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April 2022

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Putnam County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale

Saturday, May 7th, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam is pleased to announce the 2022 Master Gardener Volunteer May Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel, NY. Our Largest Selection Ever!

The plant sale will feature a huge selection of heirloom and hybrid vegetable plants picked by Master Gardeners for Putnam County gardens. Carefully chosen tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other popular vegetable seedlings will be available singly or in multi-packs to allow gardeners try several different varieties. The sale will also include garden favorites such as colorful annuals, perennials, native pollinator plants and herbs. Beautiful pre-planted container gardens, hanging baskets and gardening gifts will be available for that perfect Mother’s Day present. The proceeds from this charity event fund numerous CCE-Putnam programs.

In addition to plants, this year’s sale will include a variety of hands-on 4-H activities for children, including face painting/tattoos, creepy critters, and several Mother’s Day Make & Take crafts from 9:30 – 12:30 organized by Putnam County 4-H youth and volunteers.

Cornell trained Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about planting, nurturing, and harvesting to help Putnam gardeners prepare for a successful growing season. Soil testing will again be offered this year, so interested gardeners are encouraged to bring samples of their garden soil. 

The event will be held rain or shine in a roomy and well-ventilated covered pavilion at Putnam Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel, NY. Visit this link for more information and a list of available plants.

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Featured Stories

Meet The Pollinators: Mason Bees

By Jill Eisenstein, Master Gardener Volunteer

As the first blooms open in earliest spring, small bees push out of their nest cavities after a long hibernation. Temperatures may hover in the mid-50s and snow may desperately cling to shady ground. Before now, these early pollinators have never seen daylight in their lives. They are in the genus Osmia, family of Megachilidae. 150 species can be found in North.... Read more....

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New York State Outdoor Burn Ban

The outdoor burn ban is in effect from

March 16 - May 14. Open burning is prohibited in NYS, with several exceptions:

• Camp fires or any other outdoor fires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed;

• Small cooking fires are allowed;

• Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed. Disposal of flags or religious items in a small - sized fire is allowed, if it is not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation;

• Only charcoal or dry, clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned; Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished;

• Open burning is the single greatest cause of

wildfires in New York State. Since the spring burn ban was implemented in 2009, the number of wildfires has decreased by more than 40%. For more information on the burn ban, please visit

DEC’s website.


2022 Perennial Plant of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association is pleased to promote Schizachyrium scoparium and cultivars as the 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year®. The wider selection of Schizachyrium scoparium and cultivars allows the perennial expert in any region to select and promote the cultivars that do best in his or her location...Read more...

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Upcoming Events


Apiculture Classes

The Center for Advancement of Apiculture in conjuction with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County located at Tilly Foster Farms is offering a 5-Part Apriculture Course or a 15-Month Apiculture Course. Learn more by visiting

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National Garden Month

April is National Garden Month! To view our gardening resources, please visit

Gardening Questions? No Problem! 


Our Horticulture Hotline and Diagnostic Lab is open, and we're taking samples by appointment only.

Contact us at: 

Or call (845) 278-6738 and leave a message. 


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