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Volume Twenty, Issue Four July-August 2014

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Stump the chump

Hello, all! Summer is here. Time to kick back and enjoy your gardens—and everyone else’s. Be sure to scour our calendar for more garden walks, tours, and events than you can shake a stick at. Then head out for some inspiration. Don’t forget your camera!

New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Designed to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to help stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities encouraging them to take action, NYS Invasive Species Week is July 6 – 12, 2014. We’re doing our part by running an article on Japanese knotweed in this issue. Activities are listed by region: nyis. info/blog. New Forestry Blog

The New York State Urban Forestry Council has a blog called TAKING ROOT, which should be of interest to all who love trees: nysufctakingroot.wordpress.com. Some recent topics include: • Historic “Great Trees” of NYC Cloned and Returned  • Oaks for Alkaline Soils, Scoop-and-Dump, and other Research at the Urban Hort Institute  • Phenology, Urban Forestry, and Nature’s Notebook    The editor is Michelle Sutton, a regular contributor to these pages. Also, you can subscribe to the Council’s monthly e-newsletter; by sending an email to takingrooteditor@gmail.com. PROCESS TO RESTORE MARTIN HOUSE LANDSCAPE UNDERWAY

Name this plant! A native ornamental, it grows to 50 feet tall. It sports handsome foliage and bark, and white flowers in panicles, late May to early June. At Lilac Hill there is a pink-flowered variety, which Ted Collins obtained from Coldwater Pond Nursery (and Ted Hildebrand, no fair guessing). This is an underused gem, great as a lawn specimen. The first reader to guess correctly will win a lilac from Lilac Hill Nursery. Submit answers to jane@janemilliman.com or by calling 585-733-8979. Answer from LASt issue (May-june 2014): The Pepperidge tree, also known as black gum (Nyssa sylvatica).

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Audrey O’Connor Lecture

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Class of 1945 Lecture

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William Hamilton Lecture

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The many passions of digital media artist Michael Tomb by Michelle Sutton images by Studio Michaelino Š 2014 - All rights reserved

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ichael Tomb’s mesmerizing “Skin of the Arboretum” image series began in early 2008, on a tour of Rochester’s Highland Botanical Park Pinetum with horticulturist Kent Milham. Tomb became fascinated by both patterned and abstract expressions of bark on the trees; he now exhibits truly arresting photos and photo collages of them. As with “The Hobbiton of the Bark” (see photo), he frequently employs an element of trompe l’oeil in both the subject matter and the convincing, apparent picture frame. Tomb identifies as a digital media artist, rather than a photographer. He has taken an average of 50 pictures a day over the last 15 years. Many of his images employ HDR (high dynamic range) software that takes multiples of an image and eliminates the “noise” from each one to get a wider range of exposure and maximum 3-D effect. “Many of my finished images are not one photo—each is as many as 12 or 13 frames on top of or extending each other,” he says. “Virtually every image has been manipulated. I don’t believe in the idea that there’s a clean image that’s somehow sacred. All digital cameras are computers, after all, so a program is involved in any digital photography.” He continues, “I’m after the image. I like to use any method available to me—so were many of the most famous film-based photographers. They often used analog tools such as filters on the camera or the enlarger and dodging and burning, even combining multiple images into one. I experimented with all those techniques back in my darkroom days. But the image still begins in my mind’s eye and works its way slowly towards a surface of some sort. There is no happy accident involved here; I know what I want and

when the image finally lines up with my internal expectation, it’s finally done.”

The tour where “Skin” was birthed was organized for the Highland Park Neighborhood Association, an organization with whom Tomb and his wife Marcia, residents of the neighborhood, have been very active since 2006, when a fatal stabbing of a young person 300 feet from their door galvanized them. Tomb says, “Marcia and I had a conversation. It was like, if we’re going to stay here, we need to get more involved. I’m a lifelong committed pacifist so I wasn’t going to suggest we get armed. The one thing I knew we could do was work toward giving the neighborhood a higher profile in arts and culture. I wanted us to make the neighborhood more special, with the hopes that that would help make it ultimately safer.” Using his digital media skills, Tomb had been doing some volunteer work for New Orleans recovery post Katrina and had been heartened by the level of community action he saw there. He decided to invest these skills in earnest in his neighborhood, though he and Marcia still make frequent trips to their beloved New Orleans. He says, “One of the first things we researched together was the urban planning concept called ‘Placemaking’. The residents themselves re-design their common public living spaces to make them more inviting and special. The results are places that the community creates and owns together. The idea is both old and new; in fact I discovered an article written in 1882 in one of Rochester’s most beautiful (if forgotten) horticultural journals, Vick’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine, that described what is now known as

ABOVE: Tombs image of the beloved katsura tree (Cercidphyllum japonicum) in Rochesters Highland Park.

LEFT: Michael Tomb's “Hobbiton of the Bark” employs trompe loeil in both the image and the “frame.”

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TOP: Lamberton Conservatory Desert Room Panorama by Michael Tomb. BOTTOM LEFT: A collage of bark images from Tombs “Skin of the Arboretum” series. BOTTOM RIGHT: Snow on the trunk of a London planetree (Platanus x acerifolia) in Tombs Highland Park neighborhood.

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‘Placemaking’. And when I republished it on our neighborhood’s online ‘Virtual Scrapbook’, links to it were retweeted by national experts who support the movement. This is now something I’m totally committed to as a way to develop cities.”

Tomb’s mother’s family was based mostly in Rochester but at an early age, he experienced a huge cultural upheaval. His Sicilian grandfather, Frank Mully, a mason by training, had moved with his wife and family from Rochester to Bristol in the 1940s to live on a farm and eventually started that rural area’s first Italian restaurant, on Route 64. Tomb grew up on the attached farm, and growing vegetables with his grandfather kicked off a lifelong interest in gardening. After his grandfather Frank had a severe stroke, Tomb’s family literally moved into the restaurant building to help out, and thus commenced many years of Tomb’s immersion in the restaurant trade, of which he has happy memories. Tomb’s mother, Gemma, was only one of two college educated members on either side of the family; she was passionate about music and the arts, and about science. “She could tell you the life history of all the great classical composers, and she could play the most rollicking version

of ‘Sunny Side of the Street’ on the piano,” he says. Gemma passed her love of the arts and sciences on to her children including her son, who in his teenage years developed passions for photography and astronomy. She also took an action that had hugely positive consequences for Tomb and his sister, who needed a more rigorous academic environment. Gemma Tomb approached the Harley School, an esteemed secular private school in Pittsford, with the result being that both children received full scholarships to attend. Tomb started at Harley in 1969 and finished in three years. “I got exposed to this amazing nurturing educational experience I wish so many kids could have,” he says. Among the courses he took was filmmaking, and he even had after-hours access to the school’s refrigeratorsize computer. Tomb used “unshielded radio noise” from the computer to score one of his animated films. He took to computer programming, eventually developing his own personal video games. In 1972 he started attending Franklin and Marshall College, because they had a strong Astrophysics program. He became the photo-editor of the college paper and continued to school himself in computer programming. In his senior year, he had a bit of an identity crisis and dropped out and returned to Rochester where

he’d hoped to work as a photographer, but he spent more of his time evaluating choices in life and the result was a renewed desire to complete his education. Eventually one of Tomb’s best friends at Franklin and Marshall, Paul Marttila, convinced Michael to go back to college and finish his degree. They are still close. Marttila says, “We connected through a shared sense of humor; I’m proud to call him one of my closest friends for 40 years. Michael is a brilliant guy, a renaissance man. In college, we would go camping with our friends and Michael, already at that phase an advanced astronomer, would spend hours describing constellations and planets in a way that was fascinating to us. In recent years, I’ve seen him give multimedia presentations on astronomy that were amazing.” After graduating college, Tomb came back to Rochester and worked for two small computer scientific programming firms while continuing to practice his photography craft. As a requirement for designing one of the world’s first toxicity prediction systems, he expanded his training in computer graphics because of the need to represent and input molecular structures on the computer screen. In 1992, he started his own consulting business, helping clients with their statistical, health science, and engineering computational and programming needs. “When I went out on my own, I felt as if I had just jumped from the end of a gangplank and before landing in the water, I had to learn how to swim,” he says. The first year was lean—they ate mass quantities of zucchini and Swiss chard from their garden that summer—but he’s now very much sought after for his skills in solving problems related to new technologies, including writing software.

Tomb’s one of those lucky people who is passionate about his work. He is also passionate about the horticultural history of Rochester and has launched a series called The City of Flowers Collection that he exhibited for the Highland Park Neighborhood Association. “I found that there was this amazing series of printing companies employing hundreds of immigrant artists that did all this folk-ish, beautiful commercial botanical art, often unsigned. This was a flourishing industry here, one that handled the visual aspects of Rochester’s nursery and seed industries. Rochester invented a new kind of commercial art called ‘plates for the nurseryman’—a nursery rep would come to the lithographer and say, I need prints of these 200 varieties, and a book of lithographs would be put together. These compilations were like the precursors of seed catalogs.” Tomb has been collecting, mostly from eBay, prints of this botanical art, along with trade cards and early seed catalogs, all printed and designed in Rochester. He scans or photographs the images, digitally restores them, and reproduces them at a bigger scale, which enhances the folk art

and even pop art aspects of the images. “This isn’t something I seek to make money from,” he says. “I wanted to pay homage to these largely unknown, incredible folk artists.” Tomb is also known for his work photographing Highland Park’s Lamberton Conservatory’s interior and exterior, including on those nights during the holiday seasons when the building is open one evening a week and festooned with lights. He hopes to publish a collection of these Conservatory photos. The Skin of the Arboretum continues to be the series that gets the most attention. Friend and former colleague Pat Mann purchased prints of two of Michael’s fine art. She says, “I was so enamored and transfixed to the spot with two of his pieces from the Skin of the Arboretum at his opening that I just had to have them: ‘The Hobbiton of the Bark’ and ‘The Nude of the Bark.’” She says, “‘Hobbiton’ just jumps out at you ... Michael captured an artifact of nature in such a way as to evoke a magical essence. And ‘Nude’ reminds me of Jean Arp’s ‘Sculpture Classique’ (1960), capturing the female form in very sleek simple lines, but Michael’s art and technique is even more brilliant in extracting and showcasing it from nature. His addition of color gives the feeling of a cloaked figure, uncovered, revealing the female form. I just love it. I’m glad to see Michael is pursuing his fine art; his energy is boundless, and his passion is contagious!”   Tomb adds, “It took decades for these images to make it to my eye. I grew up in the rural Bristol Hills and many old trees, abandoned orchards, and pockets of isolated forests were like remote friends that I and my dogs visited alone. And yet it wasn’t until 30 years after I finally left Bristol that I really started seeing the surfaces of trees as beautiful abstractions. Now I can’t stop. To me the Arboretum within Highland Park is not just a collection of special trees and shrubs but these are open air rooms in a living museum of art.”

INSET: “Nude of the Bark” by Michael Tomb.

Michelle Sutton is a horticulturist, writer, and editor based in New Paltz, New York (michellejudysutton.com).

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Ornamentals: It’s finally OK to remove narcissus foliage that seems to hang on forever – but removing it prematurely really does have a negative effect on flowering. This is also a good time to move the bulbs, or you can dig them up and dry them off, for planting in September. Early July is a good time to move Colchicums. The dormant foliage should still allow you to find them. Try growing plumbago, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, as a fallflowering groundcover with the Colchicum. The foliage will help support the Colchicum flowers and keep them out of the mud. Leggy annuals may need to be pruned back to encourage new growth and more flowering. Some annuals don’t take hot weather and may need to be replaced. Watch your viburnums for viburnum leaf beetle adults, especially if the larvae defoliated them. Consider a pesticide treatment to save the shrubs. Do NOT cut back branches just because the leaves have been eaten or damaged. Scratch the bark with your fingernail. If it’s green underneath, the branch is alive. Dormant buds under the bark just need time to develop into sprouts and leaves. If the leaf defoliation isn’t too bad, an organic control method is to snip off the twigs that contain the VLB eggs. Although the egg-laying sites are most obvious in the fall, one actually has until April to trim the affected twigs. See the VLB factsheet for details. Deadhead some perennials, either for continued bloom, or for improved foliage. For more details, consult the excellent book by Tracy DiSabato-Aust: “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden.” Bearded irises can be divided and replanted now. It’s best

to get this done by Labor Day, to allow sufficient time for rerooting. If you want to order more, do so right away. Lateplanted bearded irises may heave out of the ground and die in the winter, but if they have enough time to root, they are very winter-hardy. A tip from the Southern Tier Iris Society: put a brick on late-planted rhizomes to prevent heaving. Spring-planted woodies need to be watered every week unless there is an inch of rain. Ten to 15 gallons per plant is recommended. If you haven’t protected them from deer yet, start planning how to do it. AUGUST In the food garden: The easiest way to expand the veggie garden is to sheet compost now with flattened cardboard boxes. Overlap the edges and then cover them up with whatever you have – grass clippings, woodchips, spoiled hay, or bags of leaves. By spring, most of the weeds will be dead. This is also a good way to prepare the ground for shrub borders, berry plantings, or flowerbeds. You can also use thick newspapers, but they take longer to apply. Harvest garlic when the leaves are yellowing. Next you can weed the area and plant a late crop (see above). It’s best to rotate where you grow garlic, so pick a new spot with lots of sun and good drainage. Maybe, sheet compost the new spot now (see above), until planting time in mid-October. Keep harvesting beans, basil, okra, cukes, summer squash, eggplant, etc., in order for plants to keep producing. It’s OK to leave some peppers on the plant to ripen and turn color. Ornamentals: Nursery stock goes on sale and may be a bargain if it has been well cared for. Be sure to water weekly after planting if rain is insufficient. Keep the watering up until the ground freezes, unless rain is adequate. Order bulbs now for fall planting, to get the best selection of varieties. Lots of spring-blooming bulbs are deer-resistant. Avoid tulips and crocus, and enjoy carefree alliums, winter aconite, snowdrops, snowflake, Siberian squill, glory-of-thesnow, Puschkinia, Fritillaria, and Anemone blanda. Grape hyacinths send up fall foliage, but even when it’s browsed, it doesn’t seem to affect their vigor. Repot your houseplants to get them established before they need to be brought back inside. Keep the lawn mowed at a 3-inch height for the strongest root development and drought resistance. But if a drought drags on, allow the lawn to go dormant. It will revive on its own when rains resume. This is the time to start protecting tree trunks from ‘buck rub’ damage. —Pat Curran and the Tompkins County Master Gardeners Note: The almanac was edited for space in this issue. For the full text, visit upstategardenersjournal.com/almanac-what-to-do-inthe-garden-in-july-august-2014/

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y husband, John, has an enemy – a persistent, aggressive one, taller than he is – up to 10 feet or more. After battling this foe on our church grounds for an entire summer, he believes he may be conquering it, albeit slowly. That enemy is Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum, or Reynoutria japonica) also known as fleece flower, crimson beauty, Mexican bamboo, or reynoutria. Those who know it most intimately call it “killer bamboo.” Japanese knotweed was introduced from East Asia to the United Kingdom as an ornamental plant in the early 1800s, and from there to the United States in the late 1800s. Despite its “bamboo” characterization, it’s actually a member of the buckwheat family. This upright, shrub-like perennial has smooth stems, swollen at joints where the leaf meets the stem. Its large leaves are somewhat heartshaped. Its sprays of tiny greenish-white flowers in summer are followed by small winged fruit containing lots of tiny seeds. Japanese knotweed has invaded disturbed areas of the eastern U.S., some Midwest and western states, and even Alaska. It tolerates a wide variety of conditions, including full shade, high temperatures, and high salinity. Although it tolerates drought, it’s often found near water sources. It spreads primarily by rhizomes, but it can also spread by water- or wind-borne seeds. It can even sprout from discarded cuttings. It spreads quickly and crowds out native vegetation, even more aggressively than most invasives. It’s extremely persistent. And it’s tough, having been known to push up through pavement or disrupt house foundations. It greatly alters native ecosystems. Knowing what a nasty plant this is, imagine our horror when we saw it featured in a garden tour a few years ago! A professional landscaper had actually installed this monster – and some garden center had actually sold it! Any of the native alternatives listed in the sidebar would have been at least as beautiful in that landscape. The USDA’s National Invasive Species Information Center offers an online video at invasivespeciesinfo.gov/ plants/knotweed.shtml. (Oddly, the video features Gabriel Fauré’s lovely Pavane as background music; Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice would have been more appropriate.) 18 | JULY-AUGUST 2014

Eradicating knotweed

There are many ways to attempt to eradicate knotweed. A brief overview of some methods is described below, but if you’re preparing for battle this year, it would be wise to further explore the details as you plan your attack. You probably will need to use more than one of these methods and definitely over a long period of time. As one commentator put it, “Prepare to make its eradication your new hobby.” And remember, cuttings can regenerate, potentially spreading the problem beyond your yard, so regardless of the methods you use, thoroughly dry or burn any stalks or rhizomes prior to disposal. Smothering is one approach. Cut down all the old canes, and cover the patch with a large, sturdy tarp or overlapping tarps. This method has the virtue of being organic and also offering the possibility of gardening in raised beds right on top of the tarps. You might as well garden on top of them. Research suggests that rather than dying, knotweed has the capability of going dormant for up to 20 years or possibly longer. Another method is to apply glyphosate as a foliar spray in late summer or early fall – or even repeatedly throughout the growing season to slow it down. A third method is to dig out the rhizomes, attempting to get every bit, since it can resprout from even the smallest piece left in the ground. Of course, it’s not likely you’ll get every bit since the rhizomes of an established stand can spread 12-15 feet and 6-9 feet deep. Some advise against this method since—besides being a lot of work—it spreads

the rhizome fragments and disturbs the soil, making it OPPOSITE: John Allen easier for new knotweed to get established. marveling at the luxuriA local nature center appears to have had some sucous growth of a large cess with another method. They immediately cut down any patch of knotweed emerging sprouts throughout the entire growing season, along a road near our home in Syracuse, NY. with the goal of starving it to death. Each time we pass this Inspired, my husband faithfully traveled to church with knotweed stand, we his scythe each week last summer. He scouted for each remark on its continunew sprout popping up and chopped off its little head. As ing growth and, so far, doubts crept in toward the end of summer, he escalated the unchallenged spread battle, carefully applying glyphosate on the cut stems. along more and more He has engaged his enemy on the church ground of the roadside. battlefield again this year, (somewhat) confident of eventual victory. And he has changed his method. Instead of cutting down emerging shoots, he’s pulling them out. He claims the knotweed is much less vigorous this year than last and predicts that after this year, he’ll need only to monitor Native alternatives: the area occasionally. In fact, he’s New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) already making plans to use this Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) reclaimed area for native plants. Sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) Who will win – my husband Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum) or the killer bamboo? Wifely Sweet Joe-Pye-Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) loyalty demands that I bet on Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra) my husband, but more objective Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) onlookers may have doubts. Poor guy. I’d better have a nice cup of Maleberry (Lyonia ligustrina) tea waiting at home for him.


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Frequent hosts BECBG: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218. 716/827-1584; buffalogardens.com. BMAC: Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY 14113. 585/457-3228; 800/377-1520; buffaloaudubon.org. MENNE: Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228. 716/693-4444; mennenursery. com. NGF: National Garden Festival, celebration of the Greater Buffalo area’s garden walks, talks, tours and events. nationalgardenfestival.com. Look for pink listings. REIN: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. 716/683-5959; dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html.

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours. • Ongoing: After-School Escape, Thursdays, 4:30 pm. Kids enjoy a one-hour program featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week. Grades K-5. Registration not required. Free. REIN • Ongoing: Family Walk at Beaver Meadow, Sundays, 2 pm. Naturalist-led guided walk. Donations. BMAC • Ongoing: Monarch Madness, daily, 10 am – 5 pm. Butterfly and pollinator activities, walk through a butterfly enclosure. BECBG Ongoing: Fairy Garden Workshop, by appointment only. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; chickencooporiginals.com. Ongoing: Open Garden Tour, by appointment only. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; chickencooporiginals.com.

Ongoing through July 27: Celebration of Coleus & Color, daily, 10 am – 5 pm. BECBG T- July 3 – 31: Open Gardens, Thursdays & Fridays. National Garden Festival, 90 private gardens throughout the Buffalo Niagara region will be open to the public. Self-guided. Free. nationalgardenfestival.com. • Ongoing July 7 – August 15: Junior Botanist Camp, weekly, Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 4 pm. A different theme each week. Ages 5-12. Weekly: $95 members; $105 non-members. Per day: $19 members; $21 non-members. Pre-registration required by the Wednesday before each camp week. BECBG July 12: Saturday Tree Tour, 9 – 10:30 am. Led by Kristy Blakely, Director of Education. Park & meet: South Park Ring Road, look for Tree Tour sign. $5. BECBG July 12: Allenberg Bog Walk, 9 am – 2 pm. Enjoy a casual hike in search of summertime flora and other interesting facets of this unique environment. Meet: Walmart parking lot, Tim Horton’s end, Springville. Donations. Registration required. BMAC July 12: Dos and Don’ts for Hydreangeas, 10 am. Learn about colors and types, proper ph, light requirements and pruning. Registration required. MENNE T- July 12: Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. Free. Maps: UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place (off of Englewood Avenue, south of Kenmore Avenue). NGF T- July 12: Town of Amherst Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. Free. Maps: Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Amherst. NGF • July 12: Summer Wildflowers, 10:30 am. Search for seasonal wildflowers and learn their uses and folklore. For adults and kids age 8 and older. Registration required. REIN July 12: Volunteer Open House, 1 – 3 pm. Learn about volunteer opportunities with Buffalo Audubon and participate in outdoor work around the preserve. BMAC T- July 12 – 13: Hamburg Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. Garden vendors in the park. Maps: Memorial Park Band Stand, corner Lake & Union Streets. Rain or shine. Free. hamburggardenwalk. com. NGF T- July 12 – 13: Lockport in Bloom, 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring over 40 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. Self-guided. Free. Vendors & maps: Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. NGF T- July 13: Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. $3 donation appreciated. Maps: Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Avenue, Amherst. NGF T- July 13: Evening Garden Walk, 6:30 – 9 pm. In conjunction with Lockport in Bloom (above). Participants specially designated on map/brochure. Self-guided. Free. Maps: Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. NGF T- July 18 – 19: Ken-Ton Garden Tour – Night Lights, 8:30 – 11 pm. See the gardens at night. Self-guided. Free. Maps: Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda. kentongardentour.com. NGF T- July 18 – 20: Lancaster Garden Walk, Friday, 8:45 – 11 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Selfguided. Free. Maps: Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street & Petals to Please, 63 Central Avenue at Pleasant, Lancaster. NGF T- July 19: Williamsville Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. Free. Maps: Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, Williamsville. NGF T- July 19 – 20: Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Family-friendly neighborhoods bordering four miles

of the Niagara River. Self-guided. Free. Maps: Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda. kentongardentour.com. NGF T- July 19 – 20: West Seneca Garden & Home Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Maps: The Charles Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. NGF T- July 20: South Buffalo Alive, 9 am – 3 pm. Maps: Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Self-guided. $2. southbuffaloalive. com. NGF July 25: Flower Fields – Nellie’s Picks, 6 – 8 pm. Explore the Martin House gardens and learn which cut flowers may have been used in bouquets. Get design tips from horticulturalist Nellie Gardener and put together your own arrangement to take home. $35 members; $40 non-members. Registration required. Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. 716/856-3858; education@darwinmartinhouse.org; darwinmartinhouse.org. July 26: Saturday Tree Tour, 9 – 10:30 am. See description under July 12. $5. BECBG July 26: Native Plants in the Suburban Garden, 1 – 2 pm. Kathleen Contrino will discuss the use of native plants in the city or suburban garden in order to support pollinators and birds during migration and/or otherwise existing populations. Donations. BMAC T- July 26 – 27: Garden Walk Buffalo, 10 am – 4 pm. Over 380 gardens. Self-guided. Free. Maps: Richmond Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer Street; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway; Evergreen Health Services, 206 South Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. gardenwalkbuffalo.com. NGF • July 28 – August 1: Horticulture Camp. Basic gardening and plant fun. Ages 10-16. Weekly: $95 members; $105 non-members. Per day: $19 members; $21 non-members. Pre-registration required by Wednesday before camp week. BECBG August 2: Hike at Ayer-Stevenson Audubon Preserve, 10 am – 12 pm. Guided walk through the preserve in search of ferns, fungi and wildflowers. Led by Director Loren Smith. Entrance on Dennis Road, 1 mile south of Sturgeon Point Road, Evans. Donations. BMAC T- August 2: Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. Rain or shine. brrtourofgardens.com. NGF T- August 2: Starry Night Garden Tour, 8 – 10 pm. Self-guided. Rain or shine. In conjunction with Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens (above). brrtourofgardens.com. NGF

September 6: Walk at Knox Farm State Park – Ferns of Knox, 9 am. Donations. BMAC September 6: Landscape Bus Tour, 9 am – 4:30 pm. Travel by air-conditioned bus for a guided tour of landscapes including plantings, patios and water gardens. At the end of the tour, relax and enjoy refreshments in the garden at the home of hosts Gary and Kathy Sokolowski. Lunch included. $48. Advance registration required. MENNE • September 6: Homestead Festival, 10 am – 5 pm. Live music, period interpreters, vendors, food. $7 adults; $5 ages 12 & under; free ages 3 & under. BMAC September 6: Orchids 101: the Basics, 2 pm. Peter Martin will demonstrate potting and pruning while discussing requirements for growing media, light and maintenance. Participants may bring an orchid for consultation and advice after class. Registration required. MENNE September 6 – October 5: Succulent Show, 10 am – 5 pm. BECBG September 13: Saturday Tree Tour, 9 – 10:30 am. See description under July 12. $5. BECBG September 13: Bonsai Basic Care & Timely Tips, 2 pm. Bonsai technician Peter Martin will cover preparing for winter as well as basic care including watering and fertilizing. Registration required. MENNE

Save the date… September 20: Fall Hosta Forum. Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues. Four speakers on the theme of blue hostas and blue plants. Auction, vendors & lunch. Edinboro, PA. wnyhosta.com. September 26: Gala at the Gardens, 6 pm. Cocktails, dinner, garden tours, silent & live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Gardens. Reservations required. BECBG


August 9: Saturday Tree Tour, 9 – 10:30 am. See description under July 12. $5. BECBG

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• August 9: Fairy Houses, 10 am. Use natural materials to build a house to attract butterflies. Ages 5-10. Amherst State Park, Williamsville. Registration required. REIN

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August 16: Plants of the Woods, 2 pm. Learn about native and non-native plants that grow in Reinstein Woods and backyards. Registration required. REIN • August 18 – 22: Horticulture Camp. Basic gardening and plant fun. Ages 10-16. Weekly: $95 members; $105 non-members. Per day: $19 members; $21 nonmembers. Pre-registration required by Wednesday before camp week. BECBG August 23: Saturday Tree Tour, 9 – 10:30 am. See description under July 12. $5. BECBG S- August 23: Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale, 9 am – 3 pm. Presented by Buffalo Area Daylily Society, WNY Hosta Society & WNY Iris Society. Hundreds of named hosta, daylilies & iris, many colors, sizes, types. Members from participating societies will be available to answer questions. Cash or check only. Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Garden, Administration Building, 2655 S. Park Avenue, Buffalo. buffaloareadaylilysociety.com.

Frequent hosts CCE/TOM: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850. 607/272-2292; tompkins@cornell.edu; ccetompkins.org. CP: Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire ahead for meeting locations. 607/255-2400; cornellplantations.org.

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours.

Ongoing through September 28: Botanical Garden Highlights Tour, Saturdays, 10 am; Sundays, 2 pm. Tour content will vary from week to week, depending on the plants, season, interests of the group and whim of the docent. Free members, volunteers & Cornell students; $5 non-members. CP July 12: The Art of Nature – A Feast of Flowers, 10 am – 3 pm. Camille Doucet will guide participants as they paint a bouquet of specimens collected from the botanical garden. $60 members, volunteers & Cornell students; $70 non-members. Registration required. CP July 13: Garden to Table Series – Local Flavors, Local Brews, 1 – 4 pm. Take a walk through the gardens to look at herbs and other plants used to flavor both food and beer. Indoor classroom demonstration and tasting. Participants must be 21 or older. $45 members, volunteers & Cornell students; $50 nonmembers. Registration required. CP July 15: Seed Saving Techniques – Hand Pollination and Isolation, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Gain hands-on experience in learning to select the best plants for seed production, rogueing out off-types, hand-pollinate summer squash to maintain varietal purity and isolating squash to prevent cross-pollination. $5-$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM July 26: Compost with Confidence – Troubleshooting Your Bin, 11 am – 12 pm. Local composting experts will cover what could go wrong and how to prevent / remedy the situation. Compost Demonstration Site, Ithaca Community Gardens, off 3rd Street at entrance to Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Free. 607/272-2292; ymf5@cornell.edu. CCE/TOM July 30: Climate Change and Gardening in NYS, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This workshop will discuss ways for gardeners to adapt to the changing climate by selecting different plants or different varieties and by devising means to control, store and deliver water. $5-$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM August 10: Garden to Table Series – Garden Fresh Entrees, 1 – 4 pm. After a guided walk through the gardens to view and harvest selected herbs and vegetables, the group will return to the classroom for a cooking demonstration by guest chefs Anthony Jordan and Eric Szymczak using ingredients found in the gardens. $45 members, volunteers & Cornell students; $50 non-members. Registration required. CP August 12: Fall Gardening – Late Vegetables and Cover Crops, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn which crops are suitable for planting in the fall and when to plant them: greens and garlic for eating and cover crops, which add fertility and improve soil texture. $5-$10, sliding scale. Registration required. CCE/TOM August 16: The Art of Nature – The Arboretum En Plein Air, 10 am – 3 pm. Camille Doucet will guide participants as they sketch and paint landscapes en plein air (“in the open air”) from different locations in the F.R. Newman Arboretum. $60 members, volunteers & Cornell students; $70 non-members. Registration required. CP August 30: Compost with Confidence – Is it done? & Compost Uses, 11 am – 12 pm. Local composting experts will discuss how to know when compost is ready to use and suggest ways for using it. Compost Demonstration Site, Ithaca Community Gardens, off 3rd Street at entrance to Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Free. 607/272-2292; ymf5@cornell.edu. CCE/TOM

Save the date… September 21: Judy’s Day: A Fruit-ful Afternoon, 1 – 5 pm. Explore the world of fruits. Donation appreciated. Free parking, shuttle bus at Cornell University, B-lot, off Route 366, Ithaca. Cornell Plantations.

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Tuesday of the month, April through November, at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. July & August meetings in members’ gardens, December meeting at a member’s home. 585/377-0892; 585/621-1115; info@rocrose. org; rocrose.org. Henrietta Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month (except June-August & December) at 6:45 pm, Riparian Lecture Hall at Rivers Run, 50 Fairwood Drive, Rochester. Open to all. 585/889-1547; henriettagardenclub@gmail.com; henriettagardenclub.org. Holley Garden Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, Holley Presbyterian Church. 585/6386973. 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. Kendall Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Kendall Town Hall. 585/659-8289; justadesignabove@hotmail.com. Newark Garden Club meets the first Friday of the month at 1 pm, Park Presbyterian Church, Newark. Guests are welcome.

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: 585/4310509; kadixon@excite.com.

Pittsford Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of the month, 11 am or 7 pm, at the Pittsford Community Library, Fisher Meeting Room, 24 State Street or at the Spiegel Community Center, 35 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford, except in July & August when it visits members’ gardens. BKRU888@aol.com.

Garden Path of Penfield meets the third Wednesday of the month from September through May at 7 pm, Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield. Members enjoy all aspects of gardening; new members welcome. gardenpathofpenfield@ gmail.com.

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; gwebster@ rochester.rr.com; rochesterdahlias.org.

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. geneseeorchid.org.Genesee Valley Hosta Society meets the second Thursday of the month, April – October, at Monroe County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. 585/538-2280; sebuckner@frontiernet.net.

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.

Genesee Valley Pond & Koi Club meets the first Friday of the month at 6:30 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, except in summer when it tours local ponds. bobwheeler58@ gmail.com. 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; blossoms002@yahoo.com. Greater Rochester Iris Society meets Sundays at 2 pm, dates vary, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. Public welcome. July 27: Iris & Daylily Sale, 10 am – 2 pm, see calendar (below). September 14: Mulching Iris, 2 pm. 585/599-3502; bettyschnell@icloud.com. 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. July 3 & August 7: Summer Garden Tour, 6:30 pm. 585/467-1678; smag@rochester.rr.com; rochesterperennial.com. Greater Rochester Rose Society meets the first 24 | JULY-AUGUST 2014

Rochester Permaculture Center, meets monthly to discuss topics such as edible landscapes, gardening, farming, renewable energy, green building, rainwater harvesting, composting, local food, forest gardening, herbalism, green living, etc. Meeting location and details: meetup.com/rochesterpermaculture. Valentown Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of each month; time alternates between noon and 7 pm. Victor. Kathleen Houser, president: 585/301-6107.

Frequent hosts BRI: Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor Pittsford Road, Victor, NY. 585/924-2274; customerservice@bristolsgrdencenter.com; bristolsgardencenter.com & Facebook. 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. SG: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585/394-4922; sonnenberg.org.

CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours. • July 8 – 11: Conservation Camp, 9 am – 5 pm. Designed for high school students age 16 and older who may be contemplating a career or a major in the environmental sciences, as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors. $175. Advance registration required. Ganondagan, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. 585/742-1690; meg@ ganondagan.org; ganondagan.org. July 10: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9 am. Hi Tor, Naples. Bring lunch and folding chair. Meet: Park and Ride, Bushnell’s Basin Exit, Route I-490. 585/385-4725. RBC • July 11: Moonlight Stroll Concert Series, 8 – 10 pm. Tullamore Celtic Band. Enjoy live music and see the gardens aglow with lights. Bring lawnchairs or picnic blanket. Rain or shine. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 youth 6-17; free ages 5 and under. SG July 12: Roses Q&A, 10 am – 12 pm. Master Gardener Audrey Ferris will be available to answer questions. Wayside Garden Center, 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Road (Route 31), Macedon. 585/223-1222 x100; Facebook; waysidegardencenter.com. T- July 12: RCGC Summer Garden Tour – Gardens of Penfield, 10 am – 4 pm. Tour eight gardens, from formal gardens and brick pathways complementing a Williamsburg-style home, to an acre of garden rooms, a 5-acre property, a 1.5-acre garden with bold plantings and mature specimen trees, a suburban yard with a large koi pond and more. Self-guided. Advance: $15 members; $20 non-members. Day of: $20 all. RCGC July 13: Daylily Sale, 8 am – 12 pm. Over 40 varieties to choose from plus perennials. Advice on selection and daylily care available. Visit the nationally recognized daylily display garden with over 250 varieties of daylilies including 30 new varieties. Rain or shine. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster. websterarboretum.org. July 13: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 16: Daylily Garden Open House, 5 – 7 pm. Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. • July 18: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm. Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. See description under July 11. Rain or shine. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 youth 6-17; free ages 5 and under. SG July 19: Outdoor Fairy Garden, 11 am or 1 pm. Create a container garden designed to resemble a miniature world. Includes planter, 3 plants, top dressing and one fairy garden accessory. Additional accessories available for purchase. $30. Registration required. BRI July 20: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Whiting Road Nature Preserve. Meet: trailhead parking lot, 403 Whiting Road, Webster. 585/385-4725. RBC July 20: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 22: Landscaping for Small Spaces, 6:30 – 8 pm. Join Milli Piccione at one of her projects, an East Avenue townhouse, where she will discuss her approach to the design of the gardens with limited space. Gardens include an enclosed courtyard, bor-

ders and a small island garden. $17 members; $22 non-members. Registration required. RCGC July 23: Oh No, Now What: Creative Perennial Garden Maintenance, 2 – 4 pm. Christine Froehlich will guide participants in this hands-on class as she shares professional methods to keep the garden looking fresh including proper staking, deadheading, deadleafing, cutting back to prevent straggliness, promote new growth and rebloom, weeding quickly, and identifying problems like low fertility, water and pests. $22 members; $32 non-members. Registration required. RCGC July 23: Daylily Garden Open House, 5 – 7 pm. Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. July 24: Tour a Historic Garden in Pittsford, 6:30 – 8 pm. A 3-acre site adjacent to Oak Hill Country Club is the former home of Homer and Margaret Woodbury Strong. Renowned landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed gardens around the house, one of which has survived. Tour the gardens and learn more about the background of this historic property and the revitalization of the landscape after years of neglect. $22 members; $32 non-members. Registration required. RCGC • July 25: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm. Riddim Posse (reggae). See description under July 11. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 youth 6-17; free ages 5 and under. SG July 26: From the Earth, 9 am – 5 pm. How-to gardening talks, demonstrations on stone wall building, woodworking, soap making, natural dyes, hands-on clay bowl making workshop and more. Seven locations, Alfred. lindahuey.com; Facebook; 607/5879282. S- July 27: Gardening Sale Extravaganza – Multiple Plant Societies, 10 am – 2 pm. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and selling gently used garden items. Multiple plant societies will be selling plants. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. July 29: 350+ Hydrangeas and a New (this year) Method for Getting Blooms in our Area, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Join Tim Boebel, author of Hydrangeas in the North: Getting Blooms in the Colder Climates, at his home in East Bloomfield to see more than 350 blooming hydrangea cultivars growing on his oneacre plot. Tim will share new, unpublished information on a simpler and more effective method to get consistent bloom despite a harsh winter. He will also discuss merits of different cultivars, talk about growing hydrangea in patio containers and answer questions. $15. Registration required. RCGC July 30: Soiree – Jerry Kral’s Incredible Landscape, 6:30 – 8 pm. Spend a relaxed evening taking in Jerry Kral’s urban landscape of small and medium-size evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs in combinations with perennials and annuals linked by pathways and stone walls. See some unique ornamental plants and explore innovative rock gardens including a slab garden, tufa crevice garden and pumice rock garden. Refreshments. $12. Registration required. RCGC July 31: Cut-Flower Workshop at a Historic Flower Farm, 6 – 8 pm. Nellie Gardner will give a tour of her small farm and the flowers she grows for her business including many kinds of annuals, perennials and dahlias. She will discuss growing and harvesting cut flowers: which varieties work best for cutting as well as landscape use, how to cut and condition the flowers and prep the water, arranging and care of bouquets and how to create a tussie-mussie. Participants can select and cut their own bouquet to take home. $28 members; $35 non-members. Registration required. RCGC • August 1: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm.

The Fools (rock). See description under July 11. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 youth 6-17; free ages 5 and under. SG August 2: Structured Spaces, Inviting Places, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Join landscape designer Christine Froehlich in her Sodus Point garden where she has constructed fences, arbors, stone paths, a patio and a pergola which divide her gardens into several distinct ‘rooms’ as well as provide protection from the elements. Learn ways to interweave structures and plants to achieve privacy, comfort and beauty. $22 members; $32 non-members. Registration required. RCGC August 2: Outdoor Fairy Garden, 11 am or 1 pm. See description under July 19. $30. Registration required. BRI August 3: Daylily Garden Open House, 1 – 5 pm. Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden (a National Display Garden), Charlie and Judy Zettek, 1 Hillside Avenue, Rochester. 585/461-3317. August 7: Designing a Multilayered Haven in the City, 6 – 7:30 pm. Owners Rick Schaeffer and Marcy Klein have transformed their long city lot into a series of gardens that wind through the property with several level changes, many of the gardens sit atop stone walls that are studded with fragments of historic buildings and geological specimens. Marcy will discuss her garden design process, highlighting how she incorporates woody plants into beds of perennials and annuals for a sense of permanence, privacy and long-season interest. Rick will explain different techniques for building stone walls and columns and the fine art of scavenging for architectural treasures. $22 members; $32 non-members. Registration required. RCGC August 9: Daylily Sale, 8 am – 2 pm. Presented by Finger Lakes Daylily Society. Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor-Pittsford Road, Victor. August 9: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9 am. Rattlesnake Hill, Dansville. Bring lunch and folding chair. Meet: Park and Ride lot, Routes 15 & 251, I-390 exit 11, Rush. 585/425-2380. RBC • August 12 – 15: Seneca Art & Nature Camp, 9:30 am – 4 pm. Ages 9-13 will explore the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) relationship with art, nature and everyday life. $175. Registration required by July 18. Ganondagan, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. 585/742-1690; meg@ganondagan.org; ganondagan. org. August 13: August Blooms Stroll in Michael Hannen’s Nursery, 6 – 7:30 pm. Michael grows over 800 varieties of plants at his Upper-Monroe Neighborhood home-based nursery where he has display gardens overflowing with the rare and unusual plants that he specializes in. Arrive early to shop or preview the gardens. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required. RCGC August 14: Soiree – MingleNest Gardens in Avon, 6:30 – 8 pm. Stroll the many paths of Bob and Carolyn McKee’s hillside garden to see ponds, waterfalls, rock walls and shady and sunny gardens with mature flowering shrubs, perennials and ornamental trees. Refreshments. $12. Registration required. RCGC August 16 – 17: Arts at the Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm. Juried fine art & craft show & sale featuring 100 artists from across the U.S. Art lectures, wine/beer garden featuring microbrews, food court. Includes admission to the grounds and mansion. Rain or shine. $6. SG August 20: Renovating and Reworking the Landscape, 6 – 7:30 pm. Join Cindy Cali at this large property in Pittsford to tour the grounds and learn more about how she has remedied the many landscape problems that were in place when she took on the design and maintenance 15 years ago. Be prepared for walking on steep hills. $18 members; $25

non-members. Registration required. RCGC August 25: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9 am. Howland Island, Montezuma. Bring lunch and folding chair. Meet: Park and Ride, Bushnell’s Basin Exit, Route I-490. 585/385-3907. RBC September 2: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Burger Park, Greece. Meet: parking lot, Braddock Bay Park, near lodge. 585/385-4725. RBC September 13: Gathering of Gardeners, 8 am – 4 pm. Featuring David Culp, author and plantsman, & Elizabeth Licata, author and garden designer. Parking lot sale featuring plants and garden-related items. 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 13: Fall Wildflowers, 10 am. Guided walk led by Carol Southby & Carl Herrgesell. Hand lens helpful. Free. Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary, 1581 Jackson Road, Penfield. 585/773-8911. Facebook. S- September 13: Fall Garden Gala, 10 am – 1 pm. Plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants, mum sale, chance basket auction, soil pH testing and gardening advice by Master Gardeners. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia. 585/343-3040 x101. September 13: Fall Container Garden, 11 am. Create your own container using fall plants. Includes container of choice and 3 fall plants. $35. Registration required. BRI September 13 – 14: National Bonsai Exhibition, Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Demonstrations, exhibits, vendors. $15; $20 weekend pass, before September 1. Total Sports Experience, 435 West Commercial Street, East Rochester. 585/334-2595; WNV@internationalbonsai.com; internationalbonsai.com. September 13 – 14: Dahlia Show & Sale, Saturday, 1 – 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 12 pm. Saturday: flower show, arrangements for sale. Sunday: show flowers for sale. Perinton Square Mall, 6720 Pittsford-Palmyra Road. September 14: Fungi with Fun Guys, 2 pm. Led by Dave Wolf, Carl Wolf & Don Wolf. Discover and identify mushrooms and other fungi. Free. Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary. 1581 Jackson Road, Penfield. 585/773-8911; Facebook.

Save the date… September 19 – 21: Northeast Conifer Society Regional Meeting. Program will include tours of local gardens. Holiday Inn Rochester Airport. northeast. conifersociety.org.

SYRACUSE REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS African Violet Society of Syracuse meets the second Thursday of the month, September – May, Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Road, 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 Road, 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 Avenue, Syracuse. Enter from Melrose Avenue. 315/464-0051.

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Frequent host CCE/ONE: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany. 315/7363394 x125; cceoneida.com.

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, Liverpool Public Library. HGCNY is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes; for-wild.org. Meetings are free and open to the public. 315/487-5742; hgcny. org.

July 12 – 13: Finger Lakes Lavender Festival, 9 am – 5 pm. Vendors, presentations, refreshments, harvest your own lavender bouquet. Rain or shine. Free. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369; lockwoodfarm.blogspot. com; fingerlakeslavenderfestival.blogspot.com.

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.

T- July 13: Onondaga County Open Days Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Visit three private gardens. Selfguided. $5 per garden visited. Jamesville & Lafayette. gardenconservancy.org.

Syracuse Rose Society meets the second Thursday of every month (except December and February) at 7 pm. Public welcome. Reformed Church of Syracuse, 1228 Teall Avenue, Syracuse. Enter from Melrose Avenue. Club members maintain the E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden, Thornden Park, Syracuse. crbau@aol.com; syracuserosesociety.org.

July 16: Garden to Table: Growing and Using Culinary Herbs, 6 – 8 pm. Presented by Elaine Edwards & Rosanne Loparco, Master Gardener Volunteers, and Felecia Klein, CCE Nutrition Educator. $10. Registration required. CCE/ONE

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; grow-thewilliamsongardenclub.blogspot.com.

July 30: Butterfly Gardening, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Presented by Ronald Broughton & Bonnie Collins, Master Gardener Volunteers. $5. Registration required. CCE/ONE


August 18: Designing for Garden Ecosystems, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Presented by Frank Gerace & Margaret Murphy, Master Gardener Volunteers. $5. Registration required. CCE/ONE

• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours.

September 6: Seed Saving and Exchange in the Gardens, 10 am – 12 pm. Featuring an Open House of the Parker F. Scripture Botanical Garden. $5. Registration required. CCE/ONE



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Tipsy vertical planter by Cathy Monrad


ertical gardens are a great way save space while adding height variation to a bed. With this project, you can also utilize extra containers you may have on hand. There are numerous ways to personalize this concept to match your style. Try painting the pots different colors, adding house numbers to the containers, placing a bowl atop the final pot to act as a birdbath, or swapping out flowers with herbs if your planter is near the kitchen.

Materials 5 standard terra cotta pots in the following sizes: 14", 12", 10", 8", and 6" A 2-cubic-foot bag of potting soil One 48� sturdy garden stake (bamboo or plastic coated) Soil Moist granules (optional) Annual plants

1. Determine where to place the planter and insert the garden stake at 12-14 inches into the ground for stability. 2. Thread the 14" pot on the stake and fill with moistened potting soil to just about 3 inches below the rim. Water in to settle the soil. 3. Thread the 12" pot on the stake, angling it as much or as little as you wish. You may have to pat down the soil, or add more under the pot to achieve the desired angle. 4. Fill the 12" pot with soil. 5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 with the remaining pots, alternating each pot’s angle until all the pots are threaded and filled with soil. 6. If the garden stake sticks up more than an inch above the final pot, you can trim it off using a saw or tin snips, depending on the type of garden stake you are using. 7. Plant as desired.

Cathy Monrad is the graphic designer for the Upstate Gardeners' Journal.

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July-August 2014 edition of Upstate Gardeners' Journal. Gardening and landscaping in and around Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Ithaca, Ne...


July-August 2014 edition of Upstate Gardeners' Journal. Gardening and landscaping in and around Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Ithaca, Ne...