Locktender’s Gardening Series

These programs are part of the Erie Canal Museum’s effort to revitalize its Locktender’s Garden area and encourage people along the Canal to take up gardening in order to create a more beautiful and sustainable Canal Corridor.  Explore this page to register for upcoming events in the garden and watch recordings of past events.

Upcoming Programs

Please check our website and social media pages for forthcoming updates on postponed events.

Gardening Basics for Kids
July 13 at 10:00 AM POSTPONED

This free event, hosted by the Erie Canal Museum, will take place on Tuesday, July 13 at 10 AM EDT. Children ages 8-15 are invited to join us in the Locktender’s Garden to learn about the structure and function of garden plants.

Raised Bed Construction Workshop
July 13 at 5:00 PM POSTPONED

Join the Cornell Master Gardeners for this free, hands-on workshop constructing a new raised bed garden for the Erie Canal Museum‘s Locktender’s Garden on Tuesday, July 13 at 5 PM EDT.

July 27 at 5:00 PM POSTPONED

Join the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners for this free, hands-on workshop about what to plant in the summertime on Tuesday, July 27 at 5 PM EDT at the Erie Canal Museum. You’ll even be able to take home something you plant to start your own garden!

Native Plants: Creating a Backyard Habitat
August 7 at 10:00 AM

This free event, which will take place on Saturday, August 7 at 10 AM EDT at the Erie Canal Museum, will teach you all about what native plants are and why you should be planting them.


Past Programs

April 3 at 10:00 AM

This program was led by Doreen Todorov, a member of the 2011 Master Gardener training class in Onondaga County, who explained how herbs were used and prepared in earlier times. Click here to watch the recording.

May 1 at 10:00 AM

Pat Jokajtys from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program lead this virtual program to help beginners get started with planning, preparation, and proper gardening techniques for a successful vegetable garden.  Click here to watch the recording.

June 5 at 10:00 AM

Participants learned how to plan and get the most from small space gardens with raised beds with Pat Jokajtys from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program. Click here to watch the recording.


This project is dependent upon the generous support from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation, along with support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism, as a part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.