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Volume Seventeen, Issue Four July-August 2011

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Contents

PUBLISHER/EDITOR: Jane F. Milliman ART DIRECTION: Dean S. Milliman MANAGING EDITOR: Debbie Eckerson TECHNICAL EDITOR: Brian Eshenaur PROOFREADER: Sarah Koopus CONTRIBUTING WRITERS:

Jacqueline Siddall | Brian Eshenaur | Jenelle Harriff Audrey Deane | Michelle Sutton | Rich Finzer | Nicole Kelly Marion Morse | Christina LeBeau WESTERN NEW YORK SALES REPRESENTATIVE:

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What to do in the garden in May and June............................................................5 Ear to the Ground.................................................... 10 Fall is lady beetle season Too much of a good thing........................................... 11 You ask The experts answer....................................................... 12

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Calendar...............................................................30-39 Roasted tomatillo guacamole................................. 40 Teachable moments................................................. 42

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Almanac

What to do in the garden In July and August by Jacqueline Siddall, Master Gardener, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County

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t this time of year your garden is probably looking pretty gorgeous. Here are some things you can do to keep it that way all summer long. And don’t forget to take pictures! JULY Give plants a mid-season feeding along with a side dressing of compost. If there isn’t good rainfall, water as needed. Keep weeds in check. Replace mulch as needed. Shop garden centers for mark downs on plants & trees. Keep lawns at about 3”, to protect them from summer sun. If you feed wild birds, clean feeders and baths. Ornamental Plants Keep on deadheading. Trim back tired annuals by 1/3. If putting in new plants, use heat and rain resistant flowers like coleus, hibiscus, melampodium, pentas, plumbago, portulaca and zinnias. Do a final pinching by mid-July of fall blooming flowers like mums and asters. Vegetables Harvest daily. Reseed beans and lettuce. Start fall crops of peas and cole crops. Start to harvest garlic and onions. Carefully loosen the soil under your potato plants to find a few small ones to harvest. Plant a cover crop in bare spots in the vegetable garden. Fruit Check and harvest berries regularly or the birds

AUGUST Start planting spring bulbs. Seed a fall crop of peas and spinach and keep harvesting. Pick herbs for fresh use and for drying. Harvesting will keep them growing longer. Check that mulch hasn’t decomposed and add more if needed. Spread a mid-season layer of compost or manure in gardens. Keep deadheading and harvesting. Leave some annual seeds to self-sow. Start saving seeds and taking cuttings. Remove any diseased foliage and toss it in the trash. Prune summer flowering shrubs and trim shrubs. Clean up and feed hanging baskets. Begin dividing perennials starting with iris. Pot perennial divisions and place them in a cold frame or sink them into the ground; they’ll be ready to plant or give away in the spring. Plant trees, shrubs and perennials now, so they will develop a good root system before winter. Keep them well watered. Ornamental Plants – Divide and transplant any you’d like that are past the flowering stage. Clean out any dead parts of plants. Vegetables – Trim and clean tomatoes of dead leaves and check that they are staked properly to keep fruit off the ground. After harvesting remove and compost any left over disease-free parts of the plants.

Pick up fallen fruits from under trees. Check fruit trees for water sprouts (branches growing straight up from limbs) and remove them.

Fruit – Cut down spent berry canes. Trim and shape up blueberry bushes. After harvest clear fallen fruit and rake away dead leaves.

Trees & Shrubs Prune summer flowering shrubs as soon as the blossoms fade.

Trees and Shrubs – Prune to remove dead branches and maintain a pleasing shape.

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PESTS TO WATCH FOR Japanese beetles Spider mites on the undersides of leaves Tomato fruit worm Tomato horn worm Chinch bugs in lawns

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Ear to the ground New Managing Editor for UGJ BREAKING: BROCCOLO AND COUNTRY WAY Just before going to press, we learned that Rochester’s Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care has acquired Country Way Garden Center in Penfield. This will free up former Country Way owners Michele and Tony Slominski to pursue their dream of operating a snow tubing facility. Congratulations go out to all parties.

We’re pleased to announce that Debbie Eckerson, who has long been our calendar editor and subscriptions manager, has taken on the duties of managing editor as of this issue. She is now responsible for maintaining

our editorial calendar and working with writers to schedule stories. If you have a story idea you would like to pitch, please email deb@ upstategardenersjournal.com.

Volunteer clubs sought for help with bluffs The Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper Garden Club is in the process of restoring Seneca Bluffs Park in West Seneca. They are looking for fellow garden clubs to adopt parts of the park to weed and mulch the flower

beds, install new plants and replace existing ones when the time comes. For information contact Will Savino at wsavino14@amherst.edu.

Greentopia Festival Coming Soon The Greentopia Festival, upstate New York’s first large-scale green festival, is just around the corner, and the line-up looks impressive. The event, which will be held in the downtown High Falls district of Rochester, features live and Skyped-

in speakers, music, local food, wine and beer, a recycled art competition and exhibit, a recycled and paper fashion show, a bike ride, bike valets, and all manner of “green” exhibitors and vendors. Check it out at greentopiafestival.org.

WNY gets carnivorous plant club

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Interested in flesh-eating plants? You’re in luck! Catering to amateurs and professionals alike, the newly formed WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will “function as an educational organization interested in all phases of cultivating carnivorous plants and to aid in the propagation and dissemination of carnivorous plants in the western New York area.”

The club plants to meet year-round at 6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. The first meeting will be on August 2 at a location yet to be determined. For updates, visit the club’s facebook page (no webste as of yet) at facebook.com/wnycpclub or email Kenny Coogan at Kingkenny587@aol.com.

Emerald ash borer update Unless you’ve been living on another continent, you already know that the emerald ash borer has arrived. We’ve been getting a lot of panicked emails and phone calls asking for help. Without treatment, your trees don’t stand a chance—that’s true. But whether or not you choose to treat them, remove them or let them die on their

own is an individual decision only you can make based on the value you place on each specimen. There is no blanket solution. Our advice is to consult with an arborist and find out what the costs are for each option. Before you get estimates, there is no way to make an informed decision.

CNY in Bloom calls for Vendors The landscape and garden show formerly known as CNY Blooms is now CNY in Bloom. Organizers plan to expand the scope of the Syracuse show to include new components of “living, leisure, lifestyle” in addition to its former gardening focus. In order to attract new vendors and exhibitors,

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Backyard habitat

Fall is lady beetle season Too much of a good thing by Brian Eshenaur, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program

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ady beetles in the house have become a part of autumn for many homeowners. The Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axridis) is currently the predominant lady beetle species in the US. The cooler temperatures of autumn trigger these lady beetles to seek a place to spend the winter. In their native lands of Japan and China they would gather in crevices of rock cliffs and outcroppings. In North America, homes are often where they try to spend the winter. Gathered around a windowsill or in a group between the wall and ceiling they may all look the same but with a closer view, variation is evident. The Asian lady beetles’ color ranges from pale yellowish orange to bright red. They may have up to 20 black spots on their backs or may have none. All lady beetles are beneficial insects and the Asian, or multicolored lady beetles are such voracious feeders of aphids and other soft-bodied pests that they have been released for biocontrol many times in North America since 1916. These lady beetles are born hungry; the average larval lady beetle consumes a total of 230 aphids from egg-hatch to becoming an adult beetle about 20 days later. As adults they continue to feed, consuming around 40 aphids a day during the growing season, and some of these lady beetles may live up to 3 years. Their pest consumption rate has been a benefit in reducing aphid and other pest insect populations. They are known to control apple, pecan, citrus, pine, soybean, alfalfa cotton, and winter wheat pests. By 1988 they were firmly established in the southern US and from there they quickly spread throughout the US. The large numbers of lady beetles are now causing some problems. They sometimes feed on ripening fruit crops such as apples, peaches, raspberries and grapes. It is a particular problem for the wine industry when the Asian Lady Beetles are in the grape clusters, harvested and crushed with the grapes imparting an off-taste to the wine. Even though they may be keeping pests in check over the summer, come fall their presence in homes can be a nuisance and can even trigger allergic reactions in some people. They will sometimes bite and try to feed on the skin, another annoyance. Nature being what it is, always seeking a balance, the high populations of the Asian lady beetle have not been ignored as a food source. There’s emerging research examining several natural

enemies as controls of the Asian lady beetles, which include parasitic wasps, flies, fungi, a nematode, a mite and even birds.

ABOVE: The Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axridis)

CONTROL IN THE HOME:

• Prevention is key and good control starts outside the home by blocking the beetles’ entry through sealing gaps and cracks around windows, doors, siding and utility pipes with caulk. Similarly, make sure widow screens are in good repair. • If beetles become a serious nuisance within a dwelling, remove and dispose of them using a broom and dustpan or vacuum cleaner. When using a broom and dustpan, gently collect the beetles to avoid alarming them. If alarmed, they may discharge a yellow fluid that can stain walls, and fabrics. • The use of insecticides for controlling populations indoors is not recommended and is strongly discouraged. SOURCES: The multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis: A review of its biology, uses in biological control, and non-target impacts. J Insect Sci. 2003; 3: 32. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC524671/ Asian ladybugs (Harmonia axyridis): A new seasonal indoor allergen. Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 119, Issue 2, Pages 421-427 (February 2007) Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas); Family: Coccinellidae www.entomology.cornell.edu/cals/entomology/extension/idl/upload/MulticoloredAsian-Lady-Beetle.pdf

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Questions & answers

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The experts answer Q: With regard to tomatoes, what effect might the rainy spring have on this growing season?

This issue’s guest experts are Jenelle Harriff and Audrey Deane (pictured) of The Tomato Queen in Webster (tomatoqueen. biz)

A: Fortunately, the rainy spring will not have a significant effect on home gardeners as most gardens had dried out by Memorial Day, the prime planting weekend in western New York. Gardeners who planted tomatoes, peppers, and basil before that date may have found that their plants stalled or rotted due to excess ground moisture and frigid temperatures. Now that the sunshine has finally come out, these plants should resume growing as long as gardeners tend their plants and stay vigilant about thwarting any fungal diseases that may appear in the still-moist soil. Tomatoes are particularly susceptible to fungal diseases. Early blight, caused by Alternaria solani, attacks the lowest foliage on the tomato’s stem, causing the formation of brown, yellow or black spots before the leaves die and the area around the fruit’s stem to shrivel and sink. Late blight is caused by Phytophthora infestans. This fungal disease can affect leaves, stems and fruit. Symptoms first appear gray and then progress to black splotches. The entire plant may be killed by late blight. To become a proactive gardener to protect your own crop, as well as the gardens of others in the wind’s path, please observe the following tomato tips: Selecting:  Closely inspect and only purchase healthy, disease-resistant plants with different maturation times. Earlier varieties may be more prone to early blight. Spacing: Place plants 3 feet apart to ensure proper air circulation. Staking: Stake plants in cages or along heavy-duty metal fencing to improve air circulation and keep foliage away from soil that could harbor spores or disease. Mulching: Mulch helps to keep roots moist and reduces the amount of watering and weeding needed. Pruning: Use shears to remove any spotted leaves and the leaves on the bottom 18-inches of all plants.

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Watering: Only water in the morning so the water on the foliage evaporates in the mid-day heat and aim the water at the base of the plant only, never at the leaves. Fertilizing: Fertilize slightly damp plants on a cloudy, wind-free day. Water-soluble organic fertilizers are available at local nurseries and should be applied according to the package every 7-10 days. Sanitizing: Do not work in a wet garden as you can spread spores between healthy and infected plants on your hands, tools, footwear and clothing. Prevention: Carefully inspect all leaves, especially those closest to the ground. Promptly remove the infected leaves and apply a copper or sulphur-based fungicidal spray. This natural remedy can be sprayed every 7-10 days to help keep plants healthy: - Dissolve in 1 gallon of water: - 1 Tablespoon of baking soda - 3 Tablespoons molasses - ½ teaspoon of liquid soap - Place mix in clean garden sprayer bottle - Test a small area to sample response - Soak plants’ top and lower leaves - Dispose of unused solution Experts: If natural remedies do not work, consult the experts at your local garden center or cooperative extension. Clean Up: Remove all plants and debris from the garden. Do not add them to the compost pile since spores may survive the winter and re-infect your garden in the spring. Well-nourished and fertilized plants are less susceptible to early blight but fungal diseases are something all home and commercial growers must deal with. Please do not get discouraged!


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ABOVE: The new council ring in the gardens of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester overlooks woodland gardens and a labyrinth. Photo by Megan Meyer

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et’s make a list of everything good about a public garden: tree collections; theme gardens like butterfly, woodland, and rock; fine art sculpture; meaningful memorial plantings; beautiful garden structures. Incorporate a labyrinth, created with the simple elegance of bricks set into the lawn. Add an organic vegetable garden that invites the participation of the larger community. The gardens at First Unitarian Church of Rochester on Winton Road will fit the bill nicely, and admission is free. The property is 7.5 acres, and much of it is planted. The “Mother of the Garden” is Madlyn Evans, now 90. She began contributing her talents in the mid1960s, after the architecturally significant Louis Kahndesigned church building was constructed. Madlyn had joined First Unitarian at its old location in downtown Rochester in the early 1950s and migrated with her fellow congregants to the contemporary building. She attended the University of Rochester in the late 1930s, where she joined the University Garden Club. Over her many years as a member she took classes and

eventually became an instructor as well as a flower show judge. According to her daughter, Karen Evans, “Madlyn started gardening under the grove of trees of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), pulling weeds and using them as mulch throughout the area. She introduced a number of plants from her home gardens, including the ubiquitous spring violets. Donations from other gardeners increased the variety of the plantings. To this day her favorite time of the year in the gardens is May, with the mist of blue provided by the forget-menots, the fragrances of lily of the valley and flowering currant, the splashes of colorful tulips, and the daintiness of bleeding heart.” Now 20 volunteers meet weekly to maintain and enhance the work that Madlyn did for decades. They are coordinated by Keith Anderson and advised and coached by horticulturist Megan Meyer, both members of First Unitarian. If you see a hypertufa structure of any kind in Rochester, it is likely that that it was made by someone trained by Megan, who retired from teaching art at Victor High School, but whose second lifelong passion is horticulture. Megan taught hypertufa to thousands of students over the years, first in community centers and through the Rochester Civic Garden Center, then in her home studio in Penfield. A few years ago, Megan hung up her hypertufa apron and began devoting her time to running her horticulture enterprise, Gardens through the Seasons. She still helps her parents with their garden in Brighton. She fondly recalls roaming fields and woodlands near Corbett’s Glen throughout her childhood and drawing trees, her neighbor’s hollyhocks, and other flowers. She built her first gardens with her father when she was nine years old. Megan works with the First Unitarian garden volunteers on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings; more volunteers are always welcome. When Madlyn retired from her garden work, the Chair of the Landscape Team Dick Fitts recognized a need for broad stewardship of the gardens. His team invited representatives from three local gardens: Mount Hope Cemetery, Highland Park, and the George Eastman


House to speak about recruiting, training, and keeping volunteers. Dick says, “The model we chose was from Mount Hope Cemetery. They had volunteers who would sign up for one year to take responsibility to care for a designated area or zone. We have tried to build a sense of stewardship; even encouraging volunteers in many cases to choose the name of their area—e.g., ‘Top of the Rise’ or ‘Upper Woodland Garden.’ Megan is the catalyst who makes it work. Her [part-time] position provides adherence to an overall gardening plan, advising where choices must be made, and cajoling the volunteers to occasionally leave their areas to work where many hands are needed.” THREE QS FOR MEGAN MEYER

This is an urban environment, in that there have been many human impacts over time. What are some of the invasive plants you contend with here on this city site? Megan Meyer: We have tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) trees that reseed freely; we try to keep the seedlings weeded, and we take down some big Ailanthus every year. Each time one comes down, we

plant a native tree somewhere suitable in the garden. In terms of herbaceous plants, there are weedy invasive plants and then there are invasive ornamental plants that have a place in this large garden setting, such as chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata). In terms of the truly weedy invasives, we have cleavers (Gallium aparine), garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), swallowwort (Cynanchum spp.), and lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria). We try to contain weeds and invasive plants as best we can with hand pulling, as we don’t want to use herbicides. The worst one is bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) on the sunny slope/butterfly garden. To slow it down, we lay thick layers of newspaper and thick bark mulch in the spring. Still, by midsummer we are unwrapping bindweed from plants; we tear our hair out and then we end up laughing. Gardening is not just about pulling weeds; it’s about patience, humility, and having a sense of humor! What about critters? MM: We don’t have deer. We have lots of woodchucks, which we don’t bother trapping, as we feel that more will just move in when they get word that there’s a vacancy. We try to coexist with them—for

INSET: “Mother of the Gardens” Madlyn Evans, now 90, savors the fruits of her labors. Photo by Karen Evans

FLORA OF THE FIRST UNITARIAN GARDENS (A PARTIAL LIST) Trees Cornelian-cherry dogwood (Cornus mas) Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) European beech (Fagus sylvatica) Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) Japanese maples (many varieties) Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) Parrotia (Parrotia persica) Redbud (Cercis canadensis) Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocameillia) Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) Native oaks and pines Shrubs Aronia (Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’) Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’) Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Shoshoni’) Flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) Fothergilla (Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’) Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’)

Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) Oregon grape holly (Mahonia aquifolium) Pee Gee hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.) Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’) Weigela (Weigela spp.) Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) Witch hazels (Hamamelis spp.) Herbaceous Plants Astilbes (Astilbe spp.) Bleeding hearts (Dicentra spp.) Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Canadian ginger (Asarum canadense) Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.) Fall blooming cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium) Goatsbeard (Arunus dioicus) Hellebores (Helleborus spp.) Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’) Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) Naturalized hybrid tulips and species tulips

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ABOVE: The gardens at First Unitarian complement a building designed by world-renowned architect Louis Kahn. Photo by Larry Eldridge

example, when we plant coneflowers, which they love, we plant lots of them and cover the young ones with chicken wire. By the time we uncover the plants, they are big enough that the woodchucks can eat some and we can still enjoy some. The community vegetable garden has a really effective fence set up. Where can potential visitors find more information? MM: They can go to www.rochesterunitarian.org/grounds. html to see photos and a self-guided walking tour created by Keith Anderson. I think it’s marvelous that this treasure is right here in the City of Rochester and open to all. I would love for more people to see and enjoy it. I am still discovering new plant treasures in this magical place. Michelle Sutton (www.michellejudysutton.com) is a horticulturist, editor, and writer living in New Paltz.

THE COUNCIL RING AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN GARDENS Prairie School Landscape Architect Jens Jensen (1860-1951) introduced council rings into modern landscapes after studying their use in both Viking and Native American cultures. Council rings provide an egalitarian meeting place wherein everyone can have eye contact with everyone else. By their design, they reinforce the democratic values of America and certainly of the non-hierarchical nature of the Unitarian faith tradition. The council ring was designed by landscape architect Mitch Rasor and installed by Bristol’s Garden Center. Horticulturist Megan Meyer designed the associated plantings. The garden volunteers, coordinated by Keith Anderson, donated the money for this new feature in the First Unitarian gardens. Anderson says, “I recently moved from Madison, Wisconsin, where there are at least three council rings in the city (on the UW campus, in the UW arboretum, and in a city park). Although Jensen worked for the City of Chicago, his work is known throughout the Midwest, and he owned a retreat in Wisconsin. The expanses and woodland setting of First Unitarian’s gardens seemed a natural fit with Jensen’s appreciation for natural settings.” Anderson says the council ring is envisioned to draw people into the gardens and provide a gathering place for meetings, small outdoor ceremonies, or for quiet, intimate space for contemplation or counseling. 18 | JULY-AUGUST 2011


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ABOVE: Sweet pea. Photo by Jane Milliman

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s you drive along the rural roads of upstate New York, it’s easy to become distracted by the natural beauty of your surroundings. There are wildflowers everywhere! Each non-snowy month heralds the opening of another species as the previous month’s blooms fade and the plants go to seed. Having grown up in Chili, NY, when it was still a rural farming community with vast open spaces, I’ve developed a lifelong affection for wildflowers. Whether it’s the purple blossoms of New England asters, sailor-blue chicory or nodding clumps of black-eyed Susan, I look forward to the emergence of each one. And some of my absolute favorites are the pinks. Like delicate jewels set in a bracelet, deptford pinks (Dianthus armeria) open their miniature flowers—it would take about five of them to cover a dime—in midJune and their blossoming cycle continues for several months. The little 5-petal blooms are borne on tiny stems

just a few inches tall. The plants prefer growing in sandy well-drained soils with maximum sun exposure. Most of the commonly found varieties of the pink species are alien plants (though the USDA is unsure of this one’s exact origin) and the predominant native member of the pink family is the fire pink, which is bright red—go figure. You certainly won’t have any trouble spotting the flowers of Joe-Pye weed plants (Eupatoriadelphus spp.). The tall mauve- colored flower plumes grow atop stalks that may reach 7 feet. Much like its aster-family cousin goldenrod, the blossom of Joe-Pye weed is a compound flower composed of hundreds of individual florets. It prefers growing in moist low-lying locations, often sharing space with cattails. Joe-Pye weed is native to the northeastern coastal states and can be found growing from Maine to South Carolina. The blooms have little scent, although they are a favored nectar source for honeybees. Like goldenrod, they are plentiful enough that most folks don’t feel guilty using them in wildflower arrangements. Another pink wildflower that holds up well in vases is sweetpea (Lathyrus odoratus). The brilliant magenta flowers readily catch the eye. While not terribly picky about soil types, sweetpea prefers moist well-drained locations and is often found growing near purple loosestrife or Joe-Pye weed. On my farm, they grow near the foundation of an old grain bin. In the fall, after the blooms have been pollinated, each forms a small seed pod containing 6 to 8 BB-sized seeds. Once the pods ripen, they turn a dusky-brown and twist open. Sweetpea is easy to grow, however it can become a bit invasive unless controlled by mowing it back into a specific area, but the striking color of the blooms makes that a minor inconvenience. Who among us cannot identify red clover (Trifolium pratense)? It is found growing across all of North America. Valuable as both a forage plant and source of nectar for quality honey, its lovely pink blossoms emerge early and last until the hard killing frost of late autumn. Red clover is a member of the legume family, meaning its roots fix nitrogen directly from the air. This characteristic gives the plant the ability to thrive anywhere except exposed bedrock. And while its stems are quite weak, red clover often leans against stronger plants or its own brethren for support. It’s the other side of the color coin from the fire pink; a “red” named plant with pink flowers. If you’ve never seen red clover, you must have grown up on Mars.


Though not as common as red clover, the pink and white bi-color blooms of crownvetch (Securigera varia) can be found growing in many locales. It’s a superb erosion control plant, although the USDA states it can become weedy if left to its own devices. Unlike the blossoms of many other wildflowers, crown vetch blooms do not fade, but rather darken over time from bi-color pink to bi-color violet. NOXIOUS INVADERS One pink wildflower unfortunately classified as an invasive noxious weed is field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). Commonly called wild morning glory or creeping Jenny, it’s attractive to the eye, but will often overrun and smother native plants or croplands. Rigorous mowing, manual uprooting or the planting of alfalfa nearby seem to discourage its growth. Admittedly, it’s an appealing flower to look at, but if you discover any on your property, it’s best to get rid of it, before it overwhelms your other plantings. A second pink wildflower possessing numerous negative characteristics is the bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare). Best viewed from a respectful distance, these plants are armored with sharp thorns and the leaf tips are adorned with spines. These plants scream out; “don’t touch me – or else!” Nonetheless, the flowers are popular with several species of wild bees, and goldfinches are very fond of the seeds. Bull thistle is not a native plant, and as such, many states classify it as a noxious weed. Of the 76 varieties of milkweed the USDA lists growing in the U.S., the one most likely to be seen is common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Its creamy-pinkish florets form ball-shaped flower clusters, which attract both wild bees and monarch butterflies. Female monarchs lay their eggs on the plants. After hatching, young monarch caterpillars feast on the milkweed leaves until it’s time to spin their cocoons. The plant has earned its nickname from the milky white sap you see should you snap a stalk in two. If you appreciate the presence of monarch butterflies, you can help ensure their continued

survival by letting milkweed grow on your property. Everybody has a favorite something, and when it comes to pink wildflowers, mine is spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa). Much like its aster family relative New York ironweed, this plant will grow in virtually anything: gravel, salt-impregnated roadside soil, sand, what have you. The blossoms are roughly the size of a silver dollar. An accidentally introduced species from Eurasia, in many western states it’s considered a noxious invasive, but here in Cayuga County roadside mowing seems to keep it under control. If spared from the blades of the brush hog, spotted knapweed will eventually attain a height of about 3 feet. So please forgive my botanical insensibilities, but invasive or not, to my way of thinking, it’s still the prettiest girl at the dance. Wild and naturalized plants are inspiring. Nobody waters them, cares for them or protects them and yet, they not only survive, they proliferate. To me, there’s something special about the “roadside pinks,” and if you should seek them out yourself, I think you’ll agree.

LEFT: Cantaurea maculosa RIGHT: Bull thistle & bee

Raised in Chili, NY, Rich Finzer resides on an 80 acre farm near Hannibal. He is a regular contributor to Living Aboard, Life in the Finger Lakes and Dollar Stretcher magazines.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/INFORMATION Spotted knapweed: www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/pubs/invasive/9knapwee.html Joe-pye weed: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=EUDU2 Deptford pink: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=DIAR Red clover: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRPR2 Sweetpea: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LAOD Crown vetch: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SEVA4 Common milkweed: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ASSY Field bindweed/wild morning glory: attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/bindweed.html Bull thistle: plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CIVU Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Native Plant Database; www.wildflower.org/ “Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America”; Houghton Mifflin; Peterson and McKenny; 1980

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here are a few new organic compost products cropping up this year at local nurseries. One is Bessie’s Best, a by-product of a process that makes bedding from manure on a family farm in Pike NY. Ken Van Slyke and his cousin Tammy Andrews co-manage this seventhgeneration farm that was established by their ancestors in 1832. It is recognized for its commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and humane cattle treatment and has won awards on the county and state levels. Ken and Tammy grow feed on over 2200 acres of land to feed their 1300 dairy cows that are milked every day. A unique

“separation” process makes bedding for the animals from the manure they produce. “We strive to do everything well; maximize crop production in a responsible way, take care of the resources and utilize the resources we have in the manure. We don’t consider it a waste,” Ken said. The decision to produce Bessie’s Best was influenced by a variety of factors. Ken was familiar with the separator machine used to produce the bedding and compost. After graduating with degrees in Agriculture Science and Engineering and General Agriculture, Ken lived in the Ithaca area for six years. He worked on a dairy farm in the area from 20032006, where he learned about separators and making bedding from manure. He was so interested in the process that he went to work for two years at for an Austrian company that specializes in making the separators he now uses on his farm. In 2008, after he had returned to the farm, Van Slyke became aware of some used separator equipment on the market and jumped at the chance to purchase it. Making the bedding and the compost is a continuous process that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over 40,000 gallons of manure are produced by the cows each day. The manure is collected and scraped into a pit area of the separator facility where it is homogenized and pumped into the bedding recovery unit, which separates the liquids from the solids. The solids are dropped into a large tumbling machine and the natural balance of carbon to nitrogen enables the composting process to evolve without the use of added heat. The temperature of the composted material reaches 150° F, killing 99% of any pathogens present


in the manure. The result is close to 30 cubic yards of “pathogen clean,” soft, clean bedding for the livestock. The liquid left over from the first separation is then processed again to filter out twhe smaller particles. At this stage, any particle larger than .5mm is screened out and either loaded onto trucks to be taken to nearby farms or sent to the compost building where it is placed in windrows, aerated and cured. The finished product takes almost a year to complete at which time it can either be mixed with bark mulch or left as composted manure and bagged, ready for use in the garden. The residual liquid from the final separation is stored in a covered lagoon until the proper time to apply it to crops. Van Slyke and Andrews never planned on making and selling compost. The process was about making bedding for the cows. When milk prices dropped in 2009, however, profitability of the farm was an enormous concern. They realized they could utilize equipment already in place to make a product that could be sold – compost – and Bessie’s Best came to be. While the profit margin was not high at first, it created a great deal of attention within both the both the farming and home gardening communities. While initially selling much of their product within a 25 mile radius of the farm, they have expanded their reach into many garden centers and farmer’s markets across Western New York. Currently, they sell straight manure compost as well as mulch and compost mixes. “This year has been pretty successful so far. We’ve gone after wholesaling to garden centers. We were little bit behind the eight ball on that but got a lot bagged up,” Van Slyke said.

While distribution has focused on Western New York, there are thoughts of marketing the compost nationally via their website and expanding current marketing practices. Further information about the intricate process is explained at bessiesbestcompost.com. At least two other newly formed companies are selling bagged products in the region as well. Tanglewood Gardens, based in Syracuse, produces a composted horse manure called Seven Year Gold (sevenyeargold.com). And an outfit in Geneva called Terrenew (terrenew.com) has developed, in concert with Cornell University, a wide range of products including AgriMaster, a line of organic potting soil, mushroom compost concentrate and cow manure soil conditioner that, according to the company, “don’t make a mess.”

TOP: A few of the over 1,200 cows on the Van Slyke farm BELOW: Over 2,000 acres are farmed at the Wyoming County farm

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Western New York Iris Society meets the first Sunday of the month in members’ homes and gardens. Information about growing all types of irises and complementary perennials. Shows. Sale. Guests welcome. Pat Kluczynski: 716/633-9503; patrizia@ roadrunner.com.

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Western New York Rose Society meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm, St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. wnyrosesociety.org. Williamson Garden Club. On-going community projects; free monthly lectures to educate the community about gardening. Open to all. 315-524-4204. grow14589@gmail.com; growthewilliamsongardenclub.blogspot.com. Wilson Garden Club generally meets the second 6 | JULY-AUGUST 2011

Ongoing through September: Bloom Mondays, 5 pm. Niagara Square. Buffalo in Bloom; buffaloinbloom.com. Ongoing through November 23: East Aurora Farmers Market, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 7 am – 1 pm. Open air farmers market featuring locally produced/grown product. Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, pickles, salsa, herbs, eggs, and more. Aurora Village (Tops) Plaza, Grey Street, East Aurora.

July 3: Japanese Iris Show and Exhibit, 12 – 4 pm. Spectacular Elegance. Individual iris specimens and floral design. Presented by Western New York Iris Society. Galley Greenhouses, Clinton Street, West Seneca. July 6: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Creating Terrariums, hands-on; bring a glass container to plant. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC July 8: Bus Tour – Southtowns Bouquet. Visit the hosta and shade garden of Mike and Kathy Shadrack in Boston as well as outstanding private gardens in Hamburg and Eden. Tour host: Mike Shadrack, international hosta expert and author. Includes lunch at Lockwoods Greenhouses. $75. In conjunction with National Garden Festival, nationalgardenfestival.com. Horizon Club Tours, 800/242-4244; horizonclubtours.com. July 9: Small Space Landscapes, 10 am. Sharon Howarth will discuss how to get the best use from a small space adding plants for color, screening and privacy. Bring photos of a small space for short after class consult. Free. Registration required. MENNE July 9 – 10: Village of Hamburg Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided, 30 village gardens. Vendors. Rain or shine. Maps: Memorial Park, corner Lake and Union Streets, Hamburg. Free. 716/648-7544; hamburggardenwalk.com. July 9 – 10: Lockport in Bloom, 10 am – 4 pm. Features more than 45 historic homes and gardens, includes city parks containing well maintained flowerbeds and trees. Rain or shine. Free. Maps: Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street; City Hall, 1 Locks Plaza. lockportinbloom.com. July 9 – 31: Garden Walks, Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm; Sundays 12 – 4 pm. Visit two Orchard Park gardens, about a mile apart, at your leisure. Enjoy extensive country gardens, a pond filled with fish and water lilies, over 700 registered varieties of daylilies. 6047 Seufert Road. 716/648-0094. The second, designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, features a biologically-filtered water garden surrounded by a large perennial garden connected by stone and flagstone pathways. Woods, pines & Japanese maples are incorporated into an English cottage garden & wildflower prairie. 6346 Ward Road. 716/648-7085. • July 9 - August 20: Exploration Earth, four Saturdays, 10 am – 12 pm. An environmental stewardship program for middle school students ages 10-14. Includes hands-on activities, games, lesson and explorations into our natural world. $24 members, $8 per day; $30 non-members, $10 per day. Registration required. BECBG July 10: Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, 10 am – 4 pm. All types of garden styles and plants are represented in a backdrop of architecture from 1910’s to 1950’s. Roughly 30 gardens in the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods. $3 donation appreciated. Maps, day of: Trillium Flower Shop, 2195 Kensington Avenue. hkccommunity.com. July 10: Akron In Bloom, 12 – 4 pm. $5 presale: Bedford’s Greenhouse, 6820 Cedar Street, Akron. $7 day of: Rich-Twinn Octagon House, 145 Main Street, Akron. July 12: Butterflies of Royalty, 10:30 am. Search for butterflies on this guided walk and learn to attract them to your backyard. Free. Registration required. REIN


July 13: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Culinary Herbs, 7 – 7:40 pm, Tina Szulewski, MG. Tree ID, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, Pat Kerl, MG. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC July 15: Bus Tour – Buffalo’s Famous Private Gardens. Visit selected gardens of Garden Walk Buffalo in the Cottage and Elmwood Village districts. Tour hosts: Jim Charlier, President, Garden Walk Buffalo, and Sally Cunningham, Director, National Garden Festival. Includes lunch at Cabaret. $75. In conjunction with National Garden Festival, nationalgardenfestival. com. Horizon Club Tours, 800/242-4244; horizonclubtours.com. July 16: Herbal Symposium and Lunch, 9:30 am. Herbalist Pat Jenney: Herbs in the Garden, growing annual and perennial herbs, herb garden design, growing conditions, care and harvesting. Herbalist Marian Prezyna: Herbs for Greener Living, practical and traditional uses for the home, cosmetics, health, and what you need to know about backyard medicine. Refreshments. Fee tba. Registration required. LOCK July 16: Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Maps: University Community Farmers Market, Main Street at Kenmore Avenue; 38 Brinton Street; 135 Capen Boulevard; 178 & 201 Minnesota Avenue; Tool Lending Library, 3083 Main Street. Free. CapenGardenWalk@ourheights. org; ourheights.org/gardenwalk. July 16: Niagara Falls Garden Walk, 10 am – 5 pm. Explore gardens from formal to cottage, native to allergy free. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Vendors. Free. Maps: Niagara Falls Historic City Hall, 745 Main Street. historicniagarafallsgardenwalk@gmail.com. • July 16: Stories in the Woods, 10:30 am. Listen to a nature story followed by a walk in the woods. Ages 4-6. Free. Registration required. REIN July 16: HANCI Intergenerational Garden, 11 am – 4 pm. Plant sale, consultations with Master Gardeners, food and drink sales, craft booths, vendors, music. Free. Health Association of Niagara County Inc., 1302 Main Street, Niagara Falls. hanci.com. July 16: Plants of the Woods, 2 pm. Discover the native and non-native plants that grow in Reinstein Woods and your backyard. Free. Registration required. REIN July 16 – 17: Lancaster Garden Walk, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Enjoy a variety of personal gardens. Free. Maps: Two Chicks and a Rooster; Petals to Please. lancastervillage.org. July 17: South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour, 9 am – 3 pm. A variety of over sixty gardens featuring koi ponds, rock, perennial and annual gardens, master gardeners’ displays, plus several South Buffalo public gardens cared for by volunteers. $2. Maps, day of, 9 am – 1 pm: Tim Russert Children’s Garden, 2002 S. Park Ave (between Choate & Whitfield). southbuffaloalive.com. • July 18 – 22: Art Camp for Kids – Strictly Water Color, 9 am – 12 pm. Ages 6-12. $80 members, $17 per day; $90 non-members, $19 per day. Registration required. BECBG July 19: Two-Course Garden Tea & Chats, 1 – 4:30 pm. $10; advance sale only. Cherry Creek Inn, 1022 West Road, Cherry Creek. 716/296-5105. July 20: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30

pm. Cattaraugus County, a Walk on the Wild Side, 7 – 7:40 pm, Tim Baird, avid birder and wildflower enthusiast. Edible Plants in the Arboretum, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, Adele Wellman, MG and ASP Naturalist. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC July 21: The Little House Grounds: A Celebration of Life, 9:30 – 11 am. Join Sara Baker Michalak for a stroll through the garden, field and woods to experience the beauties of the natural world. Learn how to create your own wonderland, no matter how large or small the lot. Registration required. Lana’s The Little House, PO Box 267, Forestville. 716/965-2798; lanasthelittlehouse. com. July 23: Mushrooms and Fungi: A Kingdom of Their Own, 10 am. Explore the mysterious world of mushrooms on this guided fungus foray. Free. Registration required. REIN July 23: Shady Plants for the Landscape Garden, 10 am. Lana Bilger will discuss woody plants and perennials that offer the greatest success and pleasure for shady areas. Free. Registration required. MENNE July 23: Amherst Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. See a wide variety of garden types. Free. Maps: amherst.ny.us; info table, Old Home Days, Island Park (July 12-15). July 23: Saturday Night Lights, 8:30 – 10:30 pm. See the gardens of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour at night. Free. tonawanda.ny.us. July 23 – 24: Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Highlights 50 diverse gardens. Free. Maps: tonawanda.ny.us; Aquatic Center, Delaware Road and Sheridan Drive. July 27: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Gardening on a Dime with Less Time, 7 – 7:40 pm, Lyn Chimera, MG. Pruning, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, Lyn Chimera, MG. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC July 29: Bus Tour - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex and Private Gardens of Amherst. Visit the Darwin D. Martin House and its traditional plantings plus private gardens in Amherst and Tonawanda. Tour host: Mary Van Vorst, Master Gardener. Includes lunch at DiGiulio & Company. $79. In conjunction with National Garden Festival, nationalgardenfestival. com. Horizon Club Tours, 800/242-4244; horizonclubtours.com. July 30 – 31: Garden Walk Buffalo, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided tour, 372 urban gardens, historic neighborhoods. Free. gardenwalkbuffalo.com. • August 1 – 5: Art Camp for Kids – Drawing, 9 am – 12 pm. Ages 6-12. $80 members, $17 per day; $90 non-members, $19 per day. Registration required. BECBG August 3: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Staging and Pruning Perennials for Delayed and Continuous Bloom, 7 – 7:40 pm. Hellebores, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, Vicki Bruning, MG. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC August 6: Iris Sale, 9 am – 2 pm. Presented by Western New York Iris Society. Rudolph Galley & Sons Greenhouses, 2722 Clinton Street, West Seneca. August 6: Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm. Self-guided, features more than 70 gardens. Rain or shine. Free. 716/851-5116. brrgardenwalk.com.

August 6: Starry Night Garden Tour, 8 – 10 pm. Selfguided, features more than 20 evening gardens. Part of the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens, see above. Rain or shine. Free. 716/8515116. brrgardenwalk.com. August 10: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Lavender, 7 – 7:40 pm, Barb Kozlowski, MG. Heat from the Garden, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, learn about garden hotties, horseradish and nasturtiums, Nancy Hann, MG. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC August 11: Pittsburgh Day Trip. Visit the 19 indoor and outdoor gardens of Phipps Conservatory. Travel by luxury motor coach. Lunch atop Mt. Washington will offer a panoramic view of the City of Pittsburgh. Registration required. BECBG August 13: Pruning Shrubs & Vines, 10 am. Lana Bilger will give an overview of pruning shrubs and vines while demonstrating proper techniques. Free. Registration required. MENNE • August 15 – 19: Art Camp for Kids – Multi-media, 9 am – 12 pm. Ages 6-12. $80 members, $17 per day; $90 non-members, $19 per day. Registration required. BECBG August 17: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Lilies, 7 – 7:40 pm, Mary Loomis, experienced perennial gardener. Creating Simple Bouquets, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, bring a vase, clippers or knife, Nan Miller, MG. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC August 18: The Summer Cottage Garden at The Little House – A Feast for the Senses, 9:30 – 11 am. Enjoy a tour of Lana’s garden with Sara Baker Michalak and learn what attracts the birds, bees and butterflies. Registration required. Lana’s The Little House, PO Box 267, Forestville. 716/9652798; lanasthelittlehouse.com. August 20: Pruning Trees, 10 am. Lana Bilger will discuss tools and proper pruning techniques to encourage better growth, bloom and fruit production. Free. Registration required. MENNE August 20: Harvesting & Using Herbs, 1 pm. Lee Schreiner will discuss how to harvest herbs at their peak and preserve them for future flavor in addition to using herbs in preparing a variety of foods. Free. Registration required. MENNE August 20: Hosta Sale. Hosted by Western NY Hosta Society. VFW Post, Center Road, West Seneca. wnyhosta.com. August 24: Wednesdays in the Arboretum, 7 – 8:30 pm. Perennials, 7 – 7:40 pm, Darlene Sinn, owner Sinn Valley Gardens. Create a Birdseed Wreath, 7:45 – 8:30 pm, bring a small to medium size wreath-shape mold, all other materials provided, Nan Miller, MG. Rain or shine. Free. CCE/ACC September 3: Designing the Backyard Landscape, 10 am. Gary Sokolowski will share ideas on creating an outdoor living area by adding new plantings, patios and water features providing privacy, fragrance, color, sound and increasing usable space. Free. Registration required. MENNE September 3: Dish Gardens, 2 pm. Demonstration will include construction of several types of indoor miniature gardens as well as tips on plant selection, container choices and maintenance. Free. Registration required. After class option: make your own container garden. Includes container, soil and plants. $35. Registration required. MENNE UPSTATE GARDENERS’ JOURNAL | 5


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September 17: Autumn in the Perennial Garden, 10 am. Learn how the addition of a new plant or two, along with some timely maintenance on existing plants, will get your perennial garden in beautiful shape for months to come. Free. Registration required. MENNE September 17: Spectacular Container Gardens for Fall, 2 pm. Demonstration will show which plants work together for easy care, color and long-lasting interest. Tips on soil, drainage, plant combinations and fertilizing will be covered. Free. Registration required. MENNE • September 24 – 25: Old Thyme Fall Festival, 12 – 4 pm. Demonstrations, craft and decorating ideas, music, food, children’s games, face painting. MENNE

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CP: Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire ahead for meeting places. 607/255-2400; cornellplantations.org.

ornamental garden plantings. Tour content will vary from week to week, depending on the plants, season, interests of the group, and whim of the docent. Free; donations welcome. Meet: near ponds, F.R. Newman Arboretum. CP Ongoing through October 26: Trumansburg Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays, 4 – 7 pm. Fresh locally grown produce, naturally-raised meats, eggs, flowers, herbs, local crafters, live music and dinner. Village Park, Trumansburg, corner Routes 96 and 227. 607/387-3892; Deirdre@ McLallenHouse.com; Trumansburg-NY.gov.

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Ongoing through September 3: Botanical Garden Highlight Tours, Saturdays, 1 pm. Enjoy a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens. Tour content will vary from week to week, depending on the plants, season, interests of the group, and whim of the docent. Free; donations welcome. Meet: Nevin Welcome Venter. CP

July 9: Nature Journaling, 10 am – 1 pm. Ages 16 and older. Keeping a nature journal is a way to visually record observations, impressions of the day, musings and dreamings in an unhurried and meaningful manner. Bring sketch book or sketch journal and pencil. Instructor: Camille Doucet, artist. $30 members; $36 non-members. Registration required. CP

Ongoing through September 4: Arboretum Highlight Tours, Sundays, 1 pm. Enjoy a guided tour through the F.R. Newman Arboretum while visiting tree and shrub collections, and diverse

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pen, graphite, markers and colored pencil in combination with water color. Participants should have some watercolor painting experience. Class will work with natural/living materials. Instructor: Paula DiSanto Bensadoun, scientific illustrator/botanical artist. $120 members; $144 non-members. Registration required. CP July 16 – 17: Open House at Bluegrass Lane, 10 am – 2 pm. The flower trial gardens at Cornell University’s Bluegrass Lane are not typically open to the public. See 1000+ annuals and perennials. Cornell University, Department of Horticulture, Ithaca. hort.cornell.edu/bglannuals. August 2: Fruit Storage Workshop. Day-long event. $55 if paid by July 26; $65 after July 26 and at the door. Cornell University, Ithaca. 607/255-5439; mw45@cornell.edu. August 4: Innovations in Organic Research, 4 – 7 pm. Topics include: Organic variety trials for six vegetable crops bred for late blight, downy mildew, and cucumber beetle resistance. Soil health impact of cover crops. Organic potato management trials. Reduced tillage cover cropping system for broccoli production. Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Road, Freeville. Betsy Leonard, bai1@ cornell.edu. August 6 – September 5: Outdoor Art Exhibit. Durable, outdoor art by several local artists, on display at the nursery. Opening celebration August 6, 5 – 8 pm, garden party atmosphere,

music, local brewery and winery, finger foods. The Plantsmen Nursery, 482 Peruville Road (Route 34B), Groton. 607/533-7193; plantsmen. com.

ROCHESTER REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS African Violet Society of Rochester meets the first Wednesday of each month, September – May, at 7 pm, St. John’s Home, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester. All are welcome. Bob or Linda Springer: 585/413-0606; blossoms002@ yahoo.com. Bonsai Society of Upstate New York meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, Buckland Park, 1341 Westfall Road, Rochester. 585/334-2595; bonsaisocietyofupstateny.org. Fairport Garden Club meets the 3rd Thursday evening of each month (except August and January). Accepting new members. fairportgc@ gmail.com; fairportgardenclub.org. Garden Club of Brockport meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm, Clarkson Schoolhouse, Ridge Road, east of Route 19. Speakers, hands-on sessions. Kathy Dixon: 585/431-0509; kadixon@excite.com. Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets

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Ongoing July – August: Daylily Display Garden. Visit a nationally recognized daylily display garden with over 250 varieties of daylilies including 30 new varieties. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster. websterarboretum.org. Ongoing: Talk Dirt, first Monday of each month, 11:45 am – 1 pm. Topics vary. Bring a lunch. Free. Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Education Center, 4H Fairgrounds, Route 31, between Albion and Medina. 585/798-4265; cceorleans.shutterfly.com. Ongoing: Stone-Tolan House and Grounds, Fridays 34 | JULY-AUGUST 2011

FREQUENT HOSTS BRI: Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor Pittsford Road, Victor, NY. 585/924-2274; bristolsgardencenter.com IBA: International Bonsai Arboretum, 1070 Martin Road, West Henrietta, NY. 585/3342595; internationalbonsai.com. GRAN: Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. Contact Kim Bellavia, Education Director: 585/394-1472; kimb@grangerhomestead.org. grangerhomestead.org. LIN: Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Linwood, NY 14486. 585/584-3913; linwoodgardens.org. RBC: Rochester Butterfly Club. Field trips last about 2 hours, some continue into the afternoon, especially those that are further away. Long pants and appropriate footgear strongly recommended. Free and open to the public. rochesterbutterflyclub.org. RCGC: Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620. 585/473-5130; rcgc.org. ROC: Sponsored by the City of Rochester. 585/428-6770; cityofrochester.gov. SG: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585/394-4922; sonnenberg.org. TAS: Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary, 158l Jackson Road, Penfield. 585/425-9561; 585/586-6677. WAY: Wayside Garden Center, 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Road (Route 31), Macedon, NY 14502. 585/223-1222 x100; trish@waysidegardencenter.com; waysidegardencenter.com.

& Saturdays, 12 – 3 pm. Tour the house and grounds. Call to arrange a tour at an alternate time. Landmark Society of Western NY. 585/5467029; landmarksociety.org. Ongoing: George Eastman House – Open Gardens. Docent-led garden tours offered daily; closed Monday. Included with museum admission. George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester. 585/271-3361; eastmanhouse.org. Ongoing through September 30: Visit Ellwanger Garden, Tuesdays, 5 – 7 pm. Stroll the grounds while volunteers are working. Weather permitting. Ellwanger Garden, 625 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. Call to arrange a tour at an alternate time. Landmark Society of Western NY. 585/546-7029; landmarksociety.org. Ongoing through September 30: Geneseo Farmers’ Market, Thursdays, 4 – 7 pm. Intersection Center and Main Streets, Geneseeo. 585/880-4456. July 2: Garden Tour at Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake Golf Courses in Penfield, 9 – 10:30 am. Join head gardener Sharon Way for morning tea and a tour of the gardens and grounds. Enjoy perennials, flowering shrubs and majestic

trees. Free with new or renewed membership. Registration required. RCGC July 2 – 18: Daylily Open Garden, Saturdays 9 – 11 am, Mondays 6 – 8 pm. Over 650 daylily cultivars; AHS Region 4 display garden. Optional times, days, group tours arranged by appointment. Late season and rebloom daylilies available in August, phone ahead to make arrangements. Enchanted Gardens, 1085 State Road, Webster. Kathleen Kosel, 585/265-9635; 585/775-7338. July 3: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Charlie and Judy Zettek, Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 6: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9 am. Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area, Nunda. Meet: Park and Ride lot, Routes 15 & 251, I-390 exit 11, Rush. RBC July 7: Landscape Design Charette with Pietro Furgiuele, 6 – 8 pm. Learn about the design process and gain confidence in your creativity in this hands-on intensive with Pietro Furgiuele, owner of Waterford Tilling. A charette is a collaborative session in which a group of designers brainstorm a plan. Meet on site where Pietro will describe the design objectives of the project, students will collaborate on creating a plan. Pietro will use student input to illustrate basic design principles and how to work with a drawing. $22 members; $32 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC July 8: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm; gates open 7:30 pm. Flower City Orchestra playing Ragtime Jazz. Enjoy live music and the gardens lit in lights. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Refreshments available. Rain or shine. $7 members; $9 nonmembers; $4 youth 6-17; 5 and under free. SG July 9: Preserving and Restoring Natural Landscapes, 9 am – 12 pm. Jim Engel will give a power point presentation on the identification of invasive plants and strategies and methods of controlling invasive plants as well as lead a discussion on the value of native versus nonnative. There will be an opportunity for field identification. $10. Registration required by July 6. LIN July 9: Garden Tour – Private Gardens of Pittsford, 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day exploring hidden gardens just off the main thoroughfares, each with its own distinctive style and flair. Advance: $15 members; $20 non-members. After June 15: $20 at Wegmans. Day of: $20 all, at 26 Random Woods Road, 116 Woodland Road, 7851 Royal Woods, all in Pittsford 14534. RCGC July 9: Water Garden Containers, 11 am & 1 pm. Make your own to take home. $25. Registration required. BRI July 9: DIY Landscape Design Seminar, 2 pm. Workshop. Free. Registration required. WAY • July 9 – 10: Lavender Festival, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Pick fresh lavender bundles from the field, purchase lavender plants, over 40 craft artisans, informational speakers, Olfactory Soap Shoppe, musical entertainment, children’s area, family farm museum, hay rides, sample baked goods and homemade lavender ice cream. $3; children under 12 free. No pets. Olfactory Farm, 12973 Upton Road, Red Creek. nylavenderfestival.com.


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Calendar ROCHESTER continued July 10: Daylily Sale, 8 am – 12 pm. Over 40 varieties to choose from. Advice on selection and daylily care available. Rain or shine. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster. websterarboretum. org. July 10: Bugs & Bees, 1 – 3 pm. Learn why these little creatures are so important. $5. Registration requested. GRAN July 10: Pruning, 1 – 3 pm. Hands-on pruning class. $5. Registration requested. GRAN July 10: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Charlie and Judy Zettek, Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 10: Mid-Season Rose Culture, 2 pm. Gene Noto of Rochester Rose Society will discuss mid-season care as well as fall and winter preparation. Bring rose shears for sharpening. Free. Registration required. WAY July 11: Garden Talk, 6 – 7 pm. Subjects include gardening on a budget, growing plants from seed, planning a vegetable garden, maximizing color with annuals and perennials, raising herbs, and recognizing poison ivy. Each week will offer a different presentation depending on the interests of those attending. Free. Flint Street Recreation Center, 271 Flint Street. ROC July 12: Advanced Technique – Floral Spheres, 7 – 9 pm. Floral designer Alana Miller will share design methods, techniques and positioning of silk, dried and fresh flowers to create spheres for kissing balls, topiary, etc. Students will create a topiary with fresh flowers, using the clutching method. $36 members; $46 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC July 14: Just Paint, 10 am – 4 pm. Lanna Pejovic will share strategies for starting a painting out of doors and give constructive guidance and support tailored to individual needs. Participants are welcome to use media of choice. Some previous painting experience is recommended. $50. Registration required. LIN July 14: Daylily Garden Open House, 4 – 7 pm. Charlie and Judy Zettek, Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 14: Stroll in the Garden at Michael Hannen’s Nursery, 6 – 7:30 pm. Michael grows over 800 varieties of plants at his urban home-based nursery. Enjoy his guided tour of the gardens, highlighting the current standouts in bloom. $10 members; $15 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC July 15: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm; gates open 7:30 pm. Tullamore Celtic Band & Drumcliffe School of Dance. See description under July 8. Rain or shine. $7 members; $9 nonmembers; $4 youth 6-17; 5 and under free. SG July 16: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9:30 am. Ganondagan State Historic Site, Fort Hill Area. Meet: parking lot, Boughton Hill Road, opposite Murray Road; about 1.1 miles west of Ganondagon Visitor Center. 585/425-2380. RBC July 16: Summer Wildflowers, 10 am. Walk led by Carl Herrgesell and Frank Crombe. Free. TAS 36 | JULY-AUGUST 2011

July 16: The Art of Seeing, 10 am – 5 pm. Using graphite pencils, pens, and/or colored pencils (including watercolor pencils), draw nature’s bounty while refreshing basic skills in composition, perspective, gesture, and markmaking. Go from thumbnail sketches to a final drawing. Instructor: Christina Laurel. $75. Registration required. LIN

July 25: Gardening with What We’ve Got – Revamping Your Existing Landscape, 6 – 8 pm. Landscape professionals Nellie Gardner and Christine Froehlich will discuss the step-by-step process of renovating a landscape including inventory, structure, siting, and using existing plants more dynamically. $22 members; $32 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC

July 16: Webster Village Garden Tour, 1 – 4 pm. Self-guided. Free; donations to Webster Museum appreciated. villageofwebster.com.

July 27: Book Signing - Hydrangeas in the North: Getting Blooms in the Colder Climates, 6:30 – 8 pm. Written by Wayside Garden Center’s Nursery Manager, Tim Boebel, the 120-page book contains approximately 200 photos and illustrations outlining Tim’s methods for growing hydrangeas in Zones 3 – 7A. Refreshments. Part of Hydrangea Celebration week, see July 22 – 31. WAY

July 16 – 17: Ikebana Exhibit & Demonstrations. Presented by Ikebana International Rochester Chapter 53. Demonstrations: 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm both days. Free. Barnes & Noble, R.I.T. campus, Rochester. ikebanarochester.org. July 16 – 17: Open Garden. Fourteen garden property containing a large collection of unique and unusual perennials, shrubs, and trees. Selfguided, owner on site to give added information. Call for details and location. Tina and Matt: 585/217-8661. July 17: Color and Fragrance Year-Round in Your Landscape, 2 pm. Free. Registration required. WAY July 18: Garden Talk, 6 – 7 pm. See description under July 11. Free. Carter Street Community Center, 500 Carter Street. ROC July 21: Soiree at MingleNest Gardens in Avon, 6:30 – 8 pm. Built into a hillside, the many paths in this large, multi-tiered garden invite visitors to wander and discover ponds, waterfalls, a rock wall studded with echeverias, shady and sunny gardens with mature flowering shrubs, perennials and ornamental trees. Refreshments. $12. Preregistration required. RCGC July 22: Daylily Garden Open House, 4 – 7 pm. Charlie and Judy Zettek, Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 22: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm; gates open 7:30 pm. Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. See description under July 8. Rain or shine. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 youth 6-17; 5 and under free. SG July 22 – 23: In Community with Nature, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Participants are invited to work in the media of their choice. Jean Stephens will provide individual guidance and assistance with concept development and composition. Time allowed for group sharing at the end of each day. Participants may attend either one or both days. $60 per day. Registration required by July 15. LIN July 22 – 31: Hydrangea Celebration. WAY July 23: Insects and Fungal Diseases in the Rose Garden, 10 am – 12 pm. Greater Rochester Rose Society members will provide expert advice and hands-on demonstrations. Rain or shine. Free. Meet: by the fountain, Maplewood Rose Garden, corner Lake & Driving Park Avenues. ROC July 23: Summer Propagation of Woody Ornamentals at Coldwater Pond Nursery, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Join owner Ted Hildebrandt at the nursery in Phelps for a demonstration of how to propagate woody ornamentals by summer cuttings, grafting and budding with discussion of how to use these techniques at home. $15 members; $20 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC

July 28: More Than Two Hundred and Fifty Hydrangeas at Tim’s in East Bloomfield, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Through much experimentation Tim Boebel has worked out how to get consistent bloom from hydrangeas in our less-than-ideal environment, and is looking at hundreds of cultivars to determine which are best for our area. He will discuss the merits of different cultivars, a bit about growing hydrangea in patio containers, and answer questions. $22 members; $27 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC July 29: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm; gates open 7:30 pm. Angelicus String Quartet. See description under July 8. Rain or shine. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 youth 6-17; 5 and under free. SG July 30: Small-Scale Woodlot and Sugarbush Management, 9 am – 1 pm. Dr. Peter Smallidge of Cornell University will conduct this workshop covering safety, silviculture, and woodland assessment techniques including principles of tree growth, measuring trees, assessing tree quality, inspecting equipment and tools, utilizing safe practices, basic silvicultural principles, and info for multiple ownership objectives. Participants will observe directional felling using a felling plan and use of an ATV and arch for moving sawlogs/firewood. The course is designed for novice to intermediate participants and anyone interested in learning about and discussing sustainable woodland practices. Includes handouts and scale stick. $15. Registration required by July 22. Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark. 315/331-8415; counties. cce.cornell.edu/wayne. July 30: Christine Sevilla Wetlands Preserve, 10 am. Explore native plants, birds, butterflies and dragonflies with naturalist Steve Daniel. Wear waterproof boots. 3799 Iroquois Road, Caledonia. Genesee Land Trust, 500 East Avenue, Suite 200, Rochester. 585/256-2130; info@geneseelandtrust.org; geneseelandtrust.org. July 31: Plant Societies Plant Sale, 10 am – 2 pm. Master Gardeners of Monroe County, Greater Rochester Perennial Society, Genesee Valley Hosta Society, North American Rock Garden Society. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-1000; counties.cce.cornell.edu/monroe. July 31: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Charlie and Judy Zettek, Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317.


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Calendar ROCHESTER continued August 1 – 2: Hypertufa Garden Troughs, Monday 7 – 9 pm; Tuesday 7 – 8 pm. Alana Miller will guide participants through the creation of their own hypertufa planter. First evening: mix and mold the hypertufa. Second evening: unmold your container, discuss wintering it over, and see how Alana uses these planters in the landscape. Materials included. $65 members; $75 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC August 2: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve. Meet: parking lot, near intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Roads, Wayne County. 585/383-8168. RBC August 6: Linwood Gateways: Artist’s Book, 9:30 am – 5 pm. Join Carol Acquilano and Karen ArpSandel to create a triptych style book using a simple pamphlet stitch technique. The booklet will be used for on-site drawing and watercolor painting. Learn to bring Yogic breathing and meditation practice into your creative process. Participants will take home a book form and the inspiration to continue sketching and painting. $90 plus $10 materials. Registration required by July 30. LIN August 6: Late Summer Dividing and Cuttings, 10 am – 1 pm. Michael Hannen will discuss taking cuttings of different plants to propagate for next year. Growth in peak condition will quickly put out roots producing cuttings with the best chances of success for overwintering in a garage or cold frame. August is also the best time to divide many perennials. $17 members; $22 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC August 6: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Charlie and Judy Zettek, Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. August 7: DIY Landscape Design Seminar, 2 pm. Workshop. Free. Registration required. WAY August 11: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Black Creek Park. Meet: Byrne Dairy, intersection Union Street and Chili Avenue. Group will car pool to nearby area of the park. 585/3854725. RBC August 13: Fairy Gardens, 11 am & 1 pm. Make your own to take home. $25. Registration required. BRI August 13: Asian Arts & Cultural Festival. Included with regular admission. SG August 13 – 14: Butterfly Weekend. WAY August 14: Flower Arranging, 9 – 11 am. Make your own arrangement. Supplies extra. $5. Registration requested. GRAN August 17: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Burger Park. Meet: parking lot, Braddock Bay Park, near lodge. Group will car pool. 585/2591812. RBC August 19 – 21: Edible Forest Garden Caretake and Harvest, Friday 6 – 9 pm; Saturday 9 am – 9 pm; Sunday 9 am – 1 pm. Gather, harvest, and eat. Using Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier as a guide, participants will discuss and experience methods and practices to manage a food forest. Hands-on. $175 – $225, sliding scale; includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. Registration required by August

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12. Barefoot Edible Landscape & Permaculture. 585/506-6505; barefootpermaculture.com. August 20: Ferns, 10 am. Walk led by Carl Herrgesell and Rick Iuli. Hand lens helpful. Free. TAS August 20 – 21: Arts at the Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring select fine art and fine crafts from around the country, 100 exhibitors. Self-guided walks in the outlying gardens and mansion. $6. SG August 22: Cut-Flower Workshop at a Historic Flower Farm, 6 – 8 pm. Nellie Gardner will lead a tour of her small farm and the flowers she grows for her business, including many kinds of annuals, perennials and around 50 varieties of dahlias. She’ll discuss using cut flowers: which varieties work best for cutting as well as landscape use, how to cut and condition your flowers, how to prep the water, care of bouquets, etc. Participants will select and cut their own bouquet to take home. $28 members; $35 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC August 25: Revamping the Garden for Fall, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Join RCGC Director Christine Froehlich in her garden in Sodus Point to learn which plants can be cut back to stimulate new growth for fall and a host of other methods to neaten up the garden quickly. Learn about soil improvement, taking an inventory of what is in the garden and which plants can be divided or moved for next season. $22 members; $32 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC August 25: Soiree – Jerry Kral’s Incredible Landscape, 6:30 – 8 pm. See Jerry Kral’s use of small and medium-sized evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, in inspired combinations with perennials and annuals, linked by artful use of pathways and stone walls. A ¼-acre sunny garden is home to innovative rock gardens including a slab garden, tufa crevice garden, and pumice rock garden. Refreshments. $12. Preregistration required. RCGC August 27: Butterfly and Wildflower Walk: Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, 10 am – 12 pm. Enjoy summer flowers and butterflies on an easy level walk through meadows. Led by naturalists Carol and David Southby. Long pants and appropriate footgear required, there is poison ivy. Genesee Land Trust, 500 East Avenue, Suite 200, Rochester. 585/256-2130; info@ geneseelandtrust.org; geneseelandtrust.org. August 27: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve. Meet: parking lot, near intersection Wilkinson and Victor Roads, Wayne County. 585/383-8168. RBC September 3 – 4: Autumn Open House & Sale. Inventory reduction sale and tool discounts. Daily demonstrations by Wm. N. Valavanis and Harvey Carapella. Special exhibit of suiseki (viewing stones) from the Upstate New York Suiseki Study Group and fine classical bonsai. Refreshments. Free. IBA September 7 – October 26: Introductory Bonsai Course, five Wednesdays, 7 – 10 pm. Major emphasis will be on the theory and techniques of bonsai design, pruning, wiring and potting. Each lesson consists of a slide lecture, demonstration and workshop where students are encouraged and assisted in creating their own bonsai. Five bonsai will be created by each student by the end of the course. Materials not included. $90. Registration required. IBA

September 9: Fall Exhibit Opening – Yuuga: Contemporary Botanical Watercolors from Japan, 6 – 9 pm. Moon viewing ceremony in Japanese Garden. $7 members; $9 non-members. SG September 10: Gathering of Gardeners, 8 am – 4 pm. Featuring Barry Yinger, plant explorer, and Tovah Martin, author and gardener. Presented by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County. Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-1000 x225; gatheringofgardeners.com. September 10: Autumn Combo Pot, 11 am & 1 pm. Make your own to take home. $25. Registration required. BRI September 10 – October 18: Fall Exhibit – Yuuga: Contemporary Botanical Watercolors from Japan. Traveling exhibit from the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University. Yuuga translates as “elegant, graceful and refined.” Thirty-five original artworks. Included with regular admission. SG September 10 – October 29: Introductory Bonsai Course, five Saturdays, 9 am – 12 pm. See description under September 7. Materials not included. $90. Registration required. IBA September 12 – October 24: Introductory Bonsai Course, five Mondays, 7 – 10 pm. See description under September 7. Materials not included. $90. Registration required. IBA September 14: Dahlias in All Their Variety, 6 – 7:30 pm. Gerald Kloc’s dahlia garden has over 450 plants of more than 300 different varieties. He grows prizewinning blooms for competition and is an accredited judge in the American Dahlia Society. Join him in his garden during peak dahlia bloom to explore the myriad sizes, colors and forms of this late-summer flower, learn how to start and care for the plants and dig and store the tubers for winter. $10 members; $15 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC September 15: Stroll in the Garden at Michael Hannen’s Nursery, 6 pm till dusk. See description under July 14. $10 members; $15 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC

Save the Date… September 17: Invaders of the Lost Swamp, 10 am. Learn about invasive species that threaten to take over the habitat of native plant species in our area. Led by Carol Southby, Frank Crombe and Rick Iuli. Free. TAS

September 17 – 18: Greentopia Festival. Two-day, interactive festival will reveal what the region is doing to help the environment – and envision a greener Rochester of the future. Art, music, speakers, authors, workshops, films, family activities, organic and local food and beverages. High Falls, Rochester. greentopiafestival.com. September 18: Fungi with Fun Guys, 2 pm. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon walk while discovering and identifying mushrooms and other fungi. Led by Dave Wolf and Don Wolf. Free. TAS


SYRACUSE REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS: African Violet Society of Syracuse meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, September – May. Membership open to all interested in the culture, care and propagation of African violets. Visitors welcome. Andrews United Methodist Church, 106 Church Street, North Syracuse. 315/492-2562; kgarb@twcny. rr.com; avsofsyracuse.org. Central New York Orchid Society meets the first Sunday of the month, September – May, St. Augustine’s Church, 7333 O’Brien Rd., Baldwinsville. Dates may vary due to holidays. 315/633-2437; cnyos.org. Gardeners of Syracuse meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm, Reformed Church of Syracuse, 1228 Teall Ave., Syracuse. Enter from Melrose Ave. 315/464-0051. Gardeners in Thyme (a women’s herb club) meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville. 315/635-6481; hbaker@ twcny.rr.com. Habitat Gardening Club of CNY (HGCNY) meets the last Sunday of most months at 2 pm. LeMoyne College, Falcone Library, special activities room, Syracuse. 315/487-5742; hgcny.org. HGCNY is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes; forwild.org. Meetings are free and open to the public. Koi and Water Garden Society of Central New York usually meets the third Monday of each month at 7 pm. See web site for meeting locations. 315/4583199; cnykoi.com. Syracuse Rose Society meets the second Thursday of every month (except December and February) at 7:30 pm. Public welcome. Reformed Church of Syracuse, 1228 Teall Avenue, Syracuse. Enter from Melrose Ave. Club members maintain the E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden, Thornden Park, Syracuse. crbau@aol. com; syracuserosesociety.org.

FREQUENT HOSTS BWNC: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY. 315/673-1350; baltimorewoods.org. CCE/ONE: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany. 736/3394 x125; counties.cce.cornell.edu/ Oneida.

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.

Ongoing July 5 – August 31: Watercolors and Photography: ‘Nature As Our Muse’. Wildlife and nature photography by Diana Whiting. Watercolors of the natural world by Peggy Manring. Free. BWNC July 9: Art Gallery Reception, 2 – 4 pm. Wildlife and nature photography by Diana Whiting. Watercolors of the natural world by Peggy Manring. Free. BWNC July 9 – 10: Finger Lakes Lavender Festival, 9 am – 3

pm. Stroll through lavender fields; harvest your own bouquet of fresh lavender; shop local artists, hand-crafters, lavender products and plants; cooking demonstrations; treasure hunt. Rain or shine. Lockwood Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369; lockwoodfarm@aol.com; fingerlakeslavenderfestival.blogspot.com. July 10: Yoga for Gardeners, 11 am – 12 pm. Join Vicky Hilleges at the Olfactory Farm Lavender Festival (see description under Rochester, July 9 – 10) to learn some simple movements you can do before, during or after a stint in the garden to minimize or avoid the soreness that so often accompanies gardeners during the growing season. Olfactory Farm, 12973 Upton Road, Red Creek; nylavenderfestival.com. Pippi’s Perennials & Blooming Yoga, 315/727-1062; hilleges@twcny.rr.com; pippis.net. July 13: What is Bugging Your Garden?, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Adopt a more Integrated Pest Management approach to keeping problems away from your garden by using environmentally friendly gardening practices instead of chemicals. Learn to distinguish good bugs from bad bugs. Insect and disease problems common to the central New York area will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and individual garden problems to class. Presented by Holly Wise, Extension Educator. $5. Registration required. CCE/ONE September 14: Proactive Winter Plant Protection, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Avoid winter damage and learn how and when to protect plants, trees, and shrubs from winter winds, freezing weather and wildlife damage. Participants will receive tips to ensure the garden landscape is ready for winter, including advice to prepare garden beds for winter, what to prune now and proper storage for over-wintering tender bulbs. Presented by Alana Kempf, Master Gardener. $5. Registration required. CCE/ONE

Save the date… September 18: EnvIRONmental Chef, 4 – 6:30 pm. Celebrity chefs compete in a cook-off using locally grown and produced foods. Participate in the judging while enjoying a large variety of local foods. Learn about local growers, preparers, and sustainable eating. Home chefs, enter to be Sous Chef in a competition round. BWNC

& BEYOND CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.

July 5 – 15: Making Sense of Lavender, weekdays, on-going 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Assist with deadheading the lavender border, learn about this popular plant and create a sachet to take home. KING July 7: Whimsical Wildflower Walk, 1 – 2 pm. Explore summer flowers of the Albany Pine Bush. One mile, rolling topography. Wear sturdy walking shoes & long pants, bring drinking water. $3; $5 family; children under 5 years free. Registration required. PINE July 10: Annual Garden Party Fundraiser. Art in the Garden. Featuring local artists, relaxing music, food and drink. KING

FREQUENT HOSTS KING: The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY. 518/585-2821; fortticonderoga.org. PINE: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY. 518/456-0655; albanypinebush.org. July 10 – 16: Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week. adkinvasives.com July 16: Karner Blue Butterfly Walk, 11 am – 12 pm. Learn why this butterfly is nearing extinction, the efforts being made to save it and how you can help. Wear sturdy walking shoes & long pants, bring drinking water. $3; $5 family; children under 5 years free. Registration required. PINE July 24: Karner Blue Butterfly Walk, 11 am – 12 pm. See description under July 16. Wear sturdy walking shoes & long pants, bring drinking water. $3; $5 family; children under 5 years free. Registration required. PINE • July 25 – August 5: Ladybug Investigators, weekdays, on-going 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Learn about native and introduced species of this insect. All ages. KING • July 31: National Tree Day Celebration, 11 am – 12 pm. Explore the importance of trees and the different species that live in the Pine Bush. $3; $5 family; children under 5 years free. Registration required. PINE July 31: Wildflowers of the Pine Bush Slideshow, 2 – 3 pm. Learn about the wildflowers that bloom in the preserve, their importance for the ecosystem and how to use native plants in landscaping. $3; $5 family. Registration required. PINE • Ongoing in August: The Art of Floral Design, Tuesdays, 1:30 pm. Using the living color wheel and blooms from the King’s Garden, children and families explore color theory before creating their very own floral arrangement to take home. KING August 8 – 26: Iris Division Days, weekdays, on-going 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Discover the history of the bearded iris, learn practical growing tips, and try your hand at dividing the rhizomes. Iris sale runs concurrently with program. KING September 7: Nature’s Wild Abundance, 1 – 2:30 pm. Tour the Healing Herb Garden, garden grounds and field edges in search of maturing and late season plants with special benefits. Learn about the traditional and folkloric uses of herbs and wild plants, identification and ways they are used today. $15. Registration required. Rain date September 8. KING September 14: Healing Salves and Oils, 1 – 3:30 pm. Using fresh herbs harvested from the Fort’s gardens, learn the proper ways of making herbal oils for massage, a salve and lip balm. Includes hands-on demonstration, handouts and products to take home. $25. Registration required. KING

Deadline for Calendar Listings for the next issue (September – October) is Friday, August 12, 2011. Please send your submissions to deb@ upstategardenersjournal.com.

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Roasted tomatillo guacamole Spacing is the same as for tomato plants and will depend on whether you stake the plants or let them sprawl on the ground. Water when the ground is dry and, if possible, use a deep watering method that directs the water into the soil and not just allow it to spread on the surface of the ground, Apply a light fertilizer when they are planted, when they first start to blossom and about three weeks later. Tomatillos are one of those garden plants that are just fun to plant and grow. ROASTED TOMATILLO GUACAMOLE

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omatillo plants resemble tomato plants in look and growing conditions, but they produce small green fruits that turn yellow when really ripe and grow in an odd shaped papery skin. As they mature the skin will open and expose the fruit. Usually the husks will break open when they are ripe. If they don’t, simply test them with a gentle squeeze to check for ripeness. If you have never grown them before just remember that they are best grown in warm weather and they love heat. With this in mind choose a site that gets full sun and has well-drained soil that’s not too rich. A pH reading that’s close to neutral (7.0) is good for them.

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2 to 4 fresh jalapenos, stems removed and chilies halved and seeded 1 medium white onion, peeled & cut in large chunks 2 garlic cloves 2 tomatillos, husk removed 2 avocados, peeled and cut into chunks 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 2/3 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped ½- 1 tsp. salt 1. In a large, unoiled sauté pan over medium heat, roast the Jalapenos, onion, garlic and tomatillo on all sides, 20-25 minutes. A grill may also be used to roast the vegetables. 2. In a blender or food processor, whirl the vegetables with ½ cup water until blended, but still chunky.  Add the avocado and lime juice & pulse until blended.  Add cilantro and salt & pulse to combine. 3. Makes 3 cups.  Serve with tortilla chips. Recipe courtesy Marion Morse, Allyn’s Creek Garden Club

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Rooted

Teachable moments by Christina Le Beau

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ast day of school. Time for a final salute to my daughter’s terrific first-grade teacher. And to all the other teachers who realize that what kids eat — and what they know about food — matters. I’ve written about Ms. S before and how she just… gets it. Our school is progressive, interdisciplinary, experiential — all those buzzwords that hit the right notes. But it walks the talk. It really does. And Ms. S, especially, has let the kids take the lead, using the year’s sustainability theme to, among other things: start vermicomposting; create a schoolwide recycling program (including hilariously sweet PSAs); make green household cleaners for holiday gifts; team with local college students for an environmental science fair; and make and sell recycled-material hearts for a Valentine’s Day fundraiser to benefit Nature Abounds But it’s the last couple months, I think, that have been the most remarkable. It’s during this time that Ms. S has been leading a “Sustainable You” unit. OK, a lot of schools and a lot of teachers do healthyeating units. But you know how that goes: Eat your vegetables. Don’t eat too many sweets. Drink your milk. Not every school food lesson is like that. But a lot of them are. This one was different. The kids read books about sustainable food and food habits, including 42 | JULY-AUGUST 2011

the amazing “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats,” which chronicles, in vivid photographs, a week’s worth of groceries for 30 families in 24 countries. They completed worksheets tied to the film “What’s on Your Plate?” that asked kids to “talk about what they eat, where it comes from and why that matters.” We discussed the importance of local agriculture, the differences between whole and processed foods, and why chemical ingredients are bad news. Mind you, this wasn’t my doing. I helped. I gave Ms. S some ideas and lent her some books. But she started it and ran with it. And, most importantly, she owned it. This wasn’t a PC food unit. She didn’t shy from controversial topics. But she did it with grace and good humor, and no one felt offended or judged or put on the spot. When the kids brought in their favorite foods, we read ingredients together and talked about marketing tricks and unpronounceable words. Later we heard from students who’d shopped with their families and chosen fresh fruit over syrupy fruit cups, or skipped items with food dye. When Ms. S launched The Great Cool Whip vs. Real Whipped Cream Experiment (inspired by a similar stunt we’d read about), the kids found it equally gross that the cream was moldy and the Cool Whip was not. Then there were the everyday things, like how Ms. S handled food differences and snacks and parties. Just good stuff that made me grateful for a kindred spirit in the classroom. The kids finished the unit with a walk to the farmers’ market and through the school garden for some local produce to bake and dehydrate for their Poet Tea, a sort of poetry slam for the grade-school set. And at the school picnic the class gave Ms. S food-themed gifts to end the year: gift certificates for a local food co-op and two producer-only farmers’ markets, and a classroom copy of “Hungry Planet.” And memories books from the kids. Not food-themed. Just awesome. Happy summer, all. Christina Le Beau lives in Rochester. She blogs about raising food-literate kids at www.spoonfedblog.net. A version of this essay originally appeared on Spoonfed.


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