Arboretum Offers Planting Workshops in March

Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Parks Department Commissioner Richard Rose have announced that the Friends of the Arboretum will be offering two educational programs this March at the Arboretum, which is located at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh.

The Friends will offer “Planting a Crafter’s Garden” in the Kosuga classroom from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m on March 23. Instructor Dora Wright will discuss which annuals, perennials and herbs to plant in your garden that are easy to both grow and preserve for various craft projects. She will also share ideas for planting a small cutting garden, as well as how to grow your crafting materials in pots and containers. There will be a follow-up class on Aug. 24, “Crafting with Flowers and Herbs”, in which participants will learn how to harvest and preserve the plant material they’ve grown, and how to use them to create a variety of craft projects. Each class is $10 per person and advanced registration is required. 

For more information or to reserve a space, please call 615-3828. The Friends will present “Seed Starting for Kids” in the Kosuga Classroom from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on March 26. Children ages 7 and up will learn several ways to start growing seeds indoors that they can then plant outside when the weather warms up. They will make samples using environmentally friendly methods with recycled materials to take home. 

Participants will also learn about germination, as well as soil, water and light requirements for the seeds they are planting. The program is $3 per child and space is limited so advanced registration is required. Call 615-3828 to reserve a seat for your child.


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