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2012 Spring Gardening School has something for everyone

Spring flowers (like this daffodil) are not the

Spring flowers (like this daffodil) are not the only expectation of April, as also Easter tends to arrive during the month. Easter dinner is a great meal for wine pairing, with many excellent choices available, such as the Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé ($35), the 2008 Château Lagrange ($45) and the 2006 Rocca Sveva Amarone ($60). (Credit: Old House Gardens )

Looking to learn a thing or two so you can take your garden to the next level this year?  The Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 2012 Spring Gardening School is a great place for one-stop, garden-education shopping. Advance registration is underway for $55 (it'll be $60 at the door.) For your money, you'll get to attend 4 sessions of your choosing, continental breakfast, box lunch, afternoon refreshments and exhibits, plus soil tests and plant diagnosis (Bring plant specimens and soil samples; call for instructions: 631-727-7850, x345 or x337.) Preregistration is required, and it's first-come, first-served.

Classes are taught by Extension master gardeners and educators at two locations: The Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood (Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and Riverhead Middle School in Riverhead (Saturday, April 21, also from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Classes include Introduction to Floral Design, organic Turn Management, Starting Vegetable & Flower Seeds Indoors, Introduction to Hydrangeas, Gardening 101, Growing Roses on Long island, Figs Figs Figs, Gardening with Children, Pruning, Sustainable Gardens, Spring & Summer Flowering Bulbs, Edible Flowers, Garden Design, plus many more to choose from.

For more details and to download a brochure and registration form, visit ccesuffolk.org.

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