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Throughout New York, Cornell Cooperative Extension supports publicly accessible educational demonstration gardens. At these gardens local residents or tourists can see living examples of theme gardens and demonstrations of different plants and practices. (This list is not comprehensive. More will be added soon.)

Albany County - Master Gardener Memorial Garden, Voorheesville, N.Y. This collection of 23 gardens dedicated to deceased members of the Master Gardener Program was begun in 1991. These beautiful gardens include a Shaker Herb Garden, raised bed vegetable plots, a Knot Garden, an International Garden and several theme gardens all maintained by Master Gardeners. This garden is at the Extension building and is used as an outdoor classroom. Also at this site is the front Demonstration Gardens which features unusual annuals. Other gardens include a historic restoration garden at the Ten Broeck Mansion in downtown Albany and the Pine Hills Butterfly Garden also in the City of Albany. For more information, email

Broome County - Culter Botanic Garden, Binghamton, NY. Perennials, annuals, rock garden, rose garden, vegetables, trees and shrubs.

Chemung County - Master Gardener Program maintains a demonstration Garden, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Horseheads, NY. Includes vegetable, perennial and children's gardens.

Dutchess County - The purpose of these gardens -- including a Bird & Butterfly Garden, Shade Gardens, Edible Landscape and a Xeriscape Garden -- is to educate and introduce people to worthwhile plants for their home gardens and to demonstrate good gardening practices. These gardens are open to the public year round, 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Tours are available by appointment. Informational brochures are available.

Jefferson County - Demonstration garden includes raised beds planted with vegetables, herbs, perennials and ornamental grasses.

Nassau County - Demonstration Gardens include an All America Selections garden, an herb garden, butterfly garden and a rose garden at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County.

Oneida County - Parker Scripture Botanical Gardens Nature Trail

Rensselaer County - Master Gardeners created a demonstration garden at the Robert C. Parker School on Route 43 in the town of North Greenbush. The private elementary school graciously donated a piece of land for the Master Gardeners to use. The school invites everyone to visit the gardens at their leisure. Gardens feature raised beds, annuals, ornamental grasses, prairie plants, fragrance garden and more.

Rockland County - Numerous demonstration gardens at the CCE Rockland Education Center, including Hillside and Shade Garden, Fern Garden, Herb Garden, Ornamental Grass Garden, Cutting Garden, Container Gardens, Native Plants Garden and The Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden. More information and pictures.

Saratoga County - The Unlimited Garden, 4-H Training Center, Milton, NY. Dedicated to teaching gardening to people with disabilities.

Suffolk County - Children's Garden and Water Conservation Garden, Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, Yaphank, NY. View video of Suffolk County gardens. [8 MB .wmv file]

Tompkins County - Wurster Rock Garden, Ithaca, NY. Construction, Year 2. Also the Ithaca Children's Garden, and the hotel-room-tax-funded Tompkins County Beautification Program.

Ulster County - "Water Wise Garden" at Ulster Community College demonstrates xeriscaping and environmentally friendly gardening.

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