The Master Gardener program, an important component of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, helps consumers learn best practices for plant sustainability, provides information on plants for pollinators and other beneficial insects and gives research-based recommendations for insect pest and plant disease control.
Learning about and implementing recommended practices helps consumers create more successful outcomes in community, school and home gardens and landscapes.
Our Wayne County Master Gardener program currently has 32 volunteers who have received Master Gardener Certification after completing training from Cornell facility and CCE staff. They utilize their training, their experience in gardening and maintaining plants in Wayne County and Cornell research-based information to address consumer questions on food gardening, landscape trees, shrubs and vines, lawns, composting and developing healthy soil, soil testing and amendments, plant diseases and insect pests and weed identification and control.
Part of this service includes identification of plant/tree species and weeds. Master Gardeners can help with identification of insect pests and plant diseases and give management suggestions. If pesticides are determined to be the best solution, then several options are typically given, including the least toxic and best time to apply them. All pesticide recommendations are based on scientific research, use New York State Integrated Pest Management methods and are appropriate for use by consumers in the state.
Other services provided by Master Gardeners include workshops on topics of special interest; a monthly e-newsletter with tips and upcoming events; presentations available to groups of 10 or more, schools and libraries in Wayne County; and guidance and programming for county community and school gardens.
CCE Master Gardener volunteers with CCE educators are uniquely positioned to provide best practices grounded in research-based knowledge. Through education, we can all have positive impacts on community health, the environment and the plants we grow, so take a step toward healthier plants and home environments by contacting us. We look forward to hearing from you.
For information, call 315-331-8415 or email mgwayne@cornell.edu.