It was a pleasant Monday morning with temperatures in the 60s recently as a group of students in the College’s Introduction to Horticulture class set out to learn about pruning and how trimming trees, plants and flowers can lead to new growth. Angie Tompkins was leading the new course offered through the SUNY SCCC Office of Workforce Development and Community Education and showing each student the keys to proper pruning. After talking about some of the fundamentals in a classroom at the Sustainable Living Center at Central Park in Schenectady, the group set out to explore and prune a nearby tree and some perennial plants.
“I love the class,” student Sherry Morrow said. “I like putting the flowers together and the teachers are wonderful to us.”
The new course is a collaboration among SUNY SCCC, Schenectady ARC and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County. It’s taught by Tompkins, who is a Community Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County, and Donna Vincent, the Horticulture Coordinator for Schenectady ARC. Instructors are covering a variety of topics during the course including basic botany, plant and week identification, pest control and floral design. Classes, held in Central Park and at ARC’s Maple Ridge location, began in February and will culminate with a graduation ceremony in mid-May.
To find out more about courses offered through the Office of Workforce Development and Community Education, please visit the office’s web page here or call Maria Kotary, Associate for Workforce Development, at (518) 595-1101, ext. 4, firstname.lastname@example.org.