gardening with herbs is fun, easy and useful.

HOME COMPOSTING (PowerPoint Lecture)

Learn Home Composting from an in-depth PowerPoint Presentation created by the Cornell Waste Management Institute. Topics that will be discussed include: What to compost; how the process works; the importance of heat, oxygen and moisture; Composting Systems; Uses of Compost and the Benefits of Compost. Small-scale composting is easy to do and the finished product is a great soil amendment for landscape and gardening use.

LANDSCAPING WITH TREES AND SHRUBS (PowerPoint Lecture)

Often when designing a landscape you do not realize what Trees and Shrubs will do well in your yard or commercial property on Long Island. This presentation will give you some basic knowledge needed for planting and selecting trees and shrubs. It will then highlight 30 trees/shrubs that do well on Long Island with their photos, care and requirements. This presentation should help you design a successful landscape. 

LAWN CARE & OUR ENVIRONMENT (PowerPoint Lecture)

This in-depth lecture will give you all the information you need to show off your lawn to your neighbors. Proper mowing, watering and fertilization, disease, insect and weed control, thatch and core aeration are just some of the topics discussed. The leaching potential of fertilizers and pesticides into Long Island ground water is high and will be an important focus. We will explain pesticides and who is allowed to use them as well as lawn care without pesticides. This is also a chance for the homeowner to become more informed so that they can have meaningful discussions with their landscaper.

PERENNIAL GARDENING (PowerPoint Lecture)

Herbaceous perennials are plants that bloom year after year. Their tops die back to the ground each fall but their crowns and root systems remain alive (though dormant) during winter. This lecture will cover their needs such as light, soil, fertilization, pruning, water and air circulation. The lecture will also cover many different varieties of perennials.

PRUNING ORNAMENTALS IN THE HOME LANDSCAPE (PowerPoint Lecture)

Proper maintenance of your trees and shrubs is important for their health as well as for safety. This presentation is an in-depth lecture about pruning trees, deciduous shrubs and evergreen shrubs in your home landscape. The pruning topics covered will include: reasons, timing and ways to prune and what equipment should be used. Learn the proper pruning methods, rejuvenation techniques and how to manipulate shrubs into small trees.

PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED (PowerPoint Lecture)

Proper care of your landscape in the fall is important to the success of your plants for the next season. This course discusses what to do in the garden to get ready for winter. Topics include: perennials, lawn care, bulbs, vegetable gardens, soil pH testing and composting.

If you follow these practical tips you will be amazed by the improved results next spring.

ROSE GARDENING BASICS (PowerPoint Lecture)

Don’t let rumors about roses being “too much work” discourage you from enjoying the “Queen of Flowers”. Learn how to get your roses off to a winning start with careful selection, proper planting, pruning and maintenance. Earth-Kind roses and their easy care reputation will be covered.

SELECTING AND PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS (PowerPoint Lecture)

This in-depth lecture covers everything you need to know to select and plant the best tree/shrub for your landscape. It discusses: Selecting a Container, Balled & Burlapped or a Bare root plant. How to assess the tree and proper placement. Optimum planting time and methods. Fertilizing, Mulching & Watering. The knowledge you gain from this presentation will help you to plant and grow a healthy tree/shrub.

THE CARE AND CULTURE OF ORCHIDS (Hands on Lecture)

Did you always want to buy an orchid but thought they were hard to maintain? Now is your chance to learn all the secrets of growing orchids. This presentation will provide a guide to orchid culture including: kinds of orchids, light requirements, temperature, fertilizer, watering, potting mediums and how to keep your orchids healthy and happy for years to come.

WAKE UP YOUR GARDEN (PowerPoint Lecture)

Successful gardens and landscapes are the result of proactive gardeners and growers! Learn what needs to be done to get your garden up and growing at the beginning of spring. Lawn care, soil testing, mulching, watering and the care of flowers and spring bulbs are some of the topics that will be discussed. Start the season off with a strong viable landscape.

Last updated March 18, 2016