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Second Annual Seed Swap

The Phoenicia Library and Shandaken Community Gardens will be holding their second annual seed swap on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 10:00 am until noon. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Bring your saved garden seeds to swap with others, along with any excess seeds you may have saved from reputable organic seed companies. There will be table space available for all seed swappers. All seeds must be organically grown and non-hybrid. Seeds saved from backyard gardens are especially welcome. There will also be some seeds available to purchase for a nominal fee. If you have extra seed envelopes or other containers for seed sharing, please bring them along.

This is a really fun community event, so please don’t let the fact that you don’t have seeds keep you from coming. We want everyone interested in gardening and seed saving to attend. Bring the kids. Hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please contact Joel at

Annual Seed Swap






Members-only Work Day — Pre-opening Clean-up

SCG Members are asked to sign up for Thursday 4/23, 3 pm-6 pm, to help prepare the paths, lumber for new beds, and generally get ready for opening day on 4/26!  Please let the crew leader know that you’re coming by emailing us.

Bring a pair of work gloves, a bottle of water and a potluck snack to share.  Any garden tools (especially shovels, hoes, and dirt rakes) will be useful as well.  Please no dogs, but bring the kids!  There will be much for everyone to do and see.

Putting Your Beds to Bed


While many flowers are still strutting their stuff, and cold-loving brassicas are in their prime, it’s actually the perfect time to start thinking of how to ready the garden for winter!

Autumn is upon us. Frost is not far off…

Do you know how to take care of your plot or home garden so that it is nutrient-rich and weedless come Spring? Share your knowledge and learn from experienced gardeners at:

Shandaken Community Gardens at Phoenicia Elementary School
2:30-4:40pm, Sunday October 13th

A hands-on afternoon of learning while we prepare garden beds for colder months. Join us for:

  • mulching
  • garlic planting
  • cover cropping
  • soil enriching

Even if you’re not quite ready to put yours to bed, come for:

  • a special harvest of the Community Roots bed, whose beets & carrots will go to a local food pantry
  • flower and herb picking (if frost hasn’t hit yet)

***If you can, please bring bags of leaves for beds and our compost pile!!***

Hope to see you there,

Arts in the Garden

Arts in the Garden
Sunday, September 8th 3 to 6pm
Shandaken Community Gardens at Phoenicia Elementary

Tasty Treats!
Musical performances by Jeffrey Roberts and Uncle Rock!
Pop-up Dance Performances!
Roving Artist Portraits!
Fun for the Whole Family!
Garden Tours!
Membership Info!

FREE and open to the public. (Pay what you can)
Come share in our celebration of Shandaken Community Gardens’ first season!

Garden Dedication

On Sunday May 5, gardeners ranging in age from 4 years old to senior citizens gathered to set our intentions to make Shandaken Community Gardens a place of beauty and bounty. A gracious and generous space to nourish the community.

Hojin Osho, a priest from Zen Mountain Monastery offered a poem as part of a dedication service she led at the garden that day. Heartfelt thanks to Hojin and to everyone who participated in that beautiful event.

Here is Hojin’s poem:

Hojin's dedication poem


15th Annual CCEUC’s Great Plant Swap and Sale

15th Annual Great Plant Swap & Sale Coming to New Location in June

CCEUC Plant SwapKingston, NY – As you get your garden ready for spring this year, don’t forget to put aside some plants for the 15th Annual Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s (CCEUC) Master Gardeners Great Plant Swap and Sale taking place Saturday, June 1 at the CCEUC Education Center located at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston.

Here’s how it works:

  • Plants to swap can be dropped off that Saturday morning between 9:00am and 10:00am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the number of plants they drop off.
  • Swappers return at 11:00am to swap vouchers for plants!
  • At 11:30 the swap will open to the public for sale.

Plants must be labeled by name and color of flower, in pots, well cared for, healthy and not on the New York State list of Invasive Plants. Master Gardeners will refuse any plants not meeting these criteria.

Master Gardener volunteers will also be answering gardening questions and have lots of gardening information available. So, pot up your divisions or extra plants a few weeks before the swap date, label them, and bring them to exchange for vouchers.

For more information please call Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or visit our website at No early birds please.

For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events visit our online calendar at Follow CCEUC on Facebook and Twitter. CCEUC provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the CCEUC office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is a 501(c) 3 subordinate government agency of the State of New York under Article 5, 224(b) of the NYS County Laws organization that utilizes research based knowledge through their partnership with Cornell University. This information is disseminated through their on-going community programming in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science and Environmental programs held throughout Ulster County.


Jude DeFalco
CCEUC Marketing & Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3990 ext. 332 / Fax: 845-340-3993

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