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Horticulture & Environment

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County is your resource for information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and so much more! We offer free or low-cost gardening classes all year long, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer! Call us or come by today!




Consumer Telephone Hotline:  The hotline is open weekdays 9:00am to 12:00 noon (914-285-4640).

Consumer Sample Drop off: You may drop off samples from 9:00am to 12:00noon and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday.  Download forms and review sampling instructions HERE.

Insect Diagnostic Lab, Cornell: http://idl.entomology.cornell.edu/

Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic: http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/


POND & LAKE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, The Weschester County Office of Soil and Water Conservation, The Westchester County Department of Planning and The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, recently partnered to hold an aquatics program titled the Pond and Lake Management Workshop. The program was held at the Westchester County Center on December 7, 2017. It was attended by 250 people who gathered to learn about managing issues surrounding water, our most important resource. Links to the program presentations and the names of the speakers who presented them are as follows:

An Introduction to the Ecology of Ponds, Lakes and Reservoirs as presented by Dr. Stephen J. Souza, Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC, and Instructor at Temple, Rutgers and Montclair State Universities

Pond and Lake Stewardship: What You Can Do About Aquatic Invasive Plants as presented by Dr. Catherine McGlynn, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Lakes of Westchester County: What We Know and What You Can Do to Help as presented by Scott Kishbaugh, P.E., Chief, Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Dealing With Stormwater: A Practical Approach as preented by Dr. Jeremy Farrell, Water Quality Specialist, Lake George Association, and Post-Doctoral Research Associate, DFWI

Implementating a Lake Management Plan as presented by Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D, Founder, Princeton Hydro, LLC, and Instructor at Temple, Rutgers and Montclair State Universities

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Commercial Horticulture

Commercial horticulture is the science, art, and business of cultivating ornamental plants. Learn more about our many offerings in this area, here on our website!

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Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are an important volunteer group that support outreach efforts of CCE Westchester County. Learn more here.

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Gerald Giordano
Senior Horticulture Consultant

Last updated December 21, 2017