Weekly garden calendar for Westchester and Rockland – The Journal News | LoHud.com

March 1

Croton-on-Hudson: Seed to Feed with 2 Hands 2 Learn. The Seed to Feed program introduces children to basic botany and ecology. Discover how plants grow, their uses, and what parts we eat. Make a garden bowl using ingredients from every part of the plant. Participants plant a variety of seeds and watch their own plants grow at home. Registration required. Sign up in person or call during library hours. 11 a.m. Free. Library, 171 Cleveland Drive.

March 6

Pleasantville: Hello My Garden. The Pleasantville Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting followed by guest speaker Colleen Plimpton giving an interactive, humorous look at opening the garden in spring, including tips on dividing, fertilizing, attracting songbirds, bulb care, garden design and homemade deer repellents. 9:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Road, 914-747-1049.

March 7

Rye: Seeds To Schools. Half-day workshop for teachers, parents, administrators, community volunteers, non-profit staff and anyone who is interested in developing or maintaining an edible garden at school. Co-Sponsored by the Rye YMCA. Registration is required and seating is limited. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road

March 8

Yorktown Heights: Learn from seed-saving expert Shanyn Segalon on how to plan your garden for effective seed saving from the start. Learn about which plants to save and how to plan for storage. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children under 12. 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

March 12

Briarcliff Manor: Learn how to create your own individual topiary with Arlene Zabar, from a plant of rosemary, myrtle or lavender. Zabar is the author of “The Potted Herb.” 11:45 a.m. Free. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, 48 Macy Road, 914- 432-8529.

Katonah: Barbara Pierson, nursery manager at White Flower Farm, will highlight new annuals, perennials, vegetables and shrubs. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 in advance, $18 walk-ins. Send checks to Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Westchester, 3 W. Main St., Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523. Info: http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/westchester/ 914-285-3590. Lecture is at John Jay Homestead, 400 Route 22.

March 13

Tarrytown: Incorporating Native Plants Into Your Garden. Master Gardener Barbara Fischer explains why native plants are important to your garden as well as to the larger local ecology. She shows how you can mix natives with non-natives in your landscape and also provides several examples of spring favorites. Sponsored by the Little Gardens of Tarrytown. Free. Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway.

March 15

Yorktown Heights: Starting Seedlings. Learn from our farmers how to successfully start your own seedlings, whether vegetable or flower seeds. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children under 12. 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

March 19

Cos Cob: Using Edible Plants in Your Yard. Edible plants are the fastest growing segment of horticulture, but it is no longer just the usual rows of veggies and herbs. They are now part of the landscape, used as much for their ornamental attributes and visual interest, as their food value. Lloyd Traven, owner of Peacetree Farm, will look at ways to work edibles into all areas of your landscape. Come see some of the wonderful new plants, and get some tips on how you can be successful and eat well too. $45. 11 a.m. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St. www.gecgreenwich.org, 203-869-9242

March 20

Bronx: Designing with Native Plants. 14th annual Winter Lecture Series. Washington-based Landscape architect Thomas Rainer will critique current native plant design approaches and present his bold, ecologically expressive design aesthetic that interprets rather than imitates nature. Lecture has been approved for two credit hours by the AIA, APLD, and LA CES. 10 a.m.-noon. $35. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., 800-322-6924.

March 21

Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking No. 1: 2014. Together you and your partner will learn how to cook from scratch several healthy and delicious restaurant-quality recipes. Bring a bottle of wine and someone special, and savor the satisfaction of a home-made meal. Limited to 12 couples; registration required; $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

March 22

Stamford, Conn.: 11th Annual Fairfield County Home & Outdoor Living Expo. See upscale displays of home related products and services from contractors, builders, designers, remodelers and repair professionals from Fairfield. Get information about everything from home furnishings, marble and granite, home theaters, designers, architects, builders, spas, kitchens, baths, windows, flooring, siding, roofing, furniture, decks, paving and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Also March 23. $10; 12 and under free. Stamford Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 2701 Summer St., 203-222-9757, Ext. 105.

Yorktown Heights: Vegetable Container Gardening. Do you have limited space and or time but still want to grow vegetables and herbs? Our famers will show you how to grow your plants and seeds in containers so that you can have fresh herbs and vegetables in just a few short weeks. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children under 12. Walk-ins welcome 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

March 29

Upper Nyack: Annual Flower Show, sponsored by the Garden Club of Nyack. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s show is “The Hudson River Valley.” Upper Nyack Elementary School, 336 N. Broadway.

April 5

Scarsdale: DIY Garden Series-Part 1. How to start your vegetable garden series, including garden location and space allotment, soil testing and treatments, animal exclusion techniques, and more. Part 1 of 2. 2 to 4 p.m. $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road.

April 6

Scarsdale: DIY Garden Series-Part 2. How to start your vegetable garden series, including garden location and space allotment, soil testing and treatments, animal exclusion techniques, and more. Part 2 of 2. Open to everyone, even if you didn’t attend Part 1. 2 to 4 p.m. $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road.

April 9

Briarcliff Manor: Maintaining Healthy Trees. Brad Gurr, ISA certified arborist and branch manager at SavATree will explain the proper ways to maintain your trees & shrubs. Learn to prune, why to prune, what to prune and how to prune. 11:45 a.m. Free. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, 48 Macy Road, 914-432-8529.

April 12

Yorktown Heights: Berries Beyond. Join farmer Max Zanke for a workshop on how to establish and maintain healthy berry plants. Topics will include site selection, soil preparation, pruning and harvesting techniques.Registration required; $20, $5 for children under 12. 10 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

April 18

Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking, with chef Maria Reina, who has a weekly “Seasonal Chef” column on The Journal News’ Small Bites blog (www.lohud.com/food). Bring a bottle of wine, someone special and savor the satisfaction of a homemade meal. Limited to 12 couples, registration required, $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.

April 24

Rye: 2014 Daffodil Show, an annual celebration of narcissus blooms of every cultivar and species. Come with friends or family to see winning entries at the sunny yellow 1907 Carriage House of the Jay Heritage Center. Entries accepted between 8 and 10:15; viewing 1:30 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Little Garden Club of Rye. Free. Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road.

April 26

Cos Cob: Green Schools Walk in the Pinetum. Come find out about the many ways Greenwich students have been contributing to our natural resources. Come on a hike and tour trail projects of the past, present and future with Deanna Novak and Meg McAuley Kaicher. Learn how students can get involved, get their hands dirty, and link up to global conservation efforts. Registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St. www.gecgreenwich.org, 203-869-9242.

May 3

Pocantico Hills: Sheep Shearing Festival 2014. Highlights: Watch farmers shear our flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Learn about wool and sheep at education booths. Observe professional weavers and spinners. Try your hand at carding, combing and felting wool. Join our farmers and educators for demonstrations and tours. Help us herd our sheep from the barnyard to the pasture. Sells out every year. Youth (2-14): $15; adults $25. Member pre-sale begins March 10; to public March 24. 10 a.m. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, 914-366-6200.

May 7

Briarcliff Manor: Spring and Summer Wildflowers, with Carol Gracie, author and lecturer who has worked for the Nature Conservatory and the New York Botanical Garden. 11:45 a.m. Free. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, which is accepting new members, 48 Macy Road, 914-432-8529.

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