Cornell Cooperative Extension touts autumn blooms, woodland trail

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ORISKANY — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is promoting the autumn features of their Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens.

“Visitors can’t believe the bursting blooms in our dahlia garden each autumn including the huge salad plate yellow dahlia. Sunflowers and other late bloomers also greet visitors, along with the popular All-America Selections Brick Garden designed by Oneida County CCE master gardeners,” Holly Wise, consumer horticulture resource educator at CCE noted. “This year the AAS (All American Selections) Landscape Challenge was ‘Diversity.’ Come and learn about the origin of specific plants like; ornamental peppers, various flowers, and more.”

Autumn is also a great time to walk their woodland trail to view the changing colors,” Wise added. “Be sure to dress appropriately and use your bug spray when embarking on the trail.”

Overall the gardens showcase 12 different gardens that peak at different times spring through autumn. They include: perennials, annuals, herbs, cottage, roses, hosta, daylilies, vegetable, pollinator, water (Zen), shrub, and dahlia gardens. The herb garden is still full of smells of mint, basil, sage and more. Located at 121 Second St., just off Judd Road, the site also features outdoor and one indoor, honey bee hives.

The gardens are open from dawn to dusk seven days a week to the public and there is a pavilion with picnic tables if guests want to bring a bite to eat.

“Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned gardener, the Master Gardener Volunteer Training program is a great way to expand your knowledge of plants, plant sciences, and gardening,” she noted.

Training sessions include hands on learning right in the Extension Gardens plus weekly scheduled gardening sessions where the volunteers help maintain the garden areas while learning and connecting with other knowledgeable gardeners. A hybrid Master Gardener Volunteer Training will be offered again in 2022. For more information, contact Holly Wise at 315-736-3394 ext. 125.

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