Cornell Cooperative Extension Offers Watershed Education Program – Eagle News Online

Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County will join nine local and regional organizations to provide landscape professionals and homeowners in the Skaneateles Lake watershed with a four-part educational series on designing beautiful landscapes with native plants that work to buffer stormwater runoff and to provide habitat and food for wildlife.

The first two sessions of the four-part educational series will be presented by renowned landscape artist Larry Weaner. Larry will explain how to create diverse landscapes with beautiful and functional native plants via Zoom webinars on March 23 and April 27 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The third session will take place in person at Doce Lume Farm (home of Go Native! Perennials LLC) in Skaneateles on June 24 from 8-11am.

In this session, Sam Quinn of the SUNY ESF Restoration Science Center will discuss creating grasslands on your property and Larry Weaner will present on native forests and gardens. The final session will be July 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will begin with a presentation on building a rain garden to filter downspouts and stormwater at the Skaneateles Public Library. A reception will follow at the John D. Barrow Art Gallery with short presentations on local resources by the event sponsors.

Janice Wiles of Go Native! perennials LLC, one of the co-sponsors of the event, said, “Native plants do what nothing else can. Deep-rooted native plant landscapes protect our lake and streams from storm water in a way that short-rooted grass will not. In addition, native plants are hosts for insects and caterpillars, which are important food sources for birds, fish and other wildlife. And, they are incredibly beautiful. Learning to use them well will only beautify our landscapes.

Continuing education credits are offered to landscape professionals through the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County.

For more information and to register, visit Registration is open for the first two sessions (registration for the last two sessions will open on April 27).

This event is sponsored by: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County (with support from the City of Syracuse), Go Native! perennials LLC, Skaneateles Lake Association, Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, Finger Lakes Land Trust, SUNY ESF Restoration Science Center, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Skaneateles Library, Wild Ones Habitat Gardening CNY, and John D. Barrow Art Gallery.

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