Flowers in Minns Garden, Cornell Campus.  Echinacea.  Cornell University Photography.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

seedlings in a flat
Image by Sandy Repp

Let us help you get started with vegetable gardening!

Master Gardener volunteer conducts a pH soil test on a soil sample
Image by Sandy Repp

A soil pH test is a great first step to successful gardening.

What's eating your plants? We can help you find out, and suggest ways to control it!

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Learn skills and share what you know, as a volunteer in the CCE Master Gardener program.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer 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 and tours all year long, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer! Call us or come by today!

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The Demonstration Garden

The Demonstration Garden, located at the Robert C. Parker School in North Greenbush, is one of Rensselaer County’s very few public gardens.

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Leaf lesions on tomato due to late blight

Gardening Questions

The CCE-Rensselaer Horitculture program provides support and services that can help home gardeners with a variety of gardening challenges.

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Root Concerns Newsletter

Root Concerns is our gardening newsletter, written by Cornell Cooperative Extension staff from Rensselaer, Albany, and Schenectady counties.

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Soils & Soil Testing

Your garden soil and our local climate have a big impact on every aspect of growing plants. Find resources here on soil texture, organic matter, soil testing and more.

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native plant

Lawn Fact Sheets

We maintain a collection of over 500 fact sheets dealing with a wide variety of horticultural and gardening topics.

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Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners belong to a national corps of trained volunteers who share gardening information in their communities through the local Cooperative Extension office.

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David Chinery
Horticulture Turf Management Sr. Resource Educator
(518) 272-4210 ext 114

Last updated April 15, 2019