Gardening notes: Hikes, recycling and spiders
Moreau State Park schedules hikes, cleanup
GANSEVOORT -- Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Road, will offer the following programs:
* Baker Trail hike will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
This naturalist-led moderate hike (with some steep sections) will take participants up the Palmertown range.
* Moreau Overlook hike will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
The park educator will lead a challenging hike up to the Moreau Overlook. Bring water and a snack.
* Potter's Point Cleanup is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.
Participants will help clean up one of the lesser-known parcels. All equipment will be provided. Bring water.
* Mud Pond hike will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Participants will take a hike along the nature trail and around mud pond. A naturalist will point out some of the wetland birds, wildlife and plants native to the park.
Reservations are required for all the programs.
The fee for each program is $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. For additional information and to register, call 793-0511.
Pine Bush slates 'Spectacular Spiders'
ALBANY -- The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, will offer the program "Spectacular Spiders" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Learn more about these crawling creatures on a short walk followed by a discussion on what makes spiders an important part of the ecosystem.
The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family. Children under age 5 are free. Registration is required. Call 456-0655 to sign up or visit www.albanypinebush.org and click on "Events Calendar."
Hillandale Club to meet at firehouse
NISKAYUNA -- The Hillandale Garden Club will hold its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Social Room at the Niskayuna Firehouse, District 2 on Route 7.
The business meeting will be followed by a discussion on "The Versatility of the Carrot" and a carrot luncheon.
Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 438-7458.
Club to meet, make decorative vases
BALLSTON SPA -- The Ballston Spa House and Garden Club will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Hall, 23 Pleasant St.
Members will make decorative vases for a fall flower arrangement.
Program to discuss natural recyclers
GANSEVOORT -- Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, has planned the following programs:
* "Natural Recycling" will take place at 4 p.m. Friday at Camp Saratoga.
Participants will learn about the important role of decomposers and explore Camp Saratoga for evidence of the critters that keep the planet clean. There will also be a discussion on composting and how to reduce and reuse food waste at home.
* "Leaf Prints" will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Camp Saratoga.
Participants will first take a hike followed by a leaf craft where colorful leaves will be used to make leaf prints on muslin.
Meet by the Visitors Information Cabin at Parking Lot 1 for both programs.
Pre-registration is required. Call 450-0321 to register or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extension to hold garden workshops
SCHENECTADY -- Schenectady County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 107 Nott Terrace, will offer a series of six gardening workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants can attend one or all.
The day will begin with "Backyard Garlic Planting," followed by "Cover Cropping" at the Roots and Wisdom Garden on Fehr Avenue. Classes will then move to the greenhouses in Central Park (next to the tennis courts) where a cooking demonstration will be followed by "Seasonal Gardening Tips," "Fall Tool Maintenance" and "Rain Barrels."
For more information and to register, go to www.cceschenectady.org or call 372-1622.
Bonsai Club slates Sunday workshop
WEST CHARLTON -- The PFM Bonsai Club, 7 Western Ave., will hold an open workshop from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Participants can work on their own bonsai or start something new. Bring tools, wire and your lunch. Supplies will be available for purchase. There is no charge for workshop time.
To register or for more information, call 882-1039 or e-mail Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.
Thymly Herb Group plans programs
BALLSTON SPA -- The Thymly Herb Group will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the 4-H Training Center.
Beverly Ricks will show how to make a dish garden. She will discuss soil requirements and plants that work well together. Bring a container for this hands-on project.
Karen Gniewek will give a presentation on the Silver Dollar plant followed by light refreshments.