Eighteen intrepid hikers headed off to Thatcher’s Pinnacles in the Danby State Forest on Sunday to see an incredible view and many wildflowers and uncommon trees. Along the trail we observed American chestnut and chestnut oak, along with pink lady’s slipper in full bloom, Trillium grandiflorum, Canada mayflower, Gnaphalium obtusifolium, starflower, Polygala, geranium, Uvularia, and many more.
Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, will have its final plant sale of the school year on Friday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hortus Forum greenhouse at the Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse complex on Tower Rd. (Directions.)
The students will be selling their usual selection of tropicals and succulents, plus pitcher plants, air plants, ferns, ivy topiaries, and lots of spring bulbs (tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils).
And as long as you’re in the area, be sure to check out SoHo’s Horticulture Outreach Day activities …
Our planned Horticulture Outreach Day that was postponed because of rain and cold weather has been rescheduled:
Friday, May 8, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Horton classroom at Kenneth Post Lab.
Come learn about plant propagation, make beautiful artwork with plant materials (cyanotypes, right), create soil painting and compete with the bees for prizes in a game of pollination at the annual Horticultural Outreach Day.
Celebrate Horticulture this Earth Day! Come learn about plant propagation, make beautiful artwork with plant materials (cyanotypes, right), and compete with the bees for prizes in a game of pollination at the annual Horticultural Outreach Day.
April 22 (Earth Day), 12 to 2 p.m.
On the Ag Quad south (by Plant Science)
Ian Peach, 2014 Frederick Dreer Award recipient will be presenting a seminar on his travels to Christchurch, New Zealand and the landscape architectural response to the earthquake.
His talk is entitled:
Seedbombs and Teatime: The Imperfect Parks of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Wednesday April 22, 12:15 p.m.
461 Kennedy Hall
The Frederick Dreer Award, administered by the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, offers wonderful opportunity for one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture. The application deadline for the current cycle has passed. But you can view the application and instructions to start planning ahead for the 2016 award.
Before coming to Cornell, Detrick was the alpine horticulturist at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, N.Y., where she worked with a diverse collection of alpine plants from around the world developed by the late Frank Cabot and long-time director Caroline Burgess. Detrick will share what she learned about which alpine plants and growing practices are best suited to the inhospitable conditions they face in Ithaca and the Northeast.
The program is free and open to the public and starts at 1 p.m in Plant Science 404. Bring a brown bag lunch and socialize starting noon.
From Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program:
Camp Mushroom #2
Sunday, June 7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cornell Campus & MacDaniels Nut Grove
COST: $50 includes handouts and instruction
Due to the popular demand for our two-day Camp Mushroom (which is sold out for April session), we are offering an additional, one-day class which will cover the same cultivation methods as the original.
The main difference is we won’t be serving meals (bring your own lunch) or having the course at the Arnot Forest. We also will not be able to offer logs to take home. (Sorry.)
Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition, laying yard and management considerations and economics of growing mushrooms as a small farm enterprise will be covered.
Anyone who wants to get into mushroom growing as a serious pursuit should not miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced growers and researchers who will present for this event.
This is part of a weekly event series called The Alternatives Cafe–connecting library materials to local interests. The cafe is a weekly opportunity for discussion, collaboration, and education. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments are available.
The annual School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) Chili Cook-Off was an event not to be missed.
Students, faculty, and staff from all five Sections packed Emerson 135 Thursday to sample traditional and exotic versions ranging from hot to savory to sweet — many making use of unusual ingredients not found in most recipes. The creations demonstrated the kind of creativity, ingenuity and good taste you’d expect from SIPS folks.
18 teams competed for prizes in three categories.
And the winners were:
Meat category: Get Shorty by Jenn Thomas-Murphy, Soil and Crop Sciences
Vegetarian category: Pineapple Chili by Sammy Mainiero and Sam Leiboff, Plant Biology
Wild card category: Bunny Chow by Andy Read, Ian Small, Monica Carvalho, Jose Vargas Asencio, PPPMB/Plant Biology
“It was a lot of fun and a big success,” says Adam Karl, Horticulture graduate student who has helped organize the event three years running.