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Sharpen up your skills at Spring Gardening School

Learn pruning and more at Spring Gardening School

Learn pruning and more at Spring Gardening School (Oct. 2, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Want to learn how to cultivate your green thumb in time for growing season? The folks over at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, who always do a great job educating the public on such matters, are holding their 31st annual Spring Gardening School on April 13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at The Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood.

You pick the classes that interest you most (pruning; soil improvement; orchids, hydrangeas, azaleas, bulbs; shade gardening, organic vegetable gardening, turf management and ground covers, etc.)  and schedule them during four sessions throughout the day.  All classes are taught by master gardeners and Extension educators.

You'll also get free soil pH testing (bring a sample), and the day will include a plant diagnostic clinic, plant sale from some of the finest nurseries, continental breakfast, boxed lunch and door prizes. The fee is $60 per person.

The registration form with a full schedule of classes and their descriptions can be downloaded at www.ccesuffolk.org.  Call  Caroline Kiang at 631-727-7850, ext. 337, for more information.