SUNY Cobleskill Assistant Professor to be Honorary Keynote Speaker at the 2nd Annual Harvest Luncheon and Silent Auction

tim-martinThe Master Gardeners of Schoharie and Otsego Counties will be welcoming SUNY Cobleskill Assistant Professor Tim Marten as the honorary keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Harvest Luncheon and Silent Auction, on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. Marten will unlock the secrets to taking your landscaping aspirations from thought to reality in his talk, Landscapes in 20/20: Creating Your Vision.

Active gardeners and landscape admirers alike are welcomed to celebrate gardens, gardeners and the growing season at the Master Gardeners’ 2nd Annual Harvest Luncheon and Silent Auction. In addition to gaining Marten’s expert insight into designing your ideal landscape, guests will enjoy an opportunity to participate in a silent auction to benefit the education and outreach work of the Master Gardener program and its volunteers. Items available for auction include restaurant gift certificates, raised bed garden tables, and artwork for the home and garden.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program through the Cornell University Cooperative Extension System provides an educational experience for home, school, and community gardeners throughout all levels of expertise.  “I am very excited to support not only the Cooperative Extension, but more over the Otsego County Master Gardeners who hosted the SUNY Cobleskill and ESF Design Charrette in the spring,” said Marten.  Master Gardener volunteers participate in a training course of at least 45 hours during which they gain a strong foundation related to plant and animal sciences, wildlife management, and integrated pest management. Volunteers then put this new found knowledge and skills to use by assisting the community and incorporating their work in schools, public buildings, and a variety of other institutions throughout the county. The Master Gardener program also offers a telephone help line to answer garden-related questions and hosts several educational programs throughout the year including Spring Garden Day.

Tickets for the Master Gardeners 2nd Annual Harvest Luncheon and Silent Auction are $35.00 per person. Seating is limited. For further information or request reservations, please call 607-547-2536, email otsego@cornell.edu .