The center holds various free classes and demonstrations for the public using the gardens to show what types of plants grow best in certain environments.
The center is open year-round. In the winter the center's staff is busy planting flowers and working in the greenhouses.
"The greenhouse is a wonderful place in the winter because it's warm and it smells good," Moran said. "Often people come in and say they have had enough of winter and want to spend some time in the greenhouse."
Moran said gardening is a very popular hobby. She said as many as 27 people have attended the center's gardening workshops. Moran speculated that the expense of travel and perceived danger made people want to make their own spaces as inviting as possible.
"People want to turn their own backyards into their own private oasis," she said.
The next free class at the Horticulture Education Center is Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and will focus on planting and maintaining a meadow garden.
For information about the Schenectady County Horticulture Education Center, call 372-1622 or visit the Web site at www.cceschenectady.org.