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Hospicare of Tompkins County A garden of shrubs Roast pork and garden vegetables FREE

Volume Seventeen, Issue Five September-October 2011

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Contents Ear to the Ground............................................... 5 What to do in the garden In September and October..................................... 6 In the garden’s embrace Hospicare of Tompkins County......................... 10-12 You ask... the experts answer............................................... 14 A garden of shrubs The ultimate low-maintenance flower garden................................................. 17-19 Roast pork and garden vegetables................. 21 Calendar....................................................... 22-32 Victory garden................................................... 34

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What to do in the garden In September and October Garden Maintenance:

Continue weeding to prevent seeds from overwintering and give yourself a head start in the spring. If you don’t have time to weed at least cut off and discard the seed heads. Watering trees and shrubs is as important as watering perennials. If it’s a dry fall make sure trees and shrubs are well watered until the soil freezes. This is extremely important for anything planted this season. Mulch newly planted trees and shrubs to prevent heaving in the winter. Keep the mulch at least 3 inches away from the trunk.
 Prevent mouse and rabbit damage to thin-barked trees by installing 18 to 24 inch high hardware cloth. Cut any grass around the base of trees short to discourage nesting by these critters. Perennials:

Bulbs: Begin planting spring bulbs. You will get better results if you plant when there is a month of 40 degree or above soil temperature (mid Sept. – mid Oct. in our area). This allows the bulbs to set strong roots and will give you better blooms. Fertilize bulbs when you plant them using compost or a 5-10-10 fertilizer. Cover the planting area with 2-3 inches of compost. With some bulbs it’s difficult to tell the top from the bottom. The skin is loose at the top and attached at the bottom. If you can’t tell, plant them sideways! To deter moles, voles and squirrels, ring the planting area with a mixture of soil and gravel or put small chicken wire between the bulbs and soil surface. Plant bulbs 2 to 3 times as deep as their height, a little deeper for naturalizing varieties.

Remove and discard all diseased plant material. Do not place in compost pile as some fungal spores can winter over in ground litter and soil and will re-infect plants next season. Disinfect your pruner after working on diseased plants before moving to a new plant. A quick spray with Lysol or a dip in a 10% Clorox solution works well. Remove and destroy iris foliage to eliminate the eggs of the iris borer.
 You can leave the seed heads of astilbe, black-eyed-Susan, coneflower, daisy etc. intact to provide food for the birds and winter interest. Divide any perennials that are overgrown, have diminished bloom or formed a “doughnut” shape with a bare spot in the center of the clump. It’s best to transplant early in the fall while there is still enough time for roots to settle in for the winter. 

Overseed bare spots in the lawn. Filling in bare spots helps prevent weeds in those areas next year. September is the best time to fertilize your lawn and seed a new one. A top dressing of good compost is a great soil conditioner and best if applied after core aeration. . Remember to choose high quality seed appropriate for the site and water the grass seeds regularly to keep the soil moist. In early September check your lawn for grubs by lifting up about a square foot of sod. If there are more than 10-12 grubs per square foot you may want to treat for grubs. First identify what type of grub you have so you know the proper treatment. Contact your Cooperative Extension for help in identification and treatment options. Keep mowing the lawn. Make the last cutting one inch lower than usual to prevent matting and to discourage snow mold.
 Vegetables & Herbs:

Any time after the first frost through late October is a good time to plant garlic. Pick off the tomato blossoms that won’t have time to develop so the nutrients go into the tomatoes already growing on the vine. 
Plant cover crops such as peas or clover as you harvest your vegetables. This will reduce the need for weeding and will add nitrogen to the soil.


Another option is to sow a cover crop such as rye or winter wheat in the vegetable garden. Turn it over in the spring.
 Wait until the seeds of your sunflowers are firm and done growing. Cut off the sunflower head leaving about one foot of stem. Hang in an airy dry place until ripening is complete. Dig mature onions on a dry day. Store them in a wellventilated place in mesh bags (or even panty hose). 

Plant radish, kale, spinach, and lettuce seeds in early September as your last crops. 

Pull up your hot pepper plants and hang them until the peppers are dry. (Or thread them on a string to dry.)

Allow nuts to fully mature on the trees. Remove the outer green hull of butternuts and walnuts.
 Try potting up some of your garden herbs and bring them into the house for fresh herbs during the winter. If you have any vegetables with fungal problems make sure that area is cleaned of all plant debris and avoid planting the same variety in the same spot next year. Miscellaneous:

Dig and store summer blooming bulbs, caladium and elephant’s ears before frost and tuberous begonias, cannas, dahlias after the foliage is blackened by frost. Bring in tender perennials such as scented geraniums and rosemary and any annuals you want to overwinter before you have to turn on the furnace. This cuts down on the shock of moving inside. Begin bringing in houseplants that lived outdoors all summer. Wash them off with a good spray of soapy water. Check for diseases and insects before bringing inside. Make cuttings of plants treated as annuals such as scented geraniums, strobilanthus, impatiens, and coleus. Collect seeds from open pollinated plants such as kissme-over-the-garden-gate, Big Max pumpkin, and Brandywine tomatoes. If collecting seeds, be sure to keep them dry and chilled at 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
 Join a seed exchange such as Seed Savers. Contribute extra seeds to organizations such as the American Horticulture Society and the Herb Society of America. Add color to the autumn garden by planting mums, kale, flowering cabbage, and pansies. Plant trees and shrubs now. They will have time to develop roots before winter sets in. Fallen leaves are one of the most wasted natural resources the home gardener has. They can be used as a mulch to improve soil texture and add nutrients. (Get some from your neighbors as well!) Small leaves like linden or birch trees can be spread on gardens directly. Larger leaves can be shredded or run over with your lawn mower before spreading. Avoid using black walnut or butternut, as they can be toxic to many plants. Excess leaves can be composted for use next spring. They decompose faster if shredded first. Take pictures of your gardens. Make notes for next year’s gardens now. What worked, what didn’t, what to add, remove, or move. 
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In the garden’s embrace Hospicare of Tompkins County by Michelle Sutton Photos by Lisa Miller

“It began in mystery, and will end in mystery, but what a wonderful journey lies in between.” —Diane Ackerman, etched in the Spiral Garden stone at Hospicare of Ithaca ABOVE: A view of the garden

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he word “hospice” comes from the Latin word “hospes,” meaning host or guest. The modern Hospice movement had its formal origins in the U.K. in 1967, when physician Dame Cicely Saunders founded the first hospice outside London. Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County, aka Hospicare of Ithaca, opened in 1996, and was the first residential hospice in New York State. The beautiful, thoughtfully designed gardens are hallowed ground, and the gardeners are not like any other Positive interactions with residents always take precedence over weed pulling. Sometimes this can veer into downright comical terrain. Two weeks after Lisa Miller, Hospicare’s first fulltime gardener, started in 2005, a gentleman insisted that he wanted to help. But owing to heavy medication


and perhaps some dementia, his notions of help were unconventional; he wanted to cut down all the shrubs and dig up the plants he didn’t like. At first, not sure what to make of this crusty country fellow, Miller realized that he just needed to be busy and useful. “At first he just dug up holes in the lawn and I patched it,” she says. “I knew I could replant it, and it made him happy to use his body.” Eventually she steered him toward mulching and other useful tasks they could perform together. “We took our breaks, he’d bring me sodas and cookies, and he talked about some truly profound things that had happened in his life. It was a very powerful experience for me.” Another gentleman who liked to help in the garden was 92 and had lost two wives who had died at the facility before his turn came to go there himself.

A lifelong gardener, he yearned to participate in the growing season, but he had trouble getting back up once he got down to the plants’ level. The staff and a group of teenage volunteers from Boynton Middle School built a raised bed to accommodate him in the vegetable garden where he could grow beets and beans. “He wrote poetry every day, played harmonica and accordion, and his family would have music jams in the Great Room every Thursday night,” Miller says. “He studied constellations and questioned things and lived fully right up to the last moment.” The day before he died, a fellow staff member Joe Smellow brought him a bowl of the beans from the raised bed garden. The resident, who had been comatose, woke up to see his harvest and flashed one last, huge smile.

n Unassuming and kind, Lisa Miller and Joe Smellow don’t want this story to be about them, but they are key players and unique individuals who, along with the other staff at Hospicare, make this an exceptional place. Smellow was actually the first gardener at Hospicare; he lives next door to the facility and started out as a volunteer, building composting systems for the gardens. He handed off the gardenership to Miller, but continues on staff as coordinator of the Intergenerational Nature Program. Miller is an artist who earned her degree in Sculpture from Alfred University. She worked for over a decade

as a gardener and garden designer in Ithaca before coming to Hospicare. She’s found the switch from entrepreneurship to gardening-meets-human service immensely gratifying. One of Miller’s responsibilities is overseeing summer work-study interns who rarely come from horticultural backgrounds but are eager to learn about gardening. Their education comes about in other ways as well. “At first there tends to be a lot of awkwardness around death,” Miller says. “But there’s an evolution of understanding and comfort as the interns interact with the residents.” She stresses, “If a resident asks you to do something, say, fill a bird feeder, adjust a walker, or pick a bouquet, you do it. It’s so important to honor requests right away. You might not get to all your garden to-dos for the day but you show up where you’re needed. The garden tasks can wait.” Miller hears from residents and families how much this responsiveness makes a difference in the residents’ time there. One of these residents, Val, spoke of how much it meant to her to be included in the basil harvest and pesto-making day. “That was a lot of fun,” she days. “I picked the leaves off the basil plants. It reminded me of when at home I would make my own pesto.” Val is a lifelong gardener and it means a lot to see so much color outside her windows, from hanging baskets and planters. “I’ll go out in the gardens and sit and Lisa’s out there and she’ll always try to incorporate me in whatever she’s doing. I feed the fish, or help plant

Left: Peonies, Iris and Salvia Right: Intergenerational Nature Program participant


planters. Lisa makes me feel like I am a part of the family.” Val also gets a kick out of seeing how excited visiting children get while showing her fresh-picked produce from the Hospicare vegetable garden. Harvesting vegetables and showing them to residents is one of the many ways young people can be involved through the Intergenerational Nature Program that Joe Smellow runs. Tots, teens, and young adults also help plant and tend the vegetable garden, turn compost, feed birds and fish, and cook with the fresh ingredients available to them. Vincent Lalli started the program in 1999, and then turned it over to Smellow in 2001. “The program is meant to be a little gem,” Smellow says. “It’s a vehicle for children and adults to team up and do projects of service to Hospicare, like taking fresh bouquets to residents.” It’s also a chance to teach about organic gardening, composting, and of course, about the human life cycle.

n The site-sensitive garden master plan was created by Paula Horrigan, landscape architect and Cornell professor. The entire site is 12 acres and includes a 2.5acre pond. Horrigan designed the site to leave a good deal of it in meadow so that there would be a sense of the gardens being part of the larger landscape. The first garden “room” is the South Spiral Garden, which includes a rock spiral, fish pond, soothing


waterfall, and private bench areas. A Memorial Pathway is inscribed with the names and stories of loved ones. This is followed by a rock garden with many plants favored by butterflies and bees. On the north side of the building there is a circle garden designed to provide a meeting space for children’s groups that is also readily visible and audible to the residents. The garden includes brightly colored annuals for cutting and stones with children’s handprints and etchings of frogs and other creatures. There is a nearby children’s memorial bench and tiny picnic table on the edge of a butterfly and hummingbird garden. Strolling paths lead around the pond to the organic vegetable gardens. Out by the parking lot is “Cosmos Hill,” a large bed that reseeds itself annually with luxuriant masses of color. Throughout the gardens memorial benches and seating areas invite people to pause, reflect, and relax while immersed in the sights and sounds of nature. Major funding for the garden was raised by the Ithaca Garden Club. The public is welcome to visit the grounds, dawn to dusk. Horticulturally, these gardens are first-rate, but the people-plant connection is what makes them remarkable. Director of Community Support Saoirse McClory says, “Those who first planned the gardens couldn’t foresee the many ways they are used, even providing a place for home health aides who work here, to get married! The gardens provide a place to create community.”


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A: To learn how to control Poison Ivy you first must make a positive identification. Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans) has a characteristic compound leaf consisting of three leaflets. The leaflets are two to four inches long, dull or glossy green with pointed tips. The middle leaflet is generally larger than the two laterals. The margins of the leaflets appear irregularly toothed, lobed, and are positioned alternately on the stems. Virginia creeper is a non-poisonous vine often mistaken for poison ivy, but has five leaflets radiating from one point of attachment. Poison ivy grows in three different forms: an erect woody shrub, a trailing shrub running along the ground, or most commonly as a woody vine. The vine will grow on trees and other objects for support. It has aerial roots along the stem that helps it attach itself to the bark of trees. Yellowish-green flowers appear in compact clusters in late June or early July. The tiny fruit is berry-like, has a waxy appearance and is grayish white in color. Control can be obtained by either physical or chemical methods. Physical control consists of pulling by hand or grubbing out the roots when the soil is moist. Care should be taken to remove the entire root because the plant will resprout from sections left in the ground. Be sure to avoid skin contact by wearing thick gloves while you work and washing clothing and gloves immediately afterwards. Make sure, also, to rinse your washing machine thoroughly to avoid possible


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A garden of shrubs

The ultimate low-maintenance flower garden by Mary Ruth Smith


an we all agree that hardly anything in gardening is more labor-intensive than a perennial border? Or that anything is lovelier when it is well done? We have been influenced by English gardening books and visits to great English gardens and want to replicate those lush borders in our own gardens, but we have to face the fact that we don’t share the English climate. Even the modern English have trouble finding the army of workers needed to maintain those great old gardens. It has been many years since the fashion changed from strictly flowers to one that includes shrubs, both flowering and evergreen. A mixed border provides more

structure and winter interest with the advantage of requiring less maintenance. I’d like to go a step farther and suggest doing away with perennials altogether, making a garden entirely of shrubs. If you are getting older, as I am, and have a creaky joint or two, you might be looking for ways to reduce the workload while still enjoying the succession of bloom that a perennial border provides. I don’t claim that this is my original idea. Gardeners have made plantings of shrubs for ages. My favorite author, Jane Austen, often had her female characters get their exercise by taking a stroll in the “shrubbery.” In her time this probably

ABOVE: A Tapestry of Shrubs


ABOVE: Spirea ‘Snowstorm’ on the left, dappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’) on the right.

consisted of boxwood or yew hedges laid out in various configurations, or perhaps even a maze. But what I am proposing is neither a single nor a mixed-species hedge, as useful as both of those entities may be. Russell Page, the well-known English garden designer, devotes a chapter to the uses of shrubs in a garden in his 1963 book, The Education of a Gardener. He describes a garden he designed entirely of flowering shrubs and says it can “replace a flower garden when maintenance has to be cut to a minimum.” Even with the resources of his wealthy clients, it would have been difficult for him to achieve the kind of mixed shrub border available to us today. The explosion of interest in gardening in the last twenty or thirty years has brought about the development, propagation, and ready availability in the nursery trade of plants undreamed of fifty years ago. Even twenty years ago, if you wanted a hydrangea, for example, your choice was pretty limited. Now you can find over 200 varieties at one local nursery! I made a shrub garden several years ago and have found it gives me a great deal of pleasure year-round. I call it “The Shrubbery” in homage to Jane Austen. One reason I enjoy it so much is that it requires so little


maintenance. I mulch it with shredded leaves in the fall, as I do all my gardens, to minimize weeding and watering. The only other job is a little pruning now and then for size and shape, and even that job can be nearly eliminated with carefully chosen plant choices. Russell Page often used the word “tapestry” to describe the effect of a shrub garden. That is exactly the effect I was aiming for when I started planting a variety of flowering and evergreen shrubs on a bare hillside beside my walk out basement. It was too steep to mow and too large to consider planting it with flowers. Through careful planning, I had a succession of blooms from spring through fall. Needled and broadleaved evergreens of various shapes and colors added winter interest with colored and variegated foliage in the deciduous plants. Choosing the plants for a flowering shrub border can be a delightful occupation. Visit local nurseries and be amazed at the selection and variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures available. While often advised not to plant just one of everything in a flower garden, feel free to do just that in a shrub garden. Shrub roses can even be included if your site permits. As with any planting, first consider the type of soil, drainage, and

amount of sun or shade. Then consider the ultimate size and spacing of the plants and choose those varieties that are well behaved and shapely. While most shrubs can be kept to a reasonable size and shape with regular pruning, you don’t want to create more work than necessary. Borders of evergreens only can make a lovely tapestry of blues, yellows, and greens with assorted sizes, shapes, and textures. An evergreen border would look the same all year, but perhaps that’s what you want. I’m not suggesting you should get rid of all your perennials; as anybody who has visited my garden knows, I still grow a lot of flowers, and I’m not ready to give them up. However, I am trying to reduce maintenance and often replace an unsatisfactory , or dead, perennial with a shrub. I want to keep this garden going as long as I can, and I have to be realistic about the amount of work I can do and the help available. One of my favorite garden writers, Sydney Eddison, has a new book called Gardening for a Lifetime – How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older. She is a few years older than I, and after becoming a widow and having hip replacement, she had to make some hard choices if she was to stay in her home and garden. She was forced to find a simpler way to garden, so she decided to replace a few perennials with shrubs and was amazed how much work that saved. It also provided structure and year-round interest instead of

the short bloom season of most perennials. Advancing age is not the only reason to consider switching to shrubs. Young people have many demands on their time, with jobs and family responsibilities. Whatever your age, gardening skill, or stamina level, a garden of shrubs can add pleasure and subtract maintenance, always a good combination.

ABOVE: A hydrangea border with variegated and yellow foliage, and blue, pink, and white flowers.

Hydrangea Hill in Full Bloom 2011

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he rutabaga is a root vegetable that looks very much like a turnip with yellow-orange flesh and ridges at its neck. Although this beta carotene-rich vegetable has been grown and marketed in our country for nearly 200 years, it remains an uncommon food in American dining. It’s actually a great tasting vegetable with a delicate sweetness and flavor that hints of the light freshness of cabbage and turnip. With its easy preparation and versatility, great nutrition, and excellent flavor, the rutabaga can easily become an endearing family favorite. Because rutabagas store so well, up to one month in the refrigerator and up to four months in commercial storage at 32 degrees, they are available year round. Planted in May and June, they’re harvested in late summer and early fall when their flavor is at its peak. Ideally, it’s best to shop for fresh rutabagas at farmer’s markets in early autumn.

or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. 4. Place pork on a rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle pork with sage, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Arrange vegetables around pork; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 5.  Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). Remove pork and vegetables from pan; cover loosely with foil. Remove rack. Place pan over medium heat; stir in broth, wine or juice, and mustard, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thicker sauce add a little cornstarch.  Serve with pork and vegetables. —Marion Morse, Allyn’s Creek Garden Club

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Serves 6-8 2 fennel bulbs (about 1 1/2 pounds) 2 small onions 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided 4 cups (1-inch) cubed and peeled rutabaga 16 baby carrots with tops* (about 3/4 pound) 1 (2 1/4-pound) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed Cooking spray 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup dry white wine or apple juice 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard *small bagged carrots will work too. 1. Preheat oven to 400°. 2.  Trim stalks from fennel; discard. Cut each fennel bulb into 8 wedges. Peel onions, leaving root intact; cut each onion into 8 wedges. 3.  Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fennel and onion and sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from pan. Add remaining oil, rutabaga, and carrots to pan, sauté 5 minutes

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Calendar BUFFALO REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Inc. Judy Tucholski Zon, District Director: 716/836-2573; African Violet and Gesneriad Society of WNY meets the third Tuesday of each month, September - June, at 7:30 pm, LVAC Building, 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. 716/652-8658;; chapters/wny. Buffalo Area Daylily Society. East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street.; Garden Club of the Tonawandas meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm, Tonawanda City Hall, Community Room. Garden Friends of Clarence meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, September – June, Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main Street, Clarence. Hamburg Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at noon, summer garden tours, 3921 Monroe Avenue, Hamburg. 716/648-0275. Niagara Frontier Orchid Society (NFOS) meets the first Tuesday following the first Sunday (dates sometimes vary due to holidays, etc.), September – June, Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Niagara Frontier Pond & Koi Club meets the second Friday of each month at 7 pm, Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda. Orchard Park Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 12 pm, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo Street, Orchard Park. Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 2 pm, First Baptist Church, 32 Main Street, Silver Creek. Occasional meetings at members’ homes, contact for details: Sue Duecker, 716/934-7608; Western New York Carnivorous Plant (CP) Club is newly forming to be an organization for amateur and professional CP gardeners. The group will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. First meeting August 2, location TBD in Tonawanda/Buffalo area.; Western New York Herb Study Group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Western New York Honey Producers, Inc. First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora. Western New York Hosta Society, contact for meeting dates and location. 716/941-6167;; 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: 716/6339503; 22 | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011

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. Wilson Garden Club generally meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the community room of the Wilson Free Library, 265 Young Street, Wilson. Meetings open to all, community floral planting, spring plant sale, local garden tours. 716/751-6334; wilsongardenclub@ Youngstown Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown.

Frequent hosts BECBG: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218. 716/827-1584; buffalogardens. com. MENNE: Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228. 716/693-4444; REIN: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. 716/6835959;

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. 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. September 3 – October 10: Cacti and Other Treasures. Eileen Graetz photography exhibit. BECBG September 10: Fall Garden Fair, 9:30 am – 4 pm. Speakers, food, plant auction, vendors featuring garden themed items, jewelry, art. Talks: Sally Cunningham, Your Garden and Landscape: To Do and Not to Do in September; Carol Ann Harlos, Bulbs for Spring Bloom; demos by floral designers on dried and fresh flower arrangements and autumn wreaths. Free. Talks $10 each; 4/$35. Registration required for talks: Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. 716/649-4684; September 10: A Perfect Lawn, 10 am. Jack Bryant of Preferred Seed will discuss how to restore a problem lawn or begin a new one from scratch. Learn maintenance tips, how to beat moles, mice and grubs and to prepare your lawn for winter. Free. Registration required. MENNE September 10: Open House. Gardening classes, refreshments, sales. Free. Registration required for classes. Johnson’s Nursery, 11753 East Main Street, East Aurora. 716/652-8969.

September 10 – October 2: Succulent Show, 10 am – 5 pm. BECBG September 15 – 18: Barn and Garden Sale, 10 am – 5 pm. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; September 17: What Makes a Cottage Garden?, 9:30 – 11 am. Join Sara Baker Michalak as she discusses the design fundamentals of cottage gardening, how to plan your own cottage garden, which plants to use in which conditions, and more. Observe the principles in action on a walk through the Little House garden. Registration required. Lana’s The Little House, Forestville. 716/965-2798; September 17: Pressed Flower Creations, 10 am. Fran Petersen will share ideas for making gifts, stationery, cards, bookmarks and more using pressed flowers plus tips on which flowers to use and how to achieve the best results. Option to stay after class to make your own pressed flower creation. Donation to Cystic Fibrosis requested. Registration required. MENNE September 17: Preserving Fruits & Veggies for Pleasure, 1 pm. Joyce Gallagher will share how to preserve produce and discuss sterilization techniques, recipes and procedures. Free. Registration required. MENNE • September 17 – 18: Fall & Fairy Fun Festival, 12 – 4 pm. Children can make wearable fairy art, a fairy house and fall crafts. Face painting, maze, refreshments. $7 activity fee per child. MENNE September 20: Garden Stepping Stones, 5:30 – 7 pm. Create two 7”x 7” stepping stones. Bring baubles, stones, shells, etc. to decorate your stones plus plastic to transport finished pieces home. $11 members; $14 non-members. BECBG • September 24: Fall Festival, 9 am – 5 pm. Straw maze, farm animals, bounce house, crafts and more. Zittel’s Country Market, 4415 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. 716/649-3010. • September 24: Mushrooms and Fungi: A Kingdom of their Own, 10 am. Explore the forest floor on a guided fungus foray. Adults and children age 8 and up. Free. Registration required. REIN September 24: 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 24: Bonsai: Timely Tips, 2 pm. Peter Martin will cover the basics of Bonsai care including pruning, repotting, shaping, watering and fertilizing. Free. Registration required. MENNE September 24: Gala at the Gardens – A Celebration of Herbs, 7 – 10 pm. Enjoy the flavors and essence of herbs throughout the evening. Presented in conjunction with the Western New York Herb Society. $100. Proceeds benefit The Gardens. BECBG September 25: Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Fun garden-related activities. Ages 3 – 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities vary. Free with admission. BECBG September 29: Alien Investigation Hike, 7 pm. Join a guided nature walk focused on non-native species that are invading regional forests and ponds. Free. Registration required. REIN

September 30 – October 1: Fall Plant Sale, 3 – 7 pm Friday; 9 am – 5 pm Saturday. Perennials for fall and winter interest, flowering shrubs, tropical house plants and more. BECBG October 1: Success with Spring Bulbs, 10 am. Ben Langeveld of Netherland Bulb Company will discuss how to select, plant and care for spring blooming bulbs. He will introduce some lesserknown bulbs such as snowdrops, scilla, fritillaria and allium. Free. Registration required. MENNE

October 15: Gardening On a Dime with Less Time, 2 pm. Lyn Chimera will share tips for saving time and money in the garden. Hosted by Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club. Free. First Baptist Church, 32 Main Street, Silver Creek. 716/9347608; October 15 – 16: Orchid Show, 10 am – 4 pm. Displays, demonstrations and vendors. Presented by Niagara Frontier Orchid Society. Admission to the Gardens includes Orchid Show. BECBG

• October 1 – 22: Kids’ Art Classes, three Saturdays, 9 – 10:30 am. Supplies included. $30 series; $11 session. BECBG

October 18: Alien Investigation Hike, 6:30 pm. See description under September 29. Free. Registration required. REIN

October 1 – January 21: Horticulture Certificate Program. Six sessions will cover: Basic Botany and Plant Environment, Propagation, Pest Management and Disease, Annuals and Perennials, Garden Design. $100 members; $125 non-members. Registration required. BECBG

October 20: Go Organic at Lana’s, 9:30 – 11 am. Sara Baker Michalak will lead a walk as she discusses gardening the natural way, along with the wisdom and practicality of going green. Lana’s garden construction, layout and maintenance illustrate the process. Registration required. Lana’s The Little House, Forestville. 716/965-2798;

October 2: Victorian Tea, 11 am – 1 pm. Light lunch served with a variety of teas. Presentation by horticulturist David Clark. Advance registration required. $20 members; $22 non-members. BECBG October 3 – November 7: Adult Art Classes, four Mondays, 8:45 – 10:15 am. Series: $54 members; $60 non-members. Single session: $15 members; $16 non-members. BECBG October 6: The Unstill Life of Plants, 7 pm. Dr. Roger Hangarter, Professor of Biology, Indiana University, will demonstrate the dynamics of plant life through time-lapse photography. $20 members; $25 non-members; $10 students. BECBG

October 22: Outstanding Orchids, 2 pm. Peter Martin will demonstrate potting and discuss requirements for growing media, light and maintenance. Participants may bring orchid specimens for consultation and advice. Free. Registration required. MENNE October 22 – November 13: Chrysanthemum Show, 10 am – 5 pm. BECBG October 23: Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. See description under September 25. Free with admission. BECBG October 29: Winterize Your Landscape, 10 am. Staff members will share professional methods for pruning, mulching and preparing the landscape for the long winter months. Outdoor demonstration. Rain or shine. Free. Registration required. MENNE

October 8: Winter Preparation: Roses & Perennials, 10 am. Staff members will share information on proper times and ways to transplant, divide, prune, feed & mulch perennials and roses; plus ways to deter critters from eating your perennials. Free. Registration required. MENNE

November 3 – 6: World of Christmas. Displays, decorating ideas, gifts. MENNE

• October 8: Technicolor Leaves, 10:30 am. Explore how leaves change color on a guided walk. Adults and children age 8 and up. Free. Registration required. REIN

November 5: Surviving White-tailed Deer, 1 pm. Learn how to cope with white-tailed deer in your neighborhood and yard. Adults only. Free. Registration required. REIN

October 8: Fall Plant Hike, 2 pm. Explore what plants have to offer in the fall. Free. Registration required. REIN

• November 5 – December 3: Kids’ Art Classes, three Saturdays, 9 – 10:30 am. Supplies included. $30 series; $11 session. BECBG

October 12: Commercial Berry Growers’ Workshop, 9 am – 4:30 pm. All talks given by Cornell University professors: Getting Started with Berry Crops; Berry Varieties; Diseases and Insects; Extending the Season for Raspberries and Blackberries in Cold Climates. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany/ Cattaraugus Counties. $25. Registration required by October 3. Belfast Fire Hall, 11 Merton Avenue, Belfast.

November 12: Fashion Show and Standard Flower Show, 11 am. Festive Fashions and Florals presented by Orchard Park Garden Club. Show, lunch, basket raffles. Proceeds benefit Orchard Park Garden Club’s Scholarship Fund and Community Projects. $25. Advance sale only: 716/662-5619; 716/662-5683. Michael’s Banquet Facility, Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg.

• October 15: Scarecrow Fest, 10 am – 3 pm. Make a life-size scarecrow. All materials provided. $8. Presented by Medina Lions Club. Roberts Farm Market, 11170 Maple Ridge Road, Medina. October 15: Secrets of the Old-Growth Forest, 10:30 am. Take a guided walk among Reinstein Woods’ oldest trees and learn about the historic forest. Free. Registration required. REIN October 15: Creating a Birdscape, 2 pm. Learn how to supply food, shelter and nesting sites for birds using plant material. Lana Bilger will discuss trees and shrubs that offer some of these essential elements. Free. Registration required. MENNE

November 12: Lecture and Book Signing, 2 pm. Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore and others, will present a slide show and speak about herbs and flowers. Her books will be available for purchase. Hosted by Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club. Free. 72 Burgess Street, Silver Creek. 716/9347608; November 12: Nature’s Gathering: An Evening of Art, Wine and Cheese, 5 – 8 pm. Taste fine regional wines, cheese and hors d’oeuvres while viewing nature-themed artwork for sale by WNY artists. Proceeds benefit Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve. Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Registration required. REIN

ITHACA REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (AC/NARGS), usually meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm. acnargs. Windsor NY Garden Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 am, members’ homes or Windsor Community House, 107 Main Street, Windsor. windsorgardengroup.

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

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. 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@; September 7: Plantations Fall Lecture Series, 7:30 pm. The World Condensed; A Global Pursuit and Passion for Plants, Dan Hinkley, plant explorer and author. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca. CP September 8 – October 13: The Joy of Botanical Illustration, six Thursdays, 2 – 5 pm. Learn plant observation, perspective, composition and color mixing. Explore black and white, pen and ink, and go into greater depth with watercolor. $180. Registration required. CP September 10: Perennial Plant Sale, 9 am – 12 pm. Many of the offerings are from unique perennials found in the Plantations’ gardens. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. Plant Production Facility, F. R. Newman Arboretum, 397 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca. CP • September 18: Harvesting History, 1 – 5 pm. Step back in time to experience the lives of children in 19th Century Ithaca. Passages from real diaries bring to life the plant connections they relied on every day. Exhibits, stories, music, food. Free. Rain or shine. Free parking, Cornell’s B-lot, off route 366; shuttle bus to arboretum. CP September 21: Plantations Fall Lecture Series, 7:30 pm. Learning from the Nature of New York: The State and Environmental Policy, David Stradling, Professor of History and author. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca. CP September 26 – November 30: Teaching and Learning in the School Garden: Theory into Practice. Online course will focus on the foundations and teaching strategies of gardenbased learning providing tools and resources that classroom teachers and extension educators need to develop school gardening programs that integrate into school curriculum. Distance Learning Courses, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, Ithaca.


Calendar Interested in stone in the garden? If so, check out this a rare opportunity to learn about dry laid stone from a certified Master Craftsman. Scotland’s Norman Haddow is visiting our area to present an interesting collection of photos and experiences highlighting the course of his career as a “waller.” Haddow, pictured at far left, followed his passion for stone after a successful career as a microbiologist in the food and oil industries. His appointment as the official dyker (as stone wall builders are called in Scotland) of Balmoral Castle in Scotland is a testament to his skill. He loves to share his interest in this ancient craft and will be speaking at Sara’s Garden Center, 389 East Avenue in Brockport on Saturday, October 15th, at 7pm. Haddow also hosts a few blogs showcasing the best of his international network of stone professionals. See:

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ITHACA continued • October 8: Apple Harvest, 11 am – 3:30pm. Petting zoo, pony and wagon rides, story reading, treasure hunt, grass maze and more. Bakers’ Acres, 1104 Auburn Rd. (Route 34), Groton. 607/533-4653; October 19: Plantations Fall Lecture Series, 7:30 pm. Tea’s Flavors: A Celebration of Humans Working with Nature, Michael Harney, master tea blender and author. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca. CP November 2: Plantations Fall Lecture Series, 7:30 pm. Grow the Good Life, Author Michele Owens will give a cultural tour of the backyard vegetable garden, from why most Americans gave up growing food after World War II to why it makes sense for us to grow food in the backyard again today. Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca. CP November 12: Fall Flower Arrangement, 1 – 4 pm. Participants will work with a variety of materials to create their own unique arrangement to take home. Materials included. $36. Registration required. CP

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; Fairport Garden Club meets the 3rd Thursday evening of each month (except August and January). Accepting new members. fairportgc@; 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; Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) meets every month from September through May at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, on the first Monday following the first Sunday of each month (dates sometimes vary due to holidays, etc.). The GROS is an Affiliate of The American Orchid Society (AOS) and of The Orchid Digest Corporation. Genesee Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (GVC NARGS) meets monthly from April through October. Information:; gvnargs.blogspot. com. Newsletter: Genesee Valley Hosta Society meets the second Thursday of January, March, May, September & November at Monroe County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. 585/538-2280; sebuckner@frontiernet. net.

Genesee Valley Pond & Koi Club meets the first Friday of the month at 7 pm, Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester. Gesneriad Society meets the first Wednesday of each month, September – May, at 6:30 pm, St. John’s Home, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester. All are welcome. Bob or Linda Springer: 585/413-0606; Greater Rochester Iris Society meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 pm, Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. Greater Rochester Perennial Society (GRPS) meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm, Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, except in summer when it tours members’ gardens.; Greater Rochester Rose Society holds monthly meetings at the Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester. Public seminars, June rose show, garden adventures. 585/621-8780;; Henrietta Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month (except July and August) at 7 pm, Henrietta Town Hall (lower level, door facing the library). Open to all interested in gardens, flowers, and sharing information about plants. Holley Garden Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, Holley Presbyterian Church. 585/638-6973. Ikebana International Rochester Chapter 53 meets the third Thursday of each month (except December and February) at 10 am, First Baptist Church, Hubbell Hall, 175 Allens Creek Road, Rochester. 585/872-0678; 585/586-0794. Rochester Dahlia Society meets the second Saturday of most months at 1 pm, Trinity Reformed Church, 909 Landing Road North, Rochester, except in the summer, when it tours members’ gardens. Visitors welcome. 585/249-0624; 585/865-2291; Rochester Herb Society meets the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January & February) at 12 pm, Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester. June-August garden tours. New members welcome. Rochester Water Garden Society meets the third Monday of the month, 7:30 pm, at members’ homes. 585/672-5857;; Soil, Toil & Thyme Garden Club. 585/589-1640; Valentown Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of each month; time alternates between noon and 7 pm. Victor. Kathleen Houser, president: 585/301-6107.

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. Ongoing: Stone-Tolan House and Grounds, Fridays & 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;

Frequent hosts BRI: Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor Pittsford Road, Victor, NY. 585/924-2274; CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585/343-3040; counties. CCE/MON: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County, 249 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. 585/461-1000; IBA: International Bonsai Arboretum, 1070 Martin Road, West Henrietta, NY. 585/3342595; LET: Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427; 585/493-3625. RCGC: Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620. 585/473-5130; SG: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585/394-4922; TAS: Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary, 158l Jackson Road, Penfield. 585/4259561; 585/586-6677. thousandacreswamp. WAY: Wayside Garden Center, 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Road (Route 31), Macedon, NY 14502. 585/223-1222 x100;;

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; 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; Ongoing through September 30: Geneseo Farmers’ Market, Thursdays, 4 – 7 pm. Intersection Center and Main Streets, Geneseeo. 585/880-4456. September 3: Tomato Tasting, 12 – 4 pm. Taste some of the Tomato Queen’s favorites. Free. Schreiner Farm, 490 Phillips Road, Webster. 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 4: Fallscaping, the Busiest Time of Year, 2 pm. Join Trish Gannon for tips on planting, dividing, transplanting, mulching, winterizing and designing for fall and winter color. Free. Registration required. WAY


Calendar ROCHESTER continued September 7: Fern Walk, 10 am. Focus will be on horsetails, clubmosses and ferns. 2 hours; 1 mile. Meet: Silver Lake Outlet Bridge, 1 mile north of Perry entrance on Main Park Road. Free. LET 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 nonmembers. 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; 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.” Thirtyfive 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 11: DIY Landscape Design Clinic, 2 pm. Trish Gannon will provide assistance with getting started on your landscape project, including design and budgeting tips for estimating your own and others’ labor. Free. Registration required. WAY 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 13: Arrangements from the Garden, 6 pm. Master Gardeners will show you how to use flowers from the garden to create your own masterpiece to take home. Supplies included. $15. Registration required by September 8. CCE/ GC September 14: Dahlias in All Their Variety, 6 – 7:30 pm. Join Gerald Kloc in his dahlia garden containing over 450 plants of more than 300 different varieties 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 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC September 15: Be Green NY Organic Yards Service Mark Training, 7:30 am – 5 pm. For 26 | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011

arbor, landscape and lawn care professionals; offered by NYS DEC. Topics will include biological monitoring and management of turf & ornamentals in the landscape, cultural practices for a healthy landscape using organic principles, and review of the BeGreen organic yards NY service mark protocol. Lunch included. $100. 585/461-1000; CCE/MON September 15: Stroll in the Garden at Michael Hannen’s Nursery, 6 pm till dusk. 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 • September 17: Master Gardener Harvest Gala, 10 am – 1 pm. Mum sale, soil testing, gardening advice, informational materials, displays, auction, door prizes, kids’ activities, refreshments. CCE/ GC September 17: Invaders of the Lost Swamp, 10 am. Learn about invasive species that threaten to take over the habitat of native plants in our area. Led by Carol Southby, Frank Crombe and Rick Iuli. Free. TAS September 17: Dahlia Show, 1 – 6 pm. Presented by Rochester Dahlia Society. Dahlia arrangements for sale 12 – 6 pm. September 18, 10 am – 12 pm, all show flowers for sale. Free. Perinton Square Mall. 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. September 17 – 18: Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oil, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Learn how to select a subject, develop a composition, and apply a basic oil technique to complete a painting in a short amount of time. Demonstration will cover paint application, color mixing and discussion of atmospheric perspective. Plenty of painting time, individual guidance and group critique. Some experience with oils helpful. Instructor: Jean K. Stephens. $140. Registration required by September 12. Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Linwood, NY 14486. 585/584-3913; September 18: Canning 101, 1 – 3 pm. Learn techniques and tips while putting up some of the harvest from the gardens. $5. Registration requested. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. 585/394-1472;; 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 September 18: Planting for the Birds and Winter Interest, 2 pm. Free. Registration required. WAY September 20 – October 6: Basic Professional Floral Design Certificate, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm. Three-week comprehensive program will guide students through the basic principles and techniques of floral design. Each class will include lecture and hands-on workshop. Styles

discussed will include round, triangular, vase, symmetrical, elongated, corsages, and more. Students will create one or two arrangements to take home at each class. Materials included. $395 members; $495 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC September 24: Thousand Acre Fall Work Day, 9 am. Volunteer to help keep Thousand Acre’s trails in good condition. Bring gloves, boots, rakes, shovels. Refreshments provided. Free. TAS September 24: Mushroom Foray, 10 am – 4 pm. Annual fall gathering of the Rochester Area Mycological Society. Morning foray; afternoon display of mushrooms. Public welcome. Parade Grounds Shelter. Free. LET September 25: Orchids Update with Repotting Workshop, 2 pm. Free. Registration required. WAY September 25: Harvest Dinner Party, 4 – 8 pm. Enjoy the fruits of summer at historic Warner Castle and gardens: magic hour in the garden with wine and hors d’oeuvres, a seasonal dinner, and the hot Louisiana zydeco music of dance band Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne. Registration required by September 20. $50. RCGC September 26: History of the White House Gardens, 9:30 am. Speaker: Dr. William Seale, American historian and author. Hosted by the Rochester Garden Club. $10. Advance purchase required: The Strong Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square Park, Rochester. September 28: Growing Garlic, 6 – 8 pm. Master Gardener Jim Schnellinger will shares his tips for growing garlic in the home garden. Handouts included. $10. Registration required by September 23. CCE/GC September 29: Edible Plant Walk, 10 am. Focus on edible and medicinal plants. 2 hours; 1 mile. Meet: Snake Hill Overlook, Main Park Road, between great bend and Wolf Creek. Free. LET September 29: Bringing the Outdoors In – Designing for All-Season Interest, 6 – 8 pm. Join landscape designer Megan Meyer in her Penfield garden. Topics include adding all-season structure to the garden with woody plants, careful placement of focal points, and use of plants that shine in various seasons. $22 members; $32 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC October 1: Mushroom Walk, 10 am. Walk will highlight autumn fungi. 3 hours; 1 mile. Bring lunch. Meet: Highbridge parking lot. Free. LET October 1: Great Pumpkin Contest Weigh-In, 11 am. Event will showcase the giant and mini pumpkins 4-H’ers have been growing and how much they weigh. J&L Feed and Farm Supply, 28 Maple Avenue, Corfu. CCE/GC October 1: Fallscaping, the Busiest Time of Year, 2 pm. See description under September 4. Free. Registration required. WAY • October 1 – 2: Fall Festival, 10 am – 4 pm. Specials, fall décor, crafts, activities, refreshments, animals, pony rides. BRI October 2: Durand Eastman Arboretum Tour, 2 pm. Conducted by Community Forester Volunteers of Monroe County Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Monroe County Parks. Be prepared to traverse hills and wooded terrain. Free; donations to support the Extension’s Master Gardener Program appreciated. Meet: kiosk, Zoo Road, next to park offices lot. CCE/MON

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Calendar ROCHESTER continued October 6: Art and the Gardener – Fine Paintings as Inspiration for Garden Design, 10 am. An illustrated lecture by garden designer and author Gordon Hayward. Includes lunch. Presented by Allyn’s Creek Garden Club. $50; send check, payable to Allyn’s Creek Garden Club, to Charlotte Herrera, 1195 Gatestone Circle, Webster, 14580 by September 28. 585/4613710; Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester. October 6 – December 8: Botanical Drawing, seven Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Deb VerHulstNorris, a horticulturist with a B.S. in Fine Arts, will teach participants to draw plants and flowers in accurate detail. Drawing skills will be developed by closely observing the structure and textures of the plants and flowers. Class will explore the use of graphite pencils, with colored pencil added to give depth and definition to drawings. No previous experience needed. $86 members; $105 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 7 – December 2: Botanical Drawing. six Fridays, 9 am – 12 pm. See description under October 6. $99 members; $120 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 8: Brush Hour, 10 am. Enjoy autumn’s show of color and add to your knowledge of trees and shrubs. Led by Frank Crombe and Rick Iuli. Free. TAS October 8: Winterizing Your Roses, 10 am – 12 pm. Greater Rochester Rose Society members will provide expert advice and hands-on demonstrations. Meet: by the fountain, Maplewood Rose Garden, corner Lake & Driving Park Avenues. Rain or shine. Free. Sponsored by the City of Rochester; 585/428-6770; October 8: Fall Foliage Appreciation and Winter Prep, 10 am – 1 pm. Join Michael Hannen at his home-based nursery where he will discuss fall/ winter preparation: dividing and moving plants, cutting back, and which plants to leave up for fall and winter interest, bird food, etc. Arrive early or stay after to shop or tour the gardens. $17 members; $22 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 8: DIY Landscape Design Clinic, 2 pm. See description under September 11. Free. Registration required. WAY • October 8 – 9: Fall Festival, 10 am – 4 pm. See description under October 1 – 2. BRI October 9: Durand Eastman Arboretum Tour, 2 pm. See description under October 2. CCE/ MON October 12: Fall Nature Hike, 10 am. Enjoy the seasonal color while hiking through the various habitats of the Swamp. Led by Carol Southby and Janet Miles. Free. TAS October 13 & 15: Leafy Tree Identification, October 13, classroom instruction, 6 – 9 pm; October 15, outdoor session, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Learn how to distinguish the leafy trees of our region using characteristics like leaf shape, arrangement of leaves on the twigs, and the shape and arrangement of buds. Hands-on class with naturalist Carol Southby. $45 members; $55 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 13 – November 12: Tree Identification

Certificate. Useful for both amateur and professional gardeners wishing to identify trees in their own or a client’s garden, and for those who would like to know more about the plants they see on a walk in the woods. Taught by naturalist Carol Southby. See descriptions: October 13: Leafy Tree ID. November 10: Conifer ID. $80 members; $100 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 15: Planting for the Birds and Winter Interest, 2 pm. Free. Registration required. WAY October 15: Stone Walling with Norman Haddow, 7 pm. Scottish Master Craftsman Norman Haddow will present photos and experiences highlighting the course of his career as a “waller.” Free. Sara’s Garden Center, 389 East Avenue, Brockport. 585/637-4745. • October 15 – 16: Fall Festival, 10 am – 4 pm. See description under October 1 – 2. BRI • October 16: Family Fall Hike, 10 am. Find out what the signs of fall are in the Swamp on this hike paced for families. Led by Jean SquireGefell. Free. TAS October 16: Durand Eastman Arboretum Tour, 2 pm. See description under October 2. CCE/ MON October 18 & 22: Fall Pruning and Assessment of Your Woody Plants, October 18, classroom instruction, 6:30 – 8:30 pm; October 22, outdoor session, 9:30 – 11 am. Emily Lidie of The Arbour Barber will discuss what can be accomplished with proper pruning and when and how to prune a variety of common trees and shrubs. Optional: bring samples of woody plants to be identified. $30 members; $40 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 19: Create an Autumn Wreath for the Birds, 7 – 9 pm. Floral designer Alana Miller will guide participants in creating a seasonal and attractive bird-safe wreath to hang outside, decorated with fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, and other treats they’ll love to eat. $24 members; $30 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC October 19 – November 16: Learn to Draw a Landscape Plan, three Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn how to observe, analyze and accurately depict your existing home and yard and the graphic techniques and basic landscape principles to draw a well-designed plan. Instructor Pietro Furgiuele will also discuss details of desirable features: plant varieties, hardscape types, etc. $66 members; $80 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC October 20: Adding Depth and Interest to Your Landscape Design with Trees and Shrubs, 7 – 9 pm. Using garden photos and professional landscape designs, Marcella Klein will illustrate how to use woody plants for maximum impact and beauty: as focal points, for privacy, to create garden rooms and more. $22 members; $32 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 21 – 22: African Violet Convention. Presented by New York State African Violet Society. Judging, awards, sales, show. Free. Holiday Inn, 911 Brooks Avenue, next to Rochester airport. 585/413-0606; blossoms002@ October 22: Ikebana Exhibit, 10 am – 4 pm. Presented by Ikebana International Rochester Chapter 53. Demonstrations showing the styles of three different schools of Ikebana: 11 am, Ichiyo; 1 pm, Hijiri Ikenobo; 3 pm, Ohara. Barnes & Noble, R.I.T., 100 Park Point Drive, Rochester. October 23: Durand Eastman Arboretum Tour, 2 pm. See description under October 2. CCE/ MON October 26: Garden Secrets, 6 – 8 pm. Master Gardener Pam Conklin will lead a photo tour of some little-known garden spaces cared for by Master Gardeners. Discover the secrets to creating and maintaining beautiful plantings for the enjoyment of others, whether in your own backyard or at the corner of Main and Bank. $10. Registration required by October 21. CCE/GC October 26: It’s Time to Plant Garlic!, 7 – 8:30 pm. Garden professional Jarmila Haseler has had several seasons’ experience in commercial organic garlic production and will cover the basics of soil prep, culture, harvest, storage, the pluses and minuses of different varieties, and sources. Includes samples to take home to plant. $15 members; $20 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 27: The Sharpest Tool in the Shed, 6:30 – 8 pm. Professional gardeners Nellie Gardner and Christine Froehlich will share information on cleaning, oiling, and sharpening garden tools plus which ones are most helpful and where to get them. Bring tools to sharpen in class. $22 members; $32 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 27: Halloween Pumpkin Arrangement, 7 – 9 pm. Floral designer Alana Miller will lead participants as they fill a real pumpkin with fresh fall flowers, wheat, and a variety of seasonal adornments. Materials included. Bring floral knife or scissors. $24 members; $30 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC October 29: Master Class with Larry Grossman: Second Impressions – Learning to See, 10 am – 12 pm. Larry Grossman will illustrate how he draws inspiration from nature. Landscape plantings should frame key elements of the yard, Larry will discuss his approach to designing a landscape that enhances the home’s architecture. $20. Preregistration requested. RCGC October 30: Durand Eastman Arboretum Tour, 2 pm. See description under October 2. CCE/ MON November 1: Working with Nature for Foolproof Gardening, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Kimie Romeo of Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care will discuss how to determine the properties of soil and location, and how to use this information to choose the appropriate plants, be it for a vegetable garden, sunny slope, wet area or woodsy border. $22 members; $25 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC November 3: Technology in your Tool Shed, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Mark Pierce, a 25-year computer and design professional, will explore a range of basic and intermediate topics that will provide new ways of using the internet and freely available software. Bring a laptop, optional. $22 members; $25 non-members. RCGC November 5: Intermediate Professional Floral Design Certificate – Bouquets, 9:30 am – 3 pm. Styles covered will include vegetative, landscape, botanical, Biedermeier, and bouquets. Students will take home all arrangements created during class. Prerequisite: completion of RCGC’s Basic Professional Floral Design program or floral shop experience. $150 members; $225 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC UPSTATE GARDENERS’ JOURNAL | 31

Calendar ROCHESTER continued November 5: Proactive Winter Protection for Trees and Shrubs, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Learn how and when to protect your plants effectively from winter winds, freezing temperatures and marauding wildlife in this outdoor demonstration class with RCGC Executive Director Christine Froehlich. $22 members; $32 nonmembers. Preregistration required. RCGC November 9: Advanced Floral Design Workshop – Decorating with Colored Aluminum Wire, 7 – 9 pm. Decorative wire adds affordable flair to designs; use it to embellish vases, glasses, ornaments and candles, anchor flowers in unusual ways, make floral rings, enhance arrangements, and more. Floral Designer Alana Miller will demonstrate numerous ways to use this season’s hottest new material. Participants will create an assortment of items to take home. $30 members; $36 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC November 10 & 12: Conifer Identification, November 10, classroom instruction, 6 – 9 pm; November 12, outdoor session, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Learn to distinguish the main groups of conifers in our area. Hands-on class with naturalist Carol Southby. $45 members; $55 non-members. Preregistration required. RCGC November 12: Holiday Sale, 9 am – 5 pm. Seasonal floral arrangements and wreaths. Demonstrations throughout the day with floral designers Alana Miller and Charlie Lytle. Free. RCGC

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.; 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; 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@ 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 is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes; 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; 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; Williamson Garden Club. On-going community projects; free monthly lectures to educate the community about gardening. Open to all. 315/524-4204.; grow32 | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011

Frequent hosts CCE/ONE: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany. 736/3394 x125; counties.cce. HGCNY: Sponsored by Habitat Gardening Club of CNY.

Classes / Events • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. September 5 – October 28: Art Gallery Exhibit. Natural Selections, watercolor paintings by Bob Ripley. Free. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 315/673-1350; September 8: Stretch, Grow & Save: 4:30 – 7:30 pm. 4:30 pm: half-hour gentle yoga class taught by Vicky Hilleges. Following yoga, join Vicky in the garden for a look at some perennials that are excellent late season food sources for butterflies and birds. Plant sale, light refreshments. Pippi’s Perennials & Blooming Yoga, 12 Sherry Lane, Kirkville. 315/656-0842; pippis. net. September 10: Native Plant Sale, 10 am – 12 pm. Select from a variety of nursery-grown and member-grown plants. 401 Parsons Drive, Syracuse. HGCNY September 10: Art Gallery Reception, 2 – 4 pm. Meet wildlife artist Bob Ripley and view the exhibit Natural Selections. Free. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 315/673-1350; September 14: Proactive Winter Plant Protection, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Learn how and when to protect plants, trees, and shrubs from winter winds, freezing weather and wildlife damage, how 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 September 18: EnvIRONmental Chef, 4 – 6:30 pm. Celebrity chefs compete in a cook-off using locally grown and produced foods. Enjoy a large variety of local foods. Fundraiser to benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center. $100 patron level, includes a chance to be Sous Chef; $75 general admission. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 315/673-1350; September 25: The Ecology of Natural Plant Communities in Upstate New York, 2 pm. Dr. Don Leopold, SUNY-ESF professor and author, will discuss the distribution and abundance of plant species, the basic ecology underlying many of the plant communities in upstate New York, and plant species relative to specific environmental conditions. Dr. Leopold will highlight a number of projects that incorporate these ideas and suggest how home gardeners could apply these principles to their own landscapes. Free. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool. HGCNY October 5: Garden Tools 101, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Learn about basic tools every gardener should have and how to take care of the ones you do have. Participants will learn how to clean, oil, and sharpen tools to get them in shape for next year’s gardening season. Presented by Mike Mahanna, Extension Educator. $5. Registration required. CCE/ONE October 15: Dried Plant Sale. Syracuse Rose Society. Regional Market, 2100 Park Street, Syracuse. crbau@; October 30: An Introduction to and Demonstration of YardMap, 2 pm. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Citizen Science project, YardMap, is a free, social, interactive mapping project that allows gardeners & birders to learn more about enriching their habitat gardens to attract more birds and wildlife, while at the same time contributing to important scientific research on residential ecology. Free. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool. HGCNY

& BEYOND Frequent hosts KING: The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY. 518/585-2821; 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;

Classes / Events • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. September 2: Meet the Oaks, 12 – 1 pm. There is a diversity of oaks in the Albany Pine Bush ranging from stunted shrubs to tall trees. Free. Registration required. PINE September 7: Nature’s Wild Abundance, 1 – 2:30 pm. Join herbalist Nancy Scarzello to 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 10: Seeds – Nature’s Bounty, 11 am – 12 pm. Participate in collecting seeds to be used for habitat restoration in the Pine Bush. One mile hike over rolling terrain. Rain or shine. $3 individual; $5 family. Registration required. PINE September 11: Discover the Pine Bush, 1 – 2 pm. Journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Experts will guide this one mile hike over rolling sand dunes. Wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and bring drinking water. $3 per person; $5 per family. Registration required. PINE 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, salve and lip balm. Includes hands-on demonstration, handouts and products to take home. $25. Registration required. KING September 17: Fall Hosta Forum. Wild Thangs. Featured speakers: Doug Beilstein, Rob Mortko, Len Lehman, Cyndi Fink. Vendors, auction, door prizes. Includes lunch. $50 WNY/WPA members; $60 non-members. Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. October 1: Plant Sale and Harvest Market, 10 am – 2 pm. Pick and dig perennials, fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, and other fall delights. KING Deadline for Calendar Listings for the next issue (November - December) is Friday, October 14, 2011. Please send your submissions to deb@

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Victory garden by Christina Le Beau


’ve gardened for years, but always flowers, never fruits or vegetables. We’ve had token edibles — containers of tomatoes and herbs, squash sprouting from the compost bin — but no proper vegetable patch. Not that I haven’t wanted to plant one. I just... haven’t. With our CSA, several farmers’ markets and lots of u-picking to keep us seasonally sated, it just wasn’t a priority. But, as happens around here, my daughter had other ideas. For her 7th birthday in December, we’d given her Lanie, the tree-hugging, butterfly-loving, camping-happy American Girl doll that Tess had decided was her vinyl doppelganger. Soon after, we read the Lanie books, and before March was over, Tess (and Lanie) had spent hours plotting a tiny stonebordered garden and building a compost pile. Never mind that both were dismantled for other projects. The proverbial seed had been planted. As spring brought rain and mud, Tess scrounged some old pole-bean and lettuce seeds (that we never got around to planting last year) and potted them up. Wouldn’t you know it? The things flourished. 34 | SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011

Next came the books showing bean teepees, which got my husband the engineer involved. Then the farmers’ markets opened. Tess wanted one tomato plant, then another, then more lettuce starts and some pepper and watermelon seedlings. I kept buying herb plants everywhere I went. And, well, a garden was born. We built a lasagna bed, setting newspaper upon newspaper (upon newspaper), soaking each layer as the wind caught corners and sent us chasing escapee sheets. Tess thought the whole thing was hilarious. Then came peat moss (the sustainable kind!), straw and several years’ worth of compost. Compost that had accumulated and cooked and sat for years, some in our bin, but most of it in large plastic trash cans where we’d shoveled each year’s harvest. Compost created from every scrap of kitchen and yard waste we’ve ever had. It’s a powerful thing to see that transformation, and more powerful yet to see it nourish a garden. Rows planted. Walkways smoothed and mulched. Herb containers filled. Tomato cages set. (Why, yes, two of those cages are pink.) Before long, it looked the part. And in the center: the bean teepee built from fallen branches. A second life amid all the new life in this garden. We planted the bed over the long, hot Fourth of July weekend. A late start. But the fact that it got planted at all was a victory. And within weeks the compost had done its thing. Tomato plants strained the cages, lettuces leafed out, herbs tumbled. The scents and textures of food at its essence. And now, in the waning summer, as tomatoes and sweet peppers wait to turn from green to red, as beans begin to show their purple stripes, late seems relative, bounty delayed rather than denied. The watermelon plants are long gone, eaten by some critter while we were on vacation. Some lettuces grew leggy and tart. The garden has grown wild in a Seussian way. But Tess cares only that she can weave through the foliage, pluck a tomato, a bean, and call it her own. Christina Le Beau lives in Rochester. She blogs about raising food-literate kids at A version of this essay originally appeared on Spoonfed.

Sept. - Oct. '11 Upstate Gardeners' Journal  
Sept. - Oct. '11 Upstate Gardeners' Journal  

The September & October issue of the Upstate Gardeners' Journal