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Volume Eighteen, Issue Three May-June 2012
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Contents From the Publisher.................................................. 6 Blunders never cease
A meditation on making mistakes with plants........................8-10
A healing sanctuary for veterans......................14-15
Publisher/Editor: Jane F. Milliman Art Direction: Dean S. Milliman Managing EDITOR: Debbie Eckerson Graphic design: Cathy Monrad Technical Editor: Brian Eshenaur Proofreader: Sarah Koopus Western New York Sales Representative:
Maria Walczak: 716/432-8688 Contributing Writers:
Michelle Sutton | Deirdre Cunningham | Janet Allen Nicole Kelly | Carol Ann Harlos | Lyn Chimera Colleen O’Neill Nice | Jonathan Everitt
Calendar...........................................................16-27 You ask…the experts answer................................ 28 Alexander Central School plans an outdoor classroom......................................30-31 What to do in the garden in May and June.................................................... 32 Growing the green
Buckle up and visit greenhouses just east of Buffalo................36-41
A mystery grows at Chimney Bluffs...................... 50
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From the Publisher Though most of us garden, to some extent at least, year ‘round, May and June are considered the busiest months. For one thing, there’s all of that shopping to be done. Many local organizations have their plant sales now, and to make it easier for you to find them, we’ve marked them with an “S” in the calendar, which begins on page 16. I promised I’d mention one in particular, the annual Monroe County Master Gardener Plant Sale that occurs during Rochester’s Lilac Festival, May 5 – 20, from 10 am until 8 pm daily. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, and aside from home-raised plants (vegetables, herbs, ground covers, house plants, tropicals, perennials for sun and shade, native species, small shrubs and trees, annuals, and succulents) there will be garden ornaments, like hypertufa troughs, and, even though their peak of bloom will long have passed, lilacs. Master Gardener Pat Mauer writes, “New this year: We are pleased to be selling a variety of lilacs from Rochester’s own Ted Collins, aka ‘Doc Lilac.’ Because of Doc’s significant presence in the lilac field, we will be able to offer many sizes and colors from starter plants to three gallon size containers in a range of early to late bloomers.” There are tons of garden tours coming up, too, and these are one of the best ways to gain ideas and inspiration for your own garden—I encourage you to go on as many as you can. Tours are also specially marked in the calendar. Lastly, I’d like to welcome graphic designer Cathy Monrad to the UGJ team. Cathy was thrown into the fire rather abruptly on this issue and has done a great job. We’re delighted to have her. Have a wonderful spring!
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Blunders never cease
A meditation on making mistakes with plants Story and photos by Michelle Sutton for granted. There are the disappointments that come not from neglect but unrealistic expectations. For instance, annuals professionally grown in greenhouses have been given the sweet life—ideal conditions of light, fertility, pest control, pinching, and even growth hormones. We buy them at their peak of beauty, and then it’s difficult to keep them looking as perfect as the day they were purchased. It’s like the plants have been to the glamourphoto studio, but they can’t keep up that ridiculous hair and makeup forever. This is not to say we shouldn’t buy them; just that we have to keep a sense of humor about their prospects. I think more people would garden if they weren’t so afraid of making mistakes. I’ve lost my fair share of plants along the way. I learned not to take it personally. Sometimes I can do everything “right” and things still die. I have found it helpful to think of it all as valuable research and to be curious about the losses that happen. It makes me savor even more the wonderment that is all the plants that do survive and multiply. I interviewed a bunch of horticulture folks I admire about blunders they’ve made in their gardening lives.
ABOVE: What the lettuce would’ve looked like, had the author watered the seeds. 8 | M ay - j u n e 2 0 1 2
arly this spring, as soon as the soil could be worked, I planted a spring crop of lettuce seed, a combination of red and speckled trout lettuce. I had fixed in my mind that March is a wet and muddy month, and I got busy with other things. Meantime, we had a week of record-setting spring heat and no rain. Those little would-be lettuces just fried up like cumin seeds in a sauté pan. Their hopeful little countenances haunt my nightscape. The weeping ‘Lavender Twist’ redbud is cascading and petite relative to the straight redbud, but it can still put on some girth over time. When I first discovered it, I planted it way too close to a house, not realizing how chunky it would get. Now it’s too big to safely transplant. Nice going, horticulturist. My current home soil is a nasty sandy soil fill I inherited, one that resists amending. More than one wildflower and native shrub has come here to die. Dried up bog rosemary: what was I thinking? Water-loving elderberry: you’ve been wronged. Tormented native pachysandra: I am sorry. You always performed so beautifully for me in my previous soils that I took you
CCE Ornamentals IPM Educator Brian Eshenaur told me, “I kill plants mostly through zone denial but a few will surprise me and thrive. I chalk it all up as experience and go by the late, great plantsman J.C. Raulston’s philosophy, ‘If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.’”
My former advisor, Cornell Professor Nina Bassuk, is an international street tree expert, but even she has had missteps. “Slow release fertilizer is a great thing, especially for containerized plants outside,” she says. “Many years ago I put together an experiment using containerized maple trees in the greenhouse. We used slow-release fertilizer, thinking ‘Great, this is easy.’ However, the release of slow-release fertilizer is moisture and temperature dependent. With warm greenhouse temperatures and daily watering, nutrients were released almost all at once and they fried my little maples!”
When I first saw my friend Vici’s gardens, I thought, “This woman knows what she is doing.” Things appear to be fully in control and effortless. The design makes sense and the plant selections are
appropriate, healthy, and complementary. I assumed it was ever thus, but Vici corrected me. She says, “I made the mistake of not learning from friends’ gardening mistakes when I planted two wisteria vines for my new pergola. Valuing free advice would have saved me hours of painful overhead pruning! I had to give up and kill the poor things in the third season, by which time they had literally left their marks on twisted pergola components.” Then Vici bought American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) vines to cool the southwest side of her house. “The first two seasons were wonderful—it looked great quickly and did the job during July and August. Unfortunately, the horticultural industry has a long way to go regarding truth in packaging! The plants turned out to be Oriental bittersweet (C. orbiculatus)—with imperial ambitions. Every seed germinated. Every berryeating bird dropped seeds in nearby lawns, gardens, and nature trails. I had to get rid of the vines in the
third season, a long process requiring sharp tools, toxic chemicals, constant vigilance, and surprisingly strong regrowth. I now know how Typhoid Mary may have felt ...”
My friend, horticulturist Noelle Nagel, told me that she did, long ago, keep a concise list of everything she planted, starting when she and her husband bought their first house. “After a few years of scratching several plant names off the list due to untimely deaths, I stopped the list,” she says. “The guilt was more than I could handle.”
Todd Lighthouse, owner of the marvelous Lighthouse Gardens in Honeoye Falls, divides his mistakes into professional and personal. “One of the former that sticks out to me is when I thought it might be a great idea to offer plants that naturalize and hold up to foot traffic in the lawn, like miniature yarrow, lawn
ABOVE: How many plants must die before things look effortless? A lot, my friend, a lot.
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change the tree that I planted on the west side of my deck to provide afternoon shade. I had been admiring some mature silver lindens in the area, so when I found a Tilia tomentosa ‘Sterling’ for sale, I snapped it up. It’s a handsome tree that has grown fast. The shade is much appreciated, and the blossoms smell divine. However, the flowers draw a legion of soldier beetles each spring. I suppose I should be happy that these beneficial predators are so abundant, but we are unable to use our deck for several weeks every summer as a result.”
daisies, and violets. I even had a thing for dandelions and had the notion of breeding a different colored one so that people might appreciate it more. I soon came to my senses and realized I was one of very few people that appreciated anything other than grass in my lawn. And then on the home gardener front: The first thing I did when we bought our house was to borrow a sod cutter and take up a few thousand square feet to be planted in perennials. After planting and mulching in what I thought was enough plants to fill in the new beds, it wasn’t until the next season I realized the weeding job I had created for ourselves. Eight years, a start-up greenhouse business, and two kids later, there hasn’t been much time to weed, but fortunately, once midsummer rolls around, the perennial beds finally look good once they fill in. I planted this large beautiful maroon laceleaf Japanese maple in our front garden and wanted to plant a nice groundcover around it to fill in. I liked the way sweet woodruff looked in the containers at the garden center in early spring and thought it might provide a nice dense green groundcover. I underestimated its persistence and annoyance. While it is a dense ground cover, it does a poor job of smothering weeds and itself becomes a weed as it moves throughout my garden. It met its match with English ivy, though, and the two are currently battling it out under a lilac.”
ABOVE: So sorry, native pachysandra—moist, humus-rich soil this is not.
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Cornell Plantations Horticulture Director Mary Hirshfeld says, “My main problem is that I remain eternally gullible, and fall for every gorgeous new herbaceous perennial that comes along, and usually find out they don’t perform as I had hoped. They looked lovely in the catalog but were a disappointment in my garden.”
My Upper Arlington, Ohio city forester friend, Steve Cothrel, says, “If I could claim a do-over, I would
Drew Zantopp, owner of Zantopia Gardens in Mumford, tells a tale of woe. “I used to really like creating my own bonsai plants, and I had a nice little collection of about fifteen plants of varying ages from one year to ten years. Since the bonsai were all different species of temperate zone trees, they needed to go dormant for the winter and spend a few months in cold conditions waiting for spring. I built a cold frame box by the side of my house with thick wooden walls and 1/4” mesh galvanized screen on the top and bottom. In the fall, I’d gingerly place all my prized bonsai inside, put the mesh screen cover on, and then rake a bunch of leaves, completely covering my bonsai cold frame with about a foot thick of the leaves on all sides and across the top. Then I would just forget about the bonsai plants for the winter. And for ten years, that’s what I did. Every April, I’d push off the leaves and all my bonsai were budded up and ready to start growing for the new season. Then one April, I pushed all the raked up leaves off my cold frame, looked in, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My bonsai plants, each and every one of them, looked like white, bleached bones sticking up out of their pots. What the hell? I got down on my knees and looked closer. There was no bark on any of the bonsai. They were stripped clean from the base of each trunk to the tip of each terminal leader and all the branches in between. My hands rose up to the top of my head and grasped large hunks of hair and started pulling. What happened??? After a moment of sheer and utter depression I started looking around for clues to my bonsai disaster. And there, in the corner of my cold frame was a little hole. A short distance away from the hole was a mound of soft bits of grass, leaves, and other debris. After years of neglecting to inspect my cold frame and just assuming it was impenetrable, a mouse, or a vole, or some other gnawing, scrabbling rodent, had gotten in and spent the winter warm and toasty in a nest, feeding on the bark of all of my bonsai! That was the end to my bonsai collection, and I never started a new one. Actually that experience was a great lesson about attachment. A true Zen realization. After I got over my disappointment, of course.”
I’ll end with the online blunder that made me giggle the most, posted by “George” on GardenWeb. “My wife thought that a small clump of bamboo would lend a nice touch to my half-acre wildflower garden. I now have a lovely half-acre bamboo grove and no wildflowers.” I think that puts things into perspective, even if George does blame his wife.
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A healing sanctuary for veterans by Deirdre Cunningham
ABOVE: An irrigation pit dug by a vet 1 4 | M ay - j u n e 2 0 1 2
nusual ideas are welcome in Trumansburg, New York, for example the current transformation of an abandoned Talapia fish farm into a sustainable food and medicinal plant production system using permaculture practices. In 2010 when Nate Lewis, Executive Director of Veteran’s Sanctuary, met Sean Dembrosky, a self-taught farmer/gardener, and Ruth Miller, a certified herbalist, he knew he’d made the right choice to settle in Trumansburg. His original idea in 2008 for Veterans Sanctuary was to provide Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with a safe place to process the lingering negative effects of serving as a warrior known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Returning veterans at first joined the group to participate in the Combat Paper project (combatpaper.
org), Warrior Writers workshops and anti-war activities with local peace activists. The addition of a sustainable farming component to the Sanctuary’s programming has become Nate’s primary interest because the farming/gardening process is “open and fluid” to suit the personal needs of individual veterans. He believes that “on a very basic human level veterans need to rebuild their lives through eating good food and physical labor using their own two hands. They learn, share and enjoy the process.” During the winter of 2011, work began to organize space within the two Quonset hut green houses that originally housed the Talapia fish ponds. Over-gown native grape vines were dug up and hauled out; trees were cut away from the roofs, a potting area with a
bench and soil was set up just inside the entrance. Outside trenches were dug under the greenhouse walls to allow surface water to naturally flow inside into a 6 ft. x 6 ft. earthen retention pit, about two feet below grade, surrounded by raised beds of earth strengthened with straw that are ergonomically at the right height to easily maintain and cultivate the plantings. Existing greenhouse plants such as a huge rosemary plant were retained to provide cuttings grown on in the raised beds. Cuttings of willow (which according to Ruth Miller is used to make aspirin) abound and will be employed in the medicinal component of the farming program. Garden soils are built up with manure from on-site chickens and horses, compost from the veterans’ house, coffee grounds from Gimme Coffee, and rotten hay donated by local farmers. Water is obtained from an on-site pond using a system of hoses to fill a cistern that sends water to the plants via drip-lines and handhauled buckets. To keep down the weeds and retain soil moisture, sheets of cardboard are laid down in select areas on the property. A recent graduate of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Miller is an herbalist who is developing a yearly medicine program that will used to establish an apothecary for the veterans’ house. Using the practice of “wild-crafting,” she will take cuttings from plants found in nature to either dry for immediate use or to grow in the farm’s greenhouses or medicinal plant garden. Growing and working with the plants will assist Miller as a preventative medicine consultant who complements standard medical practices. She plans to prepare two kinds of tinctures: alcohol-based concoctions, using pharmacy grade 95% ethanol, and vinegar-based. Tinctures are administered as drops on the tongue or mixed with water as a drink. The selection of medicinal plants to be grown by the veterans will focus on specific physical needs related to PTSD that will provide relief from pain and skin ailments, make dreams lucid and happy, induce a sedative effect to encourage sleep, and provide antioxidants for a healthy body, she said. To cleanse and build up the nervous system, Miller recommends scullcap, (Scutellarias). According to Mrs. M. Grieve’s A Modern Herbal, the entire herb should be collected in June, dried and powdered; it can be “prescribed in all disorders of the nervous system, and has been suggested as a remedy for epilepsy”…. although “overdoses of the tincture can cause giddiness, stupor, confusion of mind, twitchings of the limbs…” Miller mentioned valerian as “a powerful sleep-aid that is best prepared as a tea,” and A Modern Herbal states that, “it possesses none of the after-effects produced by narcotics” and concurs that in ordinary doses “it exerts an influence quieting and soothing in its nature upon the brain and nervous system…while “large doses, too often repeated, have a tendency to produce pain in the head, heaviness and stupor.”
Although the medicine garden has been the primary focus this year, 50% of the food on a veteran’s plate comes from Veterans’ Sanctuary, and donations from friends, including Dembrowsky and Miller. This project will enable returning veterans to heal themselves with good food, herbal medicine and physical labor; it is truly a labor of love. For more information, contact: Nathan Lewis, Executive Director, Veterans’ Sanctuary, Inc., email@example.com or 716 531 5362; veteranssanctuary.blogspot.com, or the Veteran Hotline: 800 273 TALK Deirdre Cunningham is proprietor of McLallen House B&B in Trumansburg and works as a landscape consultant.
TOP: The Veteran’s Sanctuary director scything BELOW: Certified herbalist Ruth Miller
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Calendar BUFFALO REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Inc. Adrienne Pasquariello, District Director: 716/681-1047; gardenclubsofwny.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org; gesneriadsociety.org/chapters/wny. Buffalo Area Daylily Society. East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street, East Aurora. May 20: Melanie Mason from Longlesson Farm. 716/ 6498186; email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Hamburg Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at noon, summer garden tours, Hamburg Community Center, 107 Prospect Avenue, Hamburg. 716/648-0275; email@example.com. 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. niagarafrontierorchids.org. Niagara Frontier Pond & Koi Club meets the second Friday of each month at 7 pm, Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda. nfkpc.org. Orchard Park Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 12 pm, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park. President: Beverly Walsh, 716/6627279. Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 2 pm, First Baptist Church, 32 Main Street, Silver Creek. Sue Duecker, 716/934-7608; duke.sue@roadrunner. com. South Town Gardeners meets the second Friday of the month (except January) at 10:30 am, Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. New members welcome. Western New York Carnivorous Plant (CP) Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm. firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook.com/pages/WNYCarnivorous-Plant-Club. 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. wnyhpa.org. Western New York Hosta Society, contact for meeting dates and location. 716/941-6167; email@example.com; wnyhosta.com. 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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. LANA: Lana’s The Little House, PO Box 267, Forestville, NY 14062. 716/965-2798; lanasthelittlehouse.com. LOCK: Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075, 716/649-4684; weknowplants.com. MENNE: Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228. 716/693-4444; mennenursery.com. NGF: National Garden Festival, June 23 – July 29, a five-week celebration of the Greater Buffalo area’s garden walks, talks, tours and events. 617 Main Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14203. 716-998-1573; nationalgardenfestival.com. REIN: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. 716/6835959; dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html. WNYLC: Western New York Land Conservancy, PO Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052. 716/687-1225; wnylc.org.
CLASSES / EVENTS • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours. • Ongoing May through October: Family Walk, Sundays, 2 pm. Free. BMAC May 5: Gardening in Containers, 10 – 11 am. Learn the basics of container gardening as well as how to choose and arrange the plants. Registration required. ZTL May 5: Spring Cleanup, 10 am – 12 pm. Outdoor demonstration on how to cultivate, fertilize and edge beds; tips on getting your lawn in shape
after winter; proper planting and pruning of trees and shrubs. Rain or shine. Free. Registration required. MENNE • May 5: Earth Day in May, 10 am – 1 pm. Help clear debris from trails and plant tree seedlings. Refreshments provided. Free. Registration required. REIN May 5: Native Woodland Plants of the Northeast, 10:30 am. Native plants expert Ken Parker, former owner of Canada’s Sweetgrass Gardens, will discuss how to choose the proper native plants (grasses, perennials and shrubs) for a specific site, whether it’s a small yard or large restoration project. $10. Registration required. LOCK May 5: Perennials for Color and Interest, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Discussion will include information about selection, location and maintenance of perennials. Registration required. ZTL May 5: Outstanding Orchids, 2 – 3 pm. Peter Martin will demonstrate how to pot orchids and discuss requirements for growing media, light and maintenance. Bring your own orchid for consultation and advice. Free. Registration required. MENNE • May 5 – 6: Spring Fling, 10 am – 4 pm. Classes, flowers, food, garden art, kids’ activities. ZTL May 5 – 6: African Violet Show & Sale, Saturday 12 – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Favorite Songs. Presented by African Violet and Gesneriad Society of WNY. Galleria Mall, Galleria Drive, Cheektowaga. 716/652-8658; pfkroll@roadrunner. com. May 10: Mother’s Day Gift Planter, 6:30 pm. Give Mom or someone you love a pretty planter full of frost-hardy spring flowers. Includes choice of plants, colors and designs for sunny or shady areas. $40. Registration required. LOCK May 11: National Public Gardens Day, 10 am – 5 pm. A national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. $1; members free. BECBG May 11 – 13: Open House, 10 am – 5 pm. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; chickencooporiginals.com. S- May 12: Plant Sale – Orchard Park Garden Club, 8 am – 2 pm. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, accent plants & hanging baskets. Gift certificates: 716/662-5248. Railroad Depot, behind Library, Orchard Park. May 12: Vegetables – Grow Your Own, 8:30 am – 1:10 pm. Presented by NYS Master gardeners. Demonstration gardens, hands-on activities, door prizes, giveaways. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Registration required. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville. 716/532-5477; 716/860- 3936. May 12: English Garden Trough Workshop, 10 am. Make your own hypertufa container. $35 advance; $40 day of. Registration required. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; chickencooporiginals.com. May 12: Mothers Day Make it for Mom, 10 am – 2 pm. Choose a container & plants from a preselected assortment. All materials and assistance included. Registration required. ZTL May 12: Mother’s Day Tea Cup Arrangement, 11 am – 12:30 pm. Make a fresh flower arrangement in a china tea cup. $30 members; $35 nonmembers. BECBG
May 12: Master Gardeners at the Gardens. Master Gardeners of Erie County will answer gardening questions. Soil testing, up to three samples, $5 each. 716/827-1584 x291. BECBG S- May 16: Plant Sale & Auction – Garden Friends of Clarence, sale 12 – 6 pm; auction 6:30 pm. Several varieties of plants, including rare and unusual items from members’ gardens. Master gardeners will be on hand to do soil testing, 12 – 6 pm. Clarence Town Park Large Pavilion, 10405 Main Street, Clarence. gardenfriendsofclarence@ hotmail.com. May 16 – 20: National Garden Club Convention. Adams Mark, Buffalo. 8th District Federated Garden Club, Adrienne Pasquariello, District Director, 716/681-1047; apasquarie@roadrunner. com. May 17: Garden Collage, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Create a one-of-a-kind garden collage working en plein air. No artistic experience necessary. $55; $50 groups of 3 or more. Registration required. LANA S- May 19: Garden Faire – Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club, 9 am – 3 pm. Plant sale, garden books, bird houses, feeders, garden decor. Speakers, informational booths, vendors, kids’ projects, raffle. Silver Creek Gazebo and Park, Silver Creek. 716/934-7608; duke.sue@ roadrunner.com. May 19: Fun with Herbs, 10 – 11 am. Master Gardener Lee Schreiner will discuss kitchen herbs and how to use them, herb gardens and containers. Registration required. ZTL May 19: Container Gardening, 10 – 11 am; or 2 – 3 pm. Step by step demonstration on how to create container gardens including which containers work best, choosing soil mixes to ensure success and maintenance tips. Free. Registration required. MENNE May 19: Plant for Hope, 10 am – 4 pm. Fundraiser to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Bedford’s Greenhouse, 6820 Cedar Street, Akron. 716/542-6110; bedfordsgreenhouse.com. May 19: Trees & Shrubs, 11 am – 3 pm. What consumers should know about planting trees & shrubs. Growing hops with Flying Bison Brewing Company. Refreshments. Lincoln Park Nursery, 5705 Shawnee Road, Cambria. 716/692-6100. lincolnparknursery.com. May 19: Roses & Their Care, 12 – 4 pm. Members of the Western New York Rose Society will be on hand to answer rose-related questions. Get information on pruning, pest control, fertilizing, planting, etc. Free. MENNE
May 26: Spring Plant Hike, 2 pm. Discover what is growing on this guided walk. Free. Registration required. REIN May 26: Master Gardeners at the Gardens. See description under May 12. BECBG June 2: Odyssey to Ithaca. Join us as we travel by motor coach to the Ithaca region. Tour Bedlam Gardens in King Ferry. Enjoy an herbal lunch and plant shopping at Bakers’ Acres. See the gardens and Visitor Center at Cornell Plantations. Visit Bluegrass Lane, Cornell’s flower trials plot. Shop all manner of garden plants and gifts at Cayuga Landscape. Finally, we’ll stop and taste some wine, or merely admire the view, at Ventosa Vineyards on Seneca Lake. Departs Buffalo and Batavia. $70. Registration required. Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 3200 East Avenue, Caledonia, NY 14423. 585/538-4980; 716/4328688; upstategardenersjournal.com. June 2: Summer Planter, 10:30 am. Design a summer planter full of grasses and flowers that will carry through the season; choice of plants and styles. $35. Registration required. LOCK • June 2 – 23: Art Classes for Kids, three Saturdays, 9 – 10:30 am. Ages 5-15. Supplies included. $30 series; $11 single session. BECBG June 4 – 25: Adult Art Classes, four Mondays, 8:45 – 10:15 am. Series: $54 members; $60 nonmembers. Single session: $15 members; $16 non-members. BECBG June 6: Container Garden – Make & Take, 2 – 3 pm. Discussion of the elements of a container garden and combinations of plants that work well together. Participants will select their plants and put their garden together. Bring a 12” or 16” container. Plants, soil and assistance provided. $30 for 12” container; $42 for 16” container. Registration required. MENNE June 7 – July 1: Garden Railway Exhibit, 10 am – 5 pm. Presented by Western New York Garden Railway Society. Included with admission. BECBG June 9: Perennials Day, 9:30 am – 2 pm. Floriferous Gardens (Designing with Perennials) with Joe Han includes “before & after” pictures of landscapes. Perennials at Work in WNY Gardens with Sally Cunningham includes plant lists of perennials for different home landscape sites, pictures from National Garden Festival gardens and focus on performance and low maintenance. Registration required. LOCK June 9: Summer Tree Hike, 10 am – 12 pm. John Sly will lead the group, sharing information on how to identify trees in summer. Registration required. BMAC
May 19: Carnivorous Plants, 1 – 2 pm. Learn about these unusual plants and how to care for them including proper soils and lighting as well as moisture and nutrition requirements. Free. Registration required. MENNE
June 9: Container Garden – Make & Take, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. See description under June 6. Bring a 12” or 16” container. Plants and soil provided. $30 for 12” container; $42 for 16” container. Registration required. MENNE
May 19 – 20: Pink Days. Support local breast cancer charity with purchase of ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ hydrangea, pink pots, pink hats. Pines Garden Center, 117 French Road, West Seneca. 716/844 8083.
June 9: Master Gardeners at the Gardens. See description under May 12. BECBG
S- May 19 – 20: The Great Plant Sale, 9 am – 4 pm. Hanging baskets, ornamental trees & shrubs, unusual ornamentals, deer resistant plants & flowers, natives, tropicals, annuals, perennials, herbs, and more. BECBG May 19 – 20: Bonsai Show, 10 am – 5 pm. Bonsai masters and novices display their prized trees at their peak. Presented by Buffalo Bonsai Society. Included with admission. BECBG
June 10: Agri-Palooza, 12 – 4 pm. Farmers’ market, guided tours, exhibits, entertainment, children’s activities. Free. Friendly Acres Farms, Exchange Street Road, Attica. Facebook; agripalooza.com. June 15 – 17: Doors Open Niagara. Visit beautiful and interesting 19th century heritage, architectural and garden locations in North America. 877/884-2736; doorsopenniagara.com. June 16: Historical Knox Farm, 9 am. Walk and learn the history of the Knox estate from the late 1800’s to present. Registration required. BMAC
June 16: Heavenly Hydrangeas, 10 – 11 am. Lana Bilger will introduce new varieties that include new colors and sizes, compact dwarf plants, unusual foliage and some that bloom all summer long. Free. Registration required. MENNE June 16: Cottage Gardening, 10:30 am – 12 pm. Tour of grounds with discussion of the garden’s design and plants most suitable for cottage gardening, emphasis on wildflowers native to the Northeast. $52; $47 groups of 3 or more. Registration required. LANA June 16: Rose Show, 1 pm. Presented by Western New York Rose Society. Walden Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga. wnyrosesociety.org. S- June 23: Native Plant Sale – Pick Up, 9 am – 1 pm. Order by June 14. Selection includes black cohosh, blue cohosh, blue flag iris, cardinal flower, red monarda, maidenhair fern, Joe-pye weed, green coneflower, palm sedge, wild columbine, wild geranium, and yellow wood poppy. Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville. WNYLC June 23: Zoar Valley Walk, 10 am – 2 pm. Walk through the gorge in search of old growth trees and other aspects of this natural wonder. Walk may be strenuous at times. Bring lunch. Registration required. BMAC T- June 23: Bus Tour – The Art of Buffalo Gardens. Join Jim Charlier to tour private gardens and galleries featuring unusual art for the garden. Luncheon included. AAA/Horizon Club Tours; 800/242-4244; horizonclubtours.com. NGF June 23: Master Gardeners at the Gardens. See description under May 12. BECBG June 23 – 24: Lewiston Gardenfest, 10 am – 5 pm. Garden-themed vendors, speakers, open gardens. NGF • June 23 – 24: Fairy Day Celebration. Pressed flower crafts, herbal teas, fairy gardens. 10 am: Pressed Flower Creations, optional make & take. 11:30 am: Fairies in the Garden, discover which plants have the magic to draw fairies to your garden. 1 – 4 pm: Fairy Activities, make a fairy house, bling, or treats. Fairy Scavenger Hunt. Fees apply. MENNE June 24: Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale, 10 am – 6 pm. Original garden art from a wide variety of artists & vendors. Garden clubs & societies information booths. Parkside Lodge, Delaware Park, Buffalo. NGF June 24: Hosta Show, 1 pm. Presented by Western NY Hosta Society. Anyone may enter, exhibits accepted 8 – 10 am. Parkside Lodge, Delaware Park. firstname.lastname@example.org; wnyhosta.com. NGF June 27: Starry Night in the Garden, 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy music, local restaurants, wineries and breweries. Proceeds benefit the Gardens. BECBG T- June 28 – July 27: Open Gardens, Thursdays & Fridays. Tour private gardens. Free. See National Garden Festival book or website for schedule and maps. NGF T- June 29: Bus Tour – Buffalo’s Historic Gardens and Architecture. Join history and architecture docent Sandy Starks to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, historic Forest Lawn and Wright’s Blue Sky Mausoleum, Frederic Law Olmsted parks system, and millionaire’s row. Picnic in the Rose Garden. AAA/Horizon Club Tours; 800/242-4244; horizonclubtours.com. NGF
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Calendar BUFFALO continued June 29: BPO Concert at the Gardens, 7 pm. Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer will lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of light classical favorites. Outdoor event. Free. bpo.org. BECBG T- June 30: Village of Williamsville Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Dozens of village residents’ gardens open to the public. Free. Maps, day of: Village Meeting House, 5658 Main Street, Williamsville. NGF T- July 6: Bus Tour: The Outlyers – Superior Northtowns Gardens. Tour guide Mary Van Vorst will show gardens outside the Buffalo limits, including elegant rock gardens, a woodland hidden garden, massive perennial borders and designer landscape architecture. AAA/Horizon Club Tours; 800/242-4244; horizonclubtours. com. NGF July 7: Allenberg Bog Walk, 9 am – 2 pm. Casual hike in search of summertime flora and other interesting facets of this unique environment. Meet: Walmart parking lot, Springville. Registration required. BMAC July 7: Native Plants Day, 9 am – 3 pm. Lectures to include native plant selection for gardens or restoration projects, site requirements, why we need native eco-systems, and how to incorporate natives into suburban and urban landscapes. WNY Land Conservancy Panel Discussion, Getting native plants into regional trade and awareness. Registration required. LOCK / NGF
T- July 7 – 8: Lockport in Bloom, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided walking/driving tour featuring more than 40 private gardens plus 5 city parks. Rain or shine. Free. 716/434-2380. lockportinbloom. com. NGF T- July 7 – 29: Garden Walks. Visit two Orchard Park gardens, about a mile apart, at your leisure. Enjoy extensive country gardens, a pond filled with fish and water lilies, over 700 registered varieties of daylilies, certain varieties available for purchase. Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm; Sundays 12 – 4 pm; 6047 Seufert Road; 716/648-0094. The second, a four-acre property has a newly designed Japanese-themed section, large perennial garden, woods, pines & Japanese maples incorporated into a cottage/prairie style garden. Saturdays only, 10 am – 4 pm, 6346 Ward Road; 716/648-7085. T- July 8: Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, 10 am – 4 pm. Tour 25 private gardens and carefully tended public spaces in the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods. snyderclevehillgardenview@ gmail.com. NGF July 8: Iris Show, 12 – 4 pm. Eastern Hills Mall. NGF T- July 8: Natural Gardens & Habitats Tour, 1 – 6 pm. Includes Land Conservancy member gardens & properties in Amherst, East Aurora & Tonawanda. Enjoy an Amherst 35-acre grassland restoration for bird habitat and Lytle Nature Park in Lockport. Self-guided. $10 advance; $12 day of. WNYLC / NGF July 9 – 13: Front Yard Contest. Landscapers from the WNY Nursery & Landscape Association will renovate one block of front yards on Crowley Avenue facing Riverside Park, Buffalo. NGF
T- July 13: Landscape Tour – Plants, People & Design, 10:30 am – 12 pm. See three distinct types of gardens with the same theme and learn about the common thread uniting the dwelling with the landscape. $20 members; $25 non-members. Registration required. Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. darwinmartinhouse.org. T- July 13: Bus Tour – Southtowns Bouquet. Join tour hosts Mike & Kathy Shadrack to see their Smug Creek Gardens plus visit several gardens in the Southtowns. Picnic luncheon and tour at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. NGF July 13: Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Gala. NGF T- July 14: Landscape Bus Tour, 9 am – 4 pm. Travel by air-conditioned bus on this guided tour of landscapes including plantings, patios, and water gardens. End the day with refreshments in the garden of hosts Gary and Kathy Sokolowski. Lunch included. $35. Reservation required. MENNE T- July 14: Samuel B. Capen Garden Walk, 10 am – 3 pm. NGF T- July 14: Garden Tour, 10 am – 5 pm. Art & Garden Glory – The Final Chapter. Two extensive neighboring gardens along with various works of art for sale. Rain or shine. Rushford, located between Rushford and Caneadea, off of Route 243. Follow signs. T- July 14 – 15: Hamburg Garden Walk, 10 am – 4 pm. Self-guided. Vendors. Maps: Memorial Park bandstand, Lake & Union Streets. Rain or shine. 716/648-7544; hamburggardenwalk.com. NGF
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T- July 15: South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour, 9 am – 3 pm. NGF July 15 – 20: Front Yard Contest – Public Judging. See description under July 9 – 13. Voting boxes on site and online. Crowley Avenue, Buffalo. NGF Save the Date… July 19: A Celebration of Life, 10:30 am – 12 pm. Stroll the garden, field and woods, learn how to create your own wonderland, no matter how large or small the lot, and what attracts birds, bees and butterflies. $52; $47 groups of 3 or more. Registration required. LANA
May 6: Wildflower Walk, 1 – 2 pm. Cornell Plantations volunteers will lead a guided wildflower walk through Sapsucker Woods. Rain or shine. Free. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Visitor Center, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca. CP
May 13: Wildflower Walk, 1 – 2 pm. See description under May 6. Free. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Visitor Center, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca. CP
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.
S- May 19: Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale, 9 am – 2 pm. Over 50 area growers and local garden groups. Specialty rock garden plants, native plants, uncommon shrubs and trees, sturdy and dependable perennials and colorful annuals. NYS Armory, Route 13 North at Hanshaw Road. 607/272-2292; email@example.com.
July 19: Beautiful Landscapes and Healthy Communities: A Panel Discussion, 5:30 – 7 pm. See description under July 7. TR Historical Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Registrataion required.WNYLC
May 19: Halcyon Herb Festival, 10 am – 4 pm. Speakers, vendors, cooking demonstration, wine tasting, live music. Halcyon Place Bed & Breakfast, Herbs and Antiques, 5685 County Route 125, Savona. 607/583-4311; bbonline. com/united-states/new-york/campbell/halcyon.
• July 23 – 27: Kids in the Woods – Day Camp, 9 am – 3 pm. Week-long adventures for ages 8-11. $150 members; $175 non-members. Registration required. REIN
May 20: Wildflower Walk, 1 – 2 pm. See description under May 6. Free. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Visitor Center, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca. CP
T- July 28 – 29: Garden Walk Buffalo. Selfguided tour of 370+ urban gardens and historic neighborhoods. Free. Rain or shine. gardenwalkbuffalo.com.
May 24: Evening Wildflower Walk, 7 – 8 pm. Krissy Boys, gardener and native plants specialist, will lead this tour of the woodland pathways and varied plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden. Free. Meet: Mundy Wildflower Garden, Caldwell Road entrance. CP
T- August 4: Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm. Self-guided, features more than 60 gardens. Free. 716/851-5116; brrgardenwalk.com. T- August 4: Starry Night Garden Tour, 8 – 10 pm. Self-guided, features more than 20 gardens. Part of the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens. Free. 716/851-5116; brrgardenwalk.com. S- August 25: Hosta & Daylily Sale. Many varieties, featuring many large hosta. Presented by WNY Hosta Society. VFW Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. 716/941-6167; firstname.lastname@example.org; wnyhosta.com. September 8: Hosta Forum. Cambridge Springs, PA.
ITHACA REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS Adirondack Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (AC/NARGS). Free and open to all. acnargs.blogspot.com. 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. suerambo.com.
CLASSES / EVENTS Frequent host: CP: Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquire ahead for meeting places. 607/255-2400; cornellplantations.org.
May 27: Wildflower Walk, 1 – 2 pm. See description under May 6. Free. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Visitor Center, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca. CP June 16: Super Tufa Planter, 10 am – 12 pm. Make your own tufa container to plant for summer. Three shapes to choose from. $28. Registration required by June 13. Bakers Acres, 1104 Auburn Road (Route 34), Groton. 607/533-4653; bakersacres.net. June 16 – September 29: Botanical Garden Highlights Tour, Saturdays, 1 pm. Enjoy a guided tour through the Botanical Garden to discover the beauty and diversity of numerous theme gardens. Tour content will vary from week to week. Free. Meet: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Garden. CP T- June 17: Garden Tour, 1 – 5 pm. Lakeside Views. Presented by Southern Cayuga Garden Club. Tour six gardens in Union Springs. $10; day of, gazebo, Route 90, Union Springs. socayugagardenclub.org. June 17 – September 30: Arboretum Highlights Tour, Sundays, 1 pm. Guided tour of F.R. Newman Arboretum’s tree and shrub collections, and diverse ornamental garden plantings. Tour content will vary from week to week. Free. Meet: Sculpture Garden, F.R. Newman Arboretum. CP T- July 14: Dryden Open Gate Garden & Art Tour, 9 am – 2 pm. See four gardens with original art on display and for sale. Includes shuttle. $5; $4 seniors. Municipal parking lot, George Street, Dryden. drydenbeautification.weebly.com. Save the date…
• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours.
T- August 4: Open Days Garden Tours, 10 am – 4 pm. Tour four private gardens in Tompkins County. Rain or shine. $5 per garden. ccetompkins.org.
REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
Bonsai Society of Upstate New York meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, Buckland Park, 1341 Westfall Road, Rochester. 585/334-2595; bonsaisocietyofupstateny.org. Fairport Garden Club meets the thirrd Thursday evening of each month (except August and January). Accepting new members. email@example.com; fairportgardenclub.org. Garden Club of Brockport meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm, Clarkson Schoolhouse, Ridge Road, east of Route 19. Speakers, hands-on sessions. Kathy Dixon: 585/431-0509; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.com. 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 Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (GVC NARGS) meets monthly from April through October. May 9, 6:30 pm, The Maturation of the Gardens at Les Quatre Vents, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. June 16: Building a Pocket-Size Rock Garden, demonstration, Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor-Pittsford Road, Victor. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org; gvnargs.blogspot. com. Newsletter: email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. 585/599-3502; eschnell@rochester. rr.com.
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Calendar ROCHESTER REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS 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. email@example.com; rochesterperennial.com. 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; rocrose.org. Henrietta Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month (except July and August) at 6:45 pm, Henrietta Town Hall (lower level, door facing library). Open to all interested in gardens, flowers, and sharing information about plants. email@example.com. 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.
Frequent hosts BRI: Bristol’s Garden Center, 7454 Victor Pittsford Road, Victor, NY. 585/924-2274; bristolsgardencenter.com. CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585/343-3040; genesee. cce.cornell.edu. CCE/MON: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Monroe County, 249 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. 585/461-1000; counties.cce.cornell.edu/monroe. CCE/WAC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wayne County, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, NY 14513. 315/331-8415; counties. cce.cornell.edu/wayne. GEH: George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester. 585/271-3361 x224. eastmanhouse.org. GLT: Genesee Land Trust, 46 Prince Street, Suite LL005, Rochester, NY 14607. 585/256-2130; firstname.lastname@example.org; geneseelandtrust.org. LET: Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427; 585/493-3625.
Kendall Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Kendall Town Hall. 585/6598289; justadesignabove.com.
LIN: Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Linwood, NY 14486. 585/584-3913; linwoodgardens.org.
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; email@example.com.
RBC: Rochester Butterfly Club. Field trips last about 2 hours, some continue into the afternoon, especially those that are further away. Due to ticks, wear long pants tucked into socks and use insect repellent. Free and open to the public. rochesterbutterflyclub. org.
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 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. Soil, Toil & Thyme Garden Club. 585/589-1640; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
RCGC: Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620. 585/473-5130; rcgc.org. RPC: Rochester Permaculture Center, PO Box 18212, Rochester, NY 14618. 585/5066505; email@example.com; rochesterpermacultureinstitute.org. SG: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 585/394-4922; sonnenberg.org. WAY: Wayside Garden Center, 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Road (Route 31), Macedon, NY 14502. 585/223-1222 x100; firstname.lastname@example.org; waysidegardencenter.com.
Ongoing through August 25: Master Gardener Makeover Contest. Presented by Master Gardeners of Orleans County. 585/798-4265; email@example.com.
T- Indicates garden tours.
Ongoing May – September: Historic Garden Tours. Docent-led tours share historic photographs and details about the landscape during George Eastman’s residency, 1905-1932. GEH
Ongoing: Landscape Design Advice, Saturday & Sunday afternoons. A professional designer will go over your photos, measurements, and site orientation then give a basic landscape design and advice on implementing the project. 30 minutes. Appointment required. WAY
S- May 5: Plant Sale – Victor Garden Club, 9 – 11 am. Perennials, ground covers, herbs. Grown by club members or donated by community members. Proceeds benefit civic beautification projects. Victor Free Library, 15 West Main Street, Victor.
S- Indicates plant sales.
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May 5: Garden Maintenance Skills, 9 am – 12 noon. Christine Froehlich will discuss planting, watering, soil preparation (including composting and mulch), fertilizers, deadheading and basic pruning, pest and disease monitoring, and perennial division. Outdoor class. $32 members; $42 non-members. Registration required. RCGC May 5: Garden Cleanup, 9:30 – 11:30 am. Volunteer to help the Friends of Ganondagan clean up gardens, trails, and site perimeter. Part of NYS I Love My Park Day initiative. Refreshments. Registration requested: ptny.org/ilovemypark. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. 585-742-1690; friends@ frontiernet.net. May 5: Spring Wildflowers, 10 am. Led by Carl Herrgesell, Frank Crombe, Rick Iuli. Thousand Acre Swamp, 158l Jackson Road, Penfield. 585/586-6677; facebook.com/ thousandacreswamp. May 5: Wildflower Walk, 10 am – 12 pm. Naturalists Dave and Carol Southby will lead this exploration of a hillside trail to see the first flowers of spring. Optional extension into wetland, muddy spots and poison ivy, dress appropriately. Meet: Bunker Hill entrance. Garargua Creek Meadow Preserve, Macedon. GLT • May 5: Mother’s Day Container Planting Workshop, 2 – 4 pm. Adults & children welcome. Bring your own container or purchase on-site. Soil, plants & assistance provided. Registration required. WAY May 5: Garden Blessing and Tour, 4 – 7 pm. Tour edible forest garden, permaculture systems, and perennial vegetables. Potluck dinner to follow. $3-$33, sliding scale. Registration required. RPC May 5 – 6: Spring Wildflowers Days, 10 am – 4 pm. Rare, native wildflowers in a garden setting. Large selection of potted native perennial plants available for sale. Amanda’s Garden, 8410 Harper’s Ferry Road, Springwater. 585/750-6288; firstname.lastname@example.org; amandagarden. com. May 5 – 6: Ganondagan Opening Weekend. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. ganondagan.org. May 6: Plant Walk, 10 am. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. ganondagan.org. May 6: Tree Whisperer Workshop, 12 – 4 pm. Join Dr. Jim Conroy, The Tree Whisperer, for Tree Whispering and Cooperative BioBalance – Paradigm Shifting to Restore Balance in Nature in Your Backyard. Ellwanger Estate, Rochester. $25. Registration required. 585/727-3346. May 6 – June 3: Flower City Days at The Market. Sundays, May 6 – June 3; Friday, May 25; Monday, May 28. Over 250 local nurseries and growers selling plants and garden accessories. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union Street, Rochester. May 7 – 8: Hypertufa Garden Troughs, Monday 7 – 9 pm; Tuesday 7 – 8 pm. Alana Miller will guide participants through the creation of their own hypertufa planter. Materials included. $65 members; $75 non-members. Registration required. RCGC May 8: Edible Forest Garden Tour, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Tour the Rochester Permaculture Center to see what’s in bloom. $5-$25, sliding scale. RPC May 9: Spring Blooms Tour, 6 – 7:30 pm. Michael Hannen will lead a guided tour of his home based nursery focusing on unusual spring-
bloomers. Arrive early to shop or preview the gardens. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required. RCGC May 9: Garden Weeds, 6 – 8 pm. Master Gardeners will show how to identify and control weeds. $12. Registration required. CCE/GC May 10: Wildflower Walk, 1 – 4 pm. Upper and Middle Falls area. One mile. Meet: Museum parking lot. LET S- May 10: Plant Sale – Genesee Valley Hosta Society, 6 pm. Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park, Rochester. 585/538-2280; email@example.com. May 10: Soirée - The Nashes’ Glorious Garden in May, 6:30 – 8 pm. Stroll the garden, enjoy refreshments and primulas, heathers, daffodils, trillium, flowering currant, mertensia, rhododendrons, azaleas, bleeding hearts, the new foliage of Japanese maples, and more. $12. Registration required. RCGC May 11 – 20: Lilac Festival. Highland Park, Rochester. lilacfestival.com. May 11 – 20: Visit Ellwanger Garden, 10 am – 4 pm. Open during Lilac Festival. Historic landscape originally planted in 1867 by nurseryman George Ellwanger. Few blocks from Lilac festivities. $5 suggested donation. Ellwanger Garden, 625 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. Landmark Society of Western NY, 585/546-7029 x15; landmarksociety.org. S- May 11 – 20: Plant Sale – Master Gardeners of Monroe County, 10 am – 8 pm. Locally grown annuals, perennials, organic vegetables,
herbs, shrubs, trees. Lilacs grown by Lilac Hill, aka Doc Lilac. Master Gardeners available to answer questions. CCE/MON S- May 12: Plant Sale – Master Gardeners of Wayne County, 8 – 11:30 am. Plants provided by local nurseries and from Master Gardeners’ private collections. CCE/WAC S- May 12: Plant Sale – Webster Arboretum, 8 am – 12 pm. Perennials from standard to uncommon, annuals, lilacs, dwarf conifers, geraniums, dahlias, various garden club offerings and more. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster. websterarboretum. org. S- May 12: Plant Sale – Rochester Dahlia Society, 8 am – 12 pm. Dahlia plants and tubers. Kent Park, Arboretum Plant Sale, Webster. S- May 12: Plant Sale – Master Gardeners of Ontario County, 9 – 11:30 am. Shop plants from the gardens of over 20 Master Gardeners. Bring boxes to carry purchases. Proceeds benefit Master Gardener educational outreach. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua. 585/394-3977 x427; firstname.lastname@example.org. S- May 12: Garden Day & Plant Sale – Master Gardeners of Wyoming County, 9 am – 1 pm. Locally grown herbs, vegetables, annuals and perennials from nurseries and Master Gardener collections. Local craft vendors, educational demonstrations, children’s activities, free soil pH testing. Master Gardeners available to answer gardening questions. Free. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County,
401 North Main Street, Warsaw. counties.cce. cornell.edu/Wyoming. S- May 12: North Winton Village Plant Sale, 9 am – 2 pm. Hanging baskets, annuals & perennials. Benefits North Winton Village Neighborhood Association. Corner Humboldt Street & North Winton Road. S- May 12: Historic Plant Sale, 10 am – 4 pm. Perennials and woody plants grown from seeds or cuttings from the historic Eastman House gardens. GEH May 12: Mother’s Day Combination Planter, 11 am – 12 pm. Choose a basket or decorative pot to fill with colorful long-blooming annuals. Add a bow and gift tag if desired. $25. Registration required. BRI • May 12: Mother’s Day Combination Planter – for Kids, 11 am – 12 pm. Children create a gift for Mom. $15; 2 or more siblings $10 each. Registration required. BRI • May 12: Mother’s Day Container Planting Workshop, 11 am – 1 pm. See description under May 5. Registration required. WAY May 12: Wildflower Walk, 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Lower Canyon Woods. One mile. Meet: Parade Grounds parking lot. LET May 12: Container Gardening, 2 pm. Mary MossSprague, Master Gardener and author of Stand Up and Garden, will present her techniques for growing vegetables in containers and strawbased raised beds, her composting techniques and more. Book signing. Free. Registration required. WAY
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Calendar ROCHESTER continued May 12: Permaculture Design Course. Thirteen day design certificate course, one Sunday per month, May 2012 – April 2013. $900-$1000, sliding scale. Registration required. RPC May 12 – 13: Linwood Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, 9 am – 5 pm. Historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of Japanese and American tree peonies. $8; $10 guided tour. LIN S- May 13: Plant Sale – Rochester Dahlia Society, 8 am – 1 pm. Dahlia plants and tubers. Rochester Public Market. May 13: Edible Mushroom Inoculation for Backyard Growers and Gardeners, 10 am – 4 pm. Steve Gabriel, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, will lead this part science, part art project of edible mushroom growing. $60-$100, sliding scale. Registration required. RPC May 14: The Nature Photography of Nigel P. Kent, 7 pm. Lecture and PowerPoint show will focus on Nigel’s Big Woods images and other photos of Trust protected lands. Webster Public Library, 980 Ridge Road, Webster. GLT May 16: The Buzz on Bees, 6 pm. Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants and providing many of our fruits and vegetables. Instructor: Charlie Augrom. Free. Kennedy Building, Genesee County Fair Grounds, Route 5, Batavia. CCE/GC
Street, Rochester. 585/232-1463; rochesterroots. org. May 19: Landscape Design, 2 pm. Presented by Master Gardener Gerry Benedict. Free. Registration required. WAY May 19 – 20: Linwood Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, 9 am – 5 pm. See description under May 12 – 13. $8; $10 guided tour. LIN May 19 – 20: Bonsai Open House & Sale, 10 am – 4 pm. International Bonsai Arboretum, 1070 Martin Road, West Henrietta. 585/334-2595; internationalbonsai.com. May 19 – 20: Bonsai Exhibition & Sale, 10 am – 5 pm. Presented by Bonsai Society of Upstate NY. Ikebana demonstration, Sunday, 2 pm, presented by Ikebana International Chapter 53. $5; $3 seniors. Monroe Community Hospital. 585/3342595; bonsaisocietyofupstateny.org. May 20: Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes – Spring Garden Party, 12 – 5 pm. Presented by Canandaigua Wine Trail. Wine tasting & seminars, live music, vendors. Rain or shine. $40; $75 couple. Sonnenberg Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua.canandaiguawinetrail.com. May 20: Beginning Biochar Workshop, 3 – 4:30 pm. Introduction to making and using biochar to improve garden soil. Registration required. RPC May 20 – October 8: Fashions & Flowers Exhibit. Sonnenberg Gardens Mansion. Included with admission. SG
May 17: Wildflower Walk, 1 – 4 pm. Lee’s Landing. One mile. Meet: Parade Grounds parking lot. LET
May 22 & 24: Advanced Professional Floral Design Certificate - Sympathy Arrangements, 6:30 – 9 pm. Alana Miller will focus on free-standing easel sprays, large one-sided arrangements for visitation, and altar, religious, and theme wreaths. Students will take home all arrangements created during class. Prerequisite: Intermediate Professional Floral Design program or floral shop experience. $150 members; $225 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
S- May 18 – 19: Plant Sale – Bloomfield Garden Club, Friday 1 – 5 pm; Saturday 9 am – 3 pm. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, newto-you garden tools, books, pots, etc. Bloomfield Historical Academy Building, 8 South Avenue, Bloomfield.
May 23: Create a Container Garden, 6 pm. Create and take home a container of annuals. Bring container, no bigger than 14” across. Potting soil & annuals provided. $25. Registration required by May 16. Kennedy Building, Genesee County Fair Grounds, Route 5, Batavia. CCE/GC
S- May 19: Plant Sale – Mill Creek Gardeners, 8 am – 12 pm. Well-established plants from members’ gardens. Detailed cultural information provided for all plants. Proceeds help support Webster Arboretum. 585/265-9819; email@example.com. 585/671-5557; firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 26: A Walk in the Big Woods, 8 am. Join John Boettcher and Norma Platt to explore field and forest habitats. Sturdy walking shoes recommended; binoculars helpful. Meet: parking lot, corner Vosburg and Drumm Roads, Webster. GLT
S- May 19: Native Plant Sale – Genesee Land Trust, 8:30 am – 2 pm. Native plants, shrubs, trees and herbs. Purchase Backyard Habitat Tour tickets. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester. GLT
S- May 26: Proud Market Plant Sale, 8 am. Shop all manner of plants, many of them unusual or hard to find, from garden clubs and small independent plant specialists. Perennials, shrubs, trees, annuals and vegetables. RCGC
S- May 19: Plant Sale – Henrietta Garden Club, 9 am – 5 pm. Homegrown plants. Gro-Moore Farms, 2811 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta. email@example.com.
S- May 26: Plant Sale – Rochester Dahlia Society, 8 am – 12 pm. Dahlia plants and tubers. RCGC, Proud Market Plant Sale, 5 Castle Park, Rochester.
S- May 19: Spring Garden Gala – Master Gardeners of Genesee County, 10 am – 1 pm. Plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants, chance auction, free soil pH testing and gardening advice by Master Gardeners. CCE/GC
May 26 – 28: Linwood Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. See description under May 12 – 13. $8; $10 guided tour. LIN
May 16: Spring Tour – Trees of Highland Park, 6 – 8 pm. Join arborphile and local tree expert Jim Atwater for a tour of this living museum of unusual plants from around the globe. Be prepared to walk a moderate distance over hilly terrain. $15 members; $20 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
May 19: Spring Planting for an Early Harvest, 1 – 4 pm. Get an early start on the growing season through the direct seeding of peas, beans, root crops, and leafy greens which thrive in cool weather. Includes seeds. $15. Registration required. Rochester Roots, 121 N. Fitzhugh
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S- May 27: Plant Sale – Rochester Dahlia Society, 8 am – 1 pm. Dahlia plants and tubers. Rochester Public Market. May 28: Memorial Tree Walk, 2 – 4 pm. Visit historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate and view two state champions. One mile. Meet: Museum parking
lot. LET June 1: Late Spring Native Wildflower Identification, 10 am. Hands-on workshop to help participants learn to identify spring wildflowers. Registration required. Amanda’s Garden, 8410 Harper’s Ferry Road, Springwater. 585/750-6288; firstname.lastname@example.org; amandagarden.com. June 2: Odyssey to Ithaca, 8 am - 6:30 pm. Tour the Botanical Garden at Cornell Plantations and Bluegrass Lane, where Cornell runs their flower trials. Baker’s Acres, for a buffet lunch and shopping. Cayuga Landscaping, the Plantsmen Nursery, and Bedlam Gardens. Travel by luxury coach with ample room for purchases. Lunch included. $60. Registration required. RCGC June 2: Iris Exhibit, 9:30 am. Greater Rochester Iris Society will display irises from members’ gardens. Public invited to vote for their favorites. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. 585/599-3502; email@example.com. June 2: Got Woods, Keep Woods, 9:30 am – 1 pm. Discussion will address how to have a successful timber harvest. $10. Registration required by May 25. CCE/WAC June 2 – 3: Peony Weekend. Ellwanger Garden, 625 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. Landmark Society of Western NY. 585/546-7029; landmarksociety. org. June 3: Women’s Sunday Afternoon Tea, 1 – 4 pm. Learn about the benefits of teas, work together to plant a spiral herb garden, learn to identify some beneficial native plants. Tea tasting. Rain or shine. $45-$60, sliding scale. Registration required. Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm, 2480 Arcadia Zurich Road, Newark. RPC June 6: Create a Tomato & Herb Container Garden with the Tomato Queen, 6:30 – 8 pm. Audrey Deane will lead a tour of her edible landscape in Webster then guide participants in planting their choice of compact tomatoes, vegetables and herbs in a container to take home. Bring 12-16” container; all other materials included. $25 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. RCGC T- June 9: Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. Tour five gardens in Brighton, East Rochester, Fairport, & Pittsford. Rain or shine. $12. gvoc.org. June 9: Moss Hanging Basket, 11 am – 12pm. Choose annuals for sun or shade in an array of color combinations. $25. Registration required. BRI June 9 – 10: National Bonsai Exhibition, 9 am – 5 pm. Over 100 different species and cultivars will be displayed, demonstrations, vendors. $15. Monroe County Fair & Expo Center, Henrietta. internationalbonsai.com. June 10: Building a Solar Food Dehydrator, 1 – 4 pm. Build a solar food dehydrator from salvaged materials. Learn about the benefits of dehydrating for food preservation. $30-$45, sliding scale. Registration required. RPC June 11: Roses & Rosés, 6 – 8 pm. Featuring wine and food pairings in the gardens, live music, silent auction. Advance: $25; $45 couple. Door: $30; $60 couple. SG June 12: Wildflowers, Butterflies & Birds, 10 am. Sherwood Fields Park, Penfield. Joint trip with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. Meet: Light post #23, Wegmans parking lot, Route 441, Penfield. 585/383-8168. RBC
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Calendar ROCHESTER continued June 15 – August 3: Botanical Drawing, 6 sessions, 9 am – 12 pm. Deb VerHulst-Norris, 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 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. $99 members; $120 non-members. Registration required. RCGC June 16: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9 am. Wesley Hill Preserve, Naples. Meet: Park and Ride, Bushnell’s Basin exit of I-490. Bring lunch. 585/425-2380. RBC June 16: Summer Pruning, 9 am – 12 pm. Learn how to properly prune flowering trees and shrubs, as well as broadleaf evergreens and conifers, in this hands-on workshop with Mike Tanzini of Ted Collins Tree & Landscape. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of pruning techniques. $36 members; $46 non-members. Registration required. RCGC T- June 20: Garden Tour, 4 – 8 pm. Welcome to Summer. Featuring gardens in the Sodus/Sodus Point area. Purchase tickets by June 15. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. CCE/WAC June 20: Living Wreath Workshop, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Sue Lang and Sheryl Roets of Gallea’s Greenhouses will help participants choose from an assortment of succulents and flowering and foliage plants to create a wreath that can be used outdoors through the summer and then brought inside. Materials included. $65. Registration required. RCGC June 21: Visit Rochester’s Castle, 6:30 – 8 pm. Guided tours of historic Warner Castle and its grounds, including the Alling DeForestdesigned courtyard and sunken gardens. Enjoy refreshments and peruse the horticultural library. $12. RCGC June 22: Wildlife Gardens / Pollinator Gardens, 10 am. Hands-on workshop. Learn to design gardens with wildlife and pollinators in mind. Registration required. Amanda’s Garden, 8410 Harper’s Ferry Road, Springwater. 585/750-6288; email@example.com; amandagarden. com. June 22: Edible Forest Gardens: Growing a Food Paradise, 7 – 9 pm. Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm will discuss and share images of a thriving edible forest garden. Learn how to use the plants and other yields in your own garden. $8-$20, sliding scale. First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester. RPC
Rochester. 585/232-1463; rochesterroots.org. June 26: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Mendon Ponds Park. Meet: Visitors’ Center parking lot, Pond Road. 585/425-2380. RBC June 26: The Romance of the Rose – Advanced Spiral Arrangement Technique, 7 – 9 pm. Floral designer Alana Miller will explore the romantic world of the rose in folklore and history. She will guide students through the creation of a high-design spiral arrangement using this classic flower. $47 members; $57 non-members. Registration required. RCGC June 27: Useful and Beautiful Groundcovers, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Join Karen Klingenberger, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener coordinator, in her Greece garden where she will discuss the many different groundcovers that she uses to her advantage. She will also discuss current Cornell research on the best groundcovers for weed suppression combined with good habit. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Registration required. RCGC • June 28: Grow it, Try it, Like it! – Day Camp for Kids, 9 am – 3 pm. Kids learn how to be localvores, plant a vegetable garden, make healthy snacks, become food detectives and play “Minute to Win it” style games. Ages 8-11. $25. Registration required. CCE/MON
July 11: Flower Arranging from Your Back Yard, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tour Master Gardener Laurie Burtner’s 3½ acres of diverse landscape containing mixed sunny borders, shady beds and woodland gardens. She will talk about flowers and greenery that work well in arrangements, how to cut and condition the material, and will demonstrate creating a variety of arrangements from the garden. $18 members; $25 nonmembers. Registration required. RCGC July 12: Garden Vibes Concert, 6 – 8 pm. Music by Matuto; catered concessions and children’s activities. $12 adults; $5 ages 13-18; free ages 5-12. GEH July 13: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm. Tullamore Celtic Band & Young School of Irish Dance. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 ages 6-17; 5 and under free. SG
June 28: 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 14: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 10 am. Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve. Joint outing with Genesee Land Trust. Meet: Creekside entrance, near intersection Wilkinson & Victor Roads, Wayne County. Bring lunch. 585/3838168. RBC
June 30: Workshop – Summer Propagation of Woody Ornamentals at Coldwater Pond Nursery, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Join Ted Hildebrant and Elly Keyel at their nursery in Phelps for this hands-on workshop. Learn grafting, budding and cutting techniques. Materials included. $38 members; $48 non-members. Registration required. RCGC
T- Saturday, July 14: RCGC Summer Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. The Best of Brighton – Formal, Funky and Fun. Tour eight gardens with a variety of styles ranging from two examples of the work of landscape architect Fletcher Steele to the gardens of two local artists and the labors of love of some talented homeowners. Advance: $15 members; $20 non-members. Day of: $20. RCGC
July 6: Moonlight Stroll Music Series, 8 – 10 pm. 198th Army Division Concert Band. $7 members; $9 non-members; $4 ages 6-17; 5 and under free. SG
T- July 14: Garden Path Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. Presented by Master Gardeners of Orleans County. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orleans County. 585/798-4265; firstname.lastname@example.org; cceorleans.shutterfly.com/mastergardeners.
July 7: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9:30 am. Thousand Acre Swamp. Joint trip with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. Be prepared for poison ivy, mosquitoes, and possibly muddy trails. 585/385-3907. RBC July 7: From the Earth, 10 am – 5 pm. Be inspired by flower gardens and educational activities including an organic dairy farm, alpacas, goats, timber framing, pottery studio, bird walk. Multiple locations around Alfred, Alfred Station & Almond. 607/382-7811; facebook.com/ fromtheearth.
T- June 23: Backyard Habitat Tour, 9 am – 4 pm. Featured gardens are located in Brighton, Bushnell’s Basin, Fairport and Webster ending on Lake Ontario. GLT
S- July 8: Daylily Sale, 8 am – 12 pm. Over 40 varieties to choose from; advice on selection and care available. Visit nationally recognized daylily display garden with over 250 varieties including 30 new varieties. Webster Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster. websterarboretum.org.
June 23: Living Wreath, 11 am – 12 pm. Create a wreath of multi-hued succulent plants which, with proper care, will last more than one season. $35. Registration required. BRI
July 8: 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.
June 23: From Greenhouse to Ground Transplanting Techniques, 1 – 4 pm. Learn how to properly prepare the soil, form companion planting guilds, and transplant a selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that were started in the greenhouse. $15. Registration required. Rochester Roots, 121 N. Fitzhugh Street,
July 10: Butterflies and the Plants They Need, 9 am. Hi Tor area, Naples. Meet: Park and Ride, Bushnell’s Basin exit of I-490. Bring lunch. 585/383-8168. RBC
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MON July 10: Create a Container Garden of Flowers and Herbs, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Sue Lang and Sheryl Roets of Gallea’s Greenhouses will guide participants in planting a decorative container with a selection of herbs and flowering plants. Materials included. $40. Registration required. RCGC
• July 10: Grow it, Try it, Like it! – Day Camp for Kids, 9 am – 3 pm. See description under June 28. Ages 8-11. $25. Registration required. CCE/
Save the Date… July 17: 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. T- July 21: Webster Village Garden Tour, 1 – 4 pm. Tour maps, photos and descriptions on website after July 1. Free; donations to Webster Museum appreciated. 585/265-9819; email@example.com; villageofwebster.com. S- July 29: Iris Rhizome Sale, 10 am – 2 pm. Presented by Greater Rochester Iris Society. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester. 585/599-3502; firstname.lastname@example.org. August 5: Christine Sevilla Wetlands Preserve, 10 am. Naturalist Steve Daniel will lead this walk to explore birds, butterflies, dragonflies and native plants at this wetlands preserve. Wear waterproof boots. 3799 Iroquois Road, Caledonia. GLT August 18 – 19: Arts at the Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm. Fine art & craft show featuring 100 artists from across the US. Rain or shine. SG September 8: Fall Plant Sale. GEH
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Calendar ROCHESTER continued September 10 – 16: Greentopia Festival. Exhibitors, speakers, vendors, artists. High Falls, Rochester. greentopiafestival.com.
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September 14 – 23: Italy – Grapes & Gardens. Travel with Marjorie Case of Travel Buds to visit Rome, Tuscany & the Lake District. travelbuds.net. September 28 – 30: Dr. Allan Armitage at Sonnenberg. allanarmitage.net. SG
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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; email@example.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. 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Koi and Water Garden Society of Central New York usually meets the third Monday of each month at 7 pm. See web site for meeting locations. 315/4583199; cnykoi.com. Syracuse Rose Society meets the second Thursday of every month (except December and February) at 7 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. email@example.com; syracuserosesociety.org. Williamson Garden Club. On-going community projects; free monthly lectures to educate the community about gardening. Open to all. 315/524-4204. firstname.lastname@example.org; grow-thewilliamsongardenclub.blogspot.com.
Frequent host BWNC: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY. 315/673-1350; baltimorewoods
Classes / Events
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• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. S- Indicates plant sales. T- Indicates garden tours. May 5: Gardening Seminars, 9 – 11 am. Rugged Plants for Tough Sites and No-Plant Zones: Landscape alternatives where plants just won’t work. Free. Sollecito Landscaping Nursery, 4094 Howlett Hill Road, Syracuse. 315/4681142; sollecito.com. May 5 – 6: Wildflower Walk, 2 – 3 pm. Caretaker Audrey Loewer will lead walk through the woodland wildflower garden. Handicap accessible; call ahead if assistance is required. Donations appreciated. BWNC May 8: Signs of Spring, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Join a naturalist for a walk along Baltimore Brook in search of signs of spring. $5 members; $8 non-members. BWNC May 12 – 13: Wildflower Walk, 2 – 3 pm. See description under May 5 – 6. Donations appreciated. BWNC
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T- May 13: Mother’s Day Garden Tour, Fine Art Exhibit & Sale, 11 am – 4 pm. Proceeds benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Tour over 30 acres of gardens with flowering shrubs, trees, and bulbs. Picnicking encouraged. Rain or shine. $5 advance; $10 after May 4. Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. BWNC S- May 19: Native Plant Sale, 9 am – 2 pm. Ferns, spring & summer flowering natives, including red & white trillium, herbs, hanging baskets all grown by local growers. Rain or shine. Free. BWNC May 26: Container Gardening Workshop, 10 am – 12 pm. Mix soil and take home your very own “salad bowl” garden. Bring one medium, 6” deep pot, gardening gloves, and trowel. $20 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. BWNC T- June 15 – 16: Garden Tour, 10 am – 4 pm. What’s Blooming. Presented by Skaneateles Garden Club. Tour 7 residential gardens in Skaneateles. $20. June 23: Rose Show. Hosted by Syracuse Rose Society. Carousel Mall, Syracuse. syracuserosesociety.org. June 23: Herb & Flower Festival, 9 am – 3:30 pm. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany. 736/3394 x125; counties.cce.cornell.edu/oneida.
315/575-8839; email@example.com; cnylandtrust. org. • July 9 – 20: Nature and Art Camp, 10 am – 3 pm. Nature will be the creative muse for 4th & 5th grade students. Registration required. BWNC
Classes / Events • Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families. May 5: Wild Edibles, 10 – 11:30 am. Indoor presentation followed by a hike to search for wild edibles along the trail. Ages 16 and older. $3; $5 family. Registration required. PINE
• July 9 – August 10: Voyager Camps, 10 am – 3 pm. Week-long theme camps for 5th-8th graders. Registration required. BWNC • July 9 – August 31: Summer Nature Day Camp, 10 am – 3 pm. Ages 5-12 enjoy week-long sessions of educational activities and outdoor play. Before & after care available. Registration required. BWNC
May 6: Lupine Walk, 1 – 2 pm. Hike over rolling terrain to explore Karner Blue butterfly habitat and discover wild blue lupine. Meet: Madison Avenue Extension trailhead. $3; $5 family. Registration required. PINE
July 14 – 15: Finger Lakes Lavender Festival. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles. 315/685-5369; lockwoodfarm. blogspot.com.
• May 13: Plant a Flower, 1 – 2 pm. Learn about the natural history of the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem. Participants will plant seeds of native Pine Bush plants to take home. $3; $5 family. Registration required. PINE
• July 16 – August 24: Summer Nature Day Camp – Teens, 10 am – 3 pm. Ages 13-15 engage in hands-on learning experiences that will challenge their minds, develop new skills, and dig deeper into nature conservation. Registration required. BWNC
May 19: Pre-Season Plant Sale, 10 am – 2 pm. Dig to order perennials, annuals, vegetables including heirloom tomatoes. See the first flowers of the season and learn about volunteer opportunities. The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, 518/585-2821; fortticonderoga.org.
• May 19: Lupine Festival, 10 am – 4 pm. Hikes, interactive games, face painting, make and take crafts, refreshments. Rain or shine. Free. PINE
T- June 23: Solstice Garden Tour & Plant Sale, 11 am – 4 pm. Proceeds benefit Central New York Land Trust. Tour Sycamore Hill Gardens, a private property containing over 25 acres of landscaped gardens, ponds, paths, and outdoor statuary from artists all over the world. Live music, entertainment, picnicking encouraged. Rain or shine. $5 advance; $10 door; children 12 and under free. 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus.
June 1: Garden Opens. The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga. 518/585-2821; fortticonderoga.org.
Frequent host PINE: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY. 518/456-0655; albanypinebush.org.
Deadline for Calendar Listings for the next issue (July – August) is Friday, June 8, 2012. Please send your submissions to deb@ upstategardenersjournal.com.
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This issue’s guest expert is Janet Allen. Janet is president and cofounder of the local Wild Ones chapter Habitat Gardening in Central New York (HGCNY). She is a past member of the Wild Ones Board of Directors.
Q: “I don’t see as many bees in my gardens as I used to. Are there certain plants that I can grow that will attract other pollinators to my yard?” A: After replacing our lawn with bee-friendly native plants, we’re enjoying an increasing abundance of busy, buzzing bees and other pollinators that make our yard come alive. Some of the herbaceous plants we grow that pollinators especially like are: • Hyssop, such as anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) • Milkweed, such as swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) or butterfly weed (A. tuberosa), which also help monarch butterflies • Joe-pye weed such as Eupatorium maculatum • Annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus) • Woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) • Monardas such as M. didyma or M. fistulosa • Liatris such as L. spicata • Penstemon such as P. digitalis • Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) or other mints • Goldenrods, such as stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida), blue wreath goldenrod (S. caesia), or rough goldenrod (S. rugosa) or its cultivar ‘Fireworks’ • Asters, such as New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) or New York aster (S. novi-belgii) • Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) Some woody plants: • Serviceberry, such as Amelanchier canadensis or A. arborea
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• Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) • Native roses such as Rosa virginiana or R. carolina • Pussy willow (Salix discolor) • American basswood (Tilia americana), known as “bee tree” And even plants in our edible garden: • Blueberries such as Vaccinium corymbosum • Raspberries such as red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) Be aware that some cultivars or hybrids of native plants don’t even produce pollen. For example, sunflowers such as Helianthus annuus are pollen-rich, but some commercial varieties developed for cutting have no pollen at all. Not just flowers The best pollinator habitat needs nesting places, too. Old logs full of holes are good for some pollinators, but many others, such as bumblebees, need some patches of bare ground. Finally, as the Xerces Society Guide points out, “All of the flowers in the world will not help if the pollinators are then poisoned with insecticides.” To learn more: Xerces Society Guide Attracting Native Pollinators – Highly recommended! The Xerces Society website: xerces.org The Pollinator Partnership: pollinator.org Visit the bees in our habitat garden: ourhabitatgarden.org/creatures/bees.html
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Bike/Fitness Path (partial view)
Alexander Central School plans an outdoor classroom
Path (partial view)
Elementary School and Green House Location
by Nicole Kelly
ABOVE AND ACROSS: Alexander Central School plans and key
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A committee composed of school and community e know that a lot of learning occurs members as well as horticulture and landscape outside the classroom. But at Genesee professionals is actively working on applying for County’s Alexander Elementary School, other grant monies, community sponsors, and in kind a lot of learning will also occur in a “certified outside services and supplies. classroom.” In the fall of 2011, Ellie Jinks, long time The Alexander school district hired a team Alexander Central School teacher, applied for and was from Nature Explore to design the natural classroom awarded a $50,000 “Pepsi Refresh Your World” grant and Sheila Hess to manage the project. Sheila is a to be used to develop a unique space that will allow district parent and owner of Conservation Connect, children to not only play, but to learn in nature. It will an environmental resource for communities and be the first outdoor classroom in upstate New York conservation organizations. The outdoor classroom certified by the Nature Explore Classroom Certification will feature distinct learning areas or stations for Program. to Creek/Overlook everything from math, movement, and arts, to areas A three-acre open space adjacent Path to Alexander’s for bird watching. Students will be able to learn elementary school has been designated for the outdoor addition and subtraction with natural items such classroom. It will encompass the current nature study as pinecones and stones, biology by collecting and area that includes beautiful mature trees and a small analyzing specimens from the nearby stream, and wooded area sloping down to a stream. The school language arts by recollection and writing about outdoor seeks to enhance the use and visibility of the existing experiences. There are also plans for a greenhouse, space by utilizing natural elements within the site and gardens, and a fitness and bike path. Teachers will be adding others for a wide range of student, school, and trained to use the outside classroom to incorporate community use. Initial plans call for an entry arbor New York State’s curriculum. It will also be a location and a small footbridge leading to a gathering place. The open to the community for individual use and events. emphasis will be on using all natural building supplies Ellie Jinks wanted to do something to bring and staying with the ecology of the area. children closer to nature and to honor the memory of The project will require much more funding her uncle Thomas Rider who was a long-term science than the original anchor grant, about $150,000.
Bike/Fitness Path (partial view)
Elementary School and Green House Location
Path to Creek/Overlook
Entry • Contextual arbor (picture 1) • Stamped concrete or • Fossil stone • Connect by road
Gathering ‘A’ • 8 natural benches (picture 5) • Wood decking
Messy materials • 12"-18" deep wood chips (picture 2) • 4'- 8' x 10"-20" diameter logs at perimeter • Log of interest • Giant tree cookies
Building ‘A’ • Tree cookie flooring (picture 7) • Large table (picture 8) • Storage Math • Classification tables • Items for sorting and • Counting (picture 12)
Nature art ‘A’ • Local regional flagstone • Large table (picture 4) • Storage
Bird watch • Natural benches • Native wildflowers/herbs • Bird feeders/houses • Bat box
Adventure platforms • 5' square platforms, accessible (picture 10) • Extend verticals, add horizontals • Log steps & balance beam • Fabric Nature art ‘B’ • Picnic table, drawing horses • Slate/plexiglas easel (picture 6) • Stump stools • Storage
teacher in the district, and instrumental in establishing the original nature study area in the 1980’s. “I thought by bringing students to the nature area I would be honoring his memory. I also felt I would be encouraging children to spend more time in nature. Children today do not spend nearly enough time outdoors in unstructured play settings,”.she said.
Gathering ‘B” • Stone council ring • EWF floor
Wheeled toy • Storage • 4' wide all-weather path
Open • Existing grass • Stone amphitheater (picture 11)
Music/movement • Accessible stage • Marimba/akambira (picture 9) • Storage
Sand/dirt digging • Raised beds • Ground bed with stone border • EWF floor, storage
Path thru plantings • Native/adapted plants & rocks (picture 3) • Varied bloomtime, color, size, etc. • Rock station, identification
Water • Recirculating hand pump (picture 13) • Wood deck • Rain gardens & bioswale • Stabilize swale with rock
Building ‘B’ • Wood decking • Vertical poles • Large logs & branches
Citing the 2007 critically acclaimed, best-selling book Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, the Alexander school district hopes it can do its part to inspire children in nature and save them from what Louv calls “nature deficit disorder.” You can view the school’s design by Nature Explore at sites.google. com/a/alexandercsd.org/outdoor-classroom
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What to do in the garden in May and June Lawn: Mow lawn at least three inches high. This encourages deeper, healthier root growth. Leave grass clippings on the lawn to provide nitrogen. The first application of lawn fertilizer can be put down around Memorial Day. If fertilizer was applied in fall a spring application often is not necessary. A top dressing of compost is an excellent soil amendment and natural fertilizer. For optimal pre-emergence crabgrass control, do not apply until soil is close to 60 degrees. Crabgrass doesn’t germinate until the soil temperature 2 inches deep is between 60 & 64 degrees. Applying when the ground is too cold is a waste of money and chemicals. Buying plants: Look for compact, healthy plants in bud. If you buy perennials in full bloom there will be fewer flowers left for the rest of the season. Annuals in full bloom use a lot of energy to keep the flowers going rather than setting new roots. Check for signs of insects or disease on both sides of the leaves. Check plant tags to make sure your growing conditions meet the plant’s needs and that the final height and width is appropriate for your space. A weak or diseased plant is no bargain. Buy yourself at least one new plant!
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Vegetables: Avoid overcrowding when planting. Good air circulation helps reduce fungal disease problems. Check the Cornell Recommended Vegetable list for suggested and disease resistant varieties. Plant your brassicas now, including: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and summer cabbage. Plant new batches of bush beans every few weeks to replace those that become exhausted. Leeks may be moved to their final growing place in the garden. Plant your tomatoes when the ground is warm. Don’t plant too early as this encourages blossom end rot. If you grew them from seed be sure to harden off your plants first. Some salad greens, radishes, and spring onions may be ready for harvesting. Begin staking tomato plants. Pinch out sucker growth. General Gardening: Leave bulb foliage intact until it yellows and wilts. The foliage is required to give the bulb energy for blooming next year. Watch for white trails on columbine leaves caused by leaf miner. Remove and destroy infested
leaves throughout the season. Pinch back perennials like phlox, beebalm, and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to control height or delay flowering. Control the height of Fall blooming perennials like aster and solidago by cutting back by ½ to 1/3 when the foliage is 1 to 2 feet tall. Cut back spring flowering perennials such as pulmonaria and perennial geraniums after they bloom to encourage the growth of new fresh foliage. Cut back some perennials such as sedums and echinacea before you see flower formation to delay blooming and to produce shorter more compact plants. Deadhead perennials regularly. Many perennials will rebloom if deadheaded promptly. Plant annuals in the bare spots in your perennial gardens. Start slug control and check for fourlined plant bug. Scout out and remove tent caterpillar nests. If deer are a problem, begin using deer repellants. Prune spring flowering trees and shrubs as they complete their bloom. Keep up with weeding. It’s much easier to remove a weed when it’s small. If you don’t have the time to weed at least remove the seed heads before it can drop seeds. Keep newly planted plants well watered. Renew mulch as necessary. Turn your compost. Thin out your fruit trees if necessary to ensure fruit of a reasonable size. Also make sure fruit trees receive adequate water. Give your houseplants a treat by placing them outdoors.
—Carol Ann Harlos & Lyn Chimera, Master Gardeners, Erie County
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16th Annual GPAS Notable Garden Tour “Neighbors and Neighborhoods” Saturday, June 16th from 10 amto 4 pm Self-guided tour of 7 Greece-area gardens, each with light refreshments, musical performances, and visual artists. Garden Market at the Greece Historical Society features a perennial plant sale, and arts and crafts vendors. For ticket outlets and info call the GPAS Hotline: (585) 234-5636 All proceeds benefit the Greece Performing Arts Society Garden Center • Shrubs • Trees • Perennials
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Buckle up and visit greenhouses just east of Buffalo by Colleen O’Neill Nice
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: At Bedfords Greenhouse in Akron, robust hanging bags are displayed on a tall picket fence. A large, colorful hanging basket at Bedfords Greenhouse. Floriferous, vibrant geraniums at Weeks Nursery in Clarence Center. 3 6 | M ay - j u n e 2 0 1 2
ver the years, I’ve traveled to over 75 nurseries in and around Buffalo and Rochester, sharing my adventures with upstate readers. On this, my seventh trip, my enthusiastic gardening friend Cathy joined me for the day. Starting with two nurseries in Clarence, our journey continued through Akron and Batavia, with a break for a satisfying lunch. Then we traveled to Alden and Elma, ending our day in East Aurora. Although this route is very manageable as a day trip, consider slowing it down by dividing the nurseries into two days. Plan a mini vacation with an overnight stay at the Asa Ransom House, a charming, romantic bed and breakfast centrally located. Learning from past excursions – 15 nurseries in 2005 and then 16 nurseries in 2006 –pacing oneself is important. After all, you surely would not want to hastily overlook a rare specimen by trying to cover too much ground. For those who just can’t take time out for a road trip, keep reading. You can certainly enjoy an armchair visit to the nurseries through my descriptions and photographs. Starting out bright and early at Weeks Nursery & Greenhouses, temptations inundate the “annual” plantaholic. A wagon or two or three – parked just left of the front entrance – is a downright necessity. Owner Tom Pfentner has been in the ‘growing’ business for 40 years. He worked for Mr. Weeks from the age of fourteen, later managing the business, then purchasing it in 1994. Several greenhouses are stocked full of annuals anxiously awaiting the perfect partners for dazzling mixed arrangements. I planted several Torenia ‘Summer Wave Blue’ in a double tiered planter on my shady, north facing porch. Purplishlavender blooms cascaded continuously from spring until frost on succulent green foliage. Surprisingly, the new torenias are much more floriferous than varieties I grew
in the past. Flats of old fashioned annuals basked in pure sunlight outside the greenhouses. Perfect for bedding, the numerous varieties include ageratum, alyssum, celosia, cleome, cosmos, dianthus, dusty miller, lobelia, marigolds, petunias, salvias, snapdragons, vinca, zinnias and more. Tom dedicates a huge greenhouse to a colorful collection of pelargoniums. These old fashioned geraniums have been a gardener’s favorite for over a hundred years and are still one of the most popular plants today. They love hot weather, tolerate drought and are deer resistant. Tom adds a twist to the traditional plant with three foot tall bush geraniums, in eight different colors. “Spectacular on a sunny porch or patio,” says Tom, “these unique giants produce 30 to 40 flowers per plant.” Colorful hanging baskets and mixed pots complement herbs, vegetables, tropicals and perennials throughout the greenhouses. Our next stop, Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse & Nursery, has been beautifying homes and gardens for over 30 years. Don and Teri Lavocat manage the business with help from their three children Kellie, Donald Jr. and Christopher. Eleven greenhouses are stocked with over 800 varieties of annuals, perennials and shrubs. Customers drive from near and far for flats of lisianthus in shades of blue, lime, lilac, white, rose, pink and picotee. Take home ready-to-go pots of sunflowers, kiss-me-overthe-garden-gate, morning glories or rhubarb. Enrich your shrub collection with Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ or ‘Vanilla Strawberry.’ Both bloom every year on new wood. Add height to your mixed containers with the imposing Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’, an elegant annual grass which grows four to six feet tall in full to part sun. Exotic looking, it tolerates moisture and
is an ideal plant near ponds. Low maintenance, sun-loving Cuphea llavea ‘Totally Tempted’ attracts hummingbirds with brilliant red tubular flowers highlighted with purple throats. Blooming from spring until frost, ‘Totally Tempted’ never needs deadheading. Grow vertical with the intriguing tropical vine Passiflora caerulea ‘Bahama Blue’ commonly called the passion flower. Fast growing, it loves sunny, moist conditions and attracts butterflies. Lavocats provides a playground for kids and a “Plants for Plastic” program which pays 20¢ a pound in plant credit for your unused plastic pots and trays. Huge, eye-catching hanging baskets dangled overhead at the pristine, state-of-the-art greenhouse at Bedford’s. The baskets sizzled with unexpected color combinations as well as unique plant compositions. Endless blooms seemed to float in mid-air, cascading down – totally concealing their pots. These stunning hanging baskets beautify Main Street in Akron, as well as many homes and businesses in the area. According to owners Maryjo and Steve Bedford, “We actually grow over 18,000 hanging baskets in our energy and water efficient 50,000 square foot greenhouse.” An oversized picket fence displays hanging bags of impatiens and wax begonias. Both the green leaf begonias and impatiens prefer shade, while the dark leaf begonias tolerate sun or shade. Maryjo has a trick to keeping the hanging bags well watered and shares it with everyone who purchases one. The bags add a burst of color to fences, walls, doors, porches, mailboxes and even trees. The Bedford’s “famous patio tomatoes” – a 68-day, compact, indeterminate is resistant to verticillium wilt, nematodes and fusarium wilt. The large, sweet, flavorful, 3-4” red fruits are produced consistently until frost, flaunting over 100 tomatoes per plant. “For an even higher yield”, Maryjo suggests, “transplanting to a larger pot or planting directly in your garden.” In addition to growing vegetable plants and herbs, they also sell seeds and bareroot vegetables. New for 2012 are “Confetti Gardens” which feature three different harmonizing annuals in one pot. Great for instant color in window boxes and patio planters. “We’ve also added several brand new coleus” says Maryjo, “including ‘Aurora Black Cherry’ (a blend of peach, lime and brown with bright green edges), ‘Dark Star’(deep purple with scalloped edges) and ‘Wasabi’ (chartreuse).” Look for unique colors of Wave petunias, the ‘Potunia’ (petunia with a bubble-like, round habit) and ‘Peppy’ (star/striped upright petunia). Maryjo grows twelve colors of verbena including the ‘Lanai Series’ which is low maintenance, heat tolerant and disease resistant. Its trailing growth habit makes it a perfect ‘spiller’ in containers. Just outside the greenhouse is a large selection of perennials arranged alphabetically on tables with descriptive signage for effortless shopping. Pudgie’s Lawn and Garden Center in Batavia was our next stop. Displayed amongst the annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees are gardening necessities like tomato cages, trellises, potting benches and rain barrels. Choose from numerous vegetable seedlings including over 12 varieties of peppers and 15 varieties of tomatoes. Pudgies grows several interesting cultivars of sedum like ‘Autumn Fire’ with intense brick red flowers and a tight growth habit. A British selection, S. telephium ‘Munstead Dark Red’ produces branching flower heads of crimson-rose on
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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Vigorous Passiflora caerulea ‘Bahama Blue’ at Lavocats Greenhouse in Clarence Center. The enchanting bloom of annual Ruellia ‘Purple Showers’ at Pudgies Garden Center in Batavia. 4 0 | M ay - j u n e 2 0 1 2
red tinged succulent, green foliage. S. telephium ‘African Sunset’ is an upright, spreading sedum. It glows with scarlet stems supporting glossy, dark purple leaves and intense red flowers. Long arching stems of glaucous, grey-green foliage support clusters of yellow flowers on S. telephium ruprechtii ‘Hab Gray’. Blooming in late summer, sedums are hardy, low maintenance, sun-loving, drought tolerant and butterfly magnets. Avoid fall floppiness and staking by pruning them back by half in June. New for 2012, Pudgies offers the ‘Pennsylvania Pride’ premier brand of shrubs and trees. With a three year homeowners guarantee, these superior grown trees include old fashioned favorites, natives, flowering, and new varieties that are disease and pest resistant. On our way back through Clarence, we stopped for lunch at The Hollow Bistro & Brew on Main Street. Back in the early 1800’s, this historic building housed the first school in Clarence. Since then, it has experienced several transformations – a hardware store, bakery, deli and ice cream parlor. Then in 2010, it was renovated into an attractive, inviting eatery and pub. Proprietor Katie Yu offers a menu peppered with Asian inspired salad, calamari, stew and even a steamed fish on Fridays. The famous “Hollow Burger” is to die for. Served on a pretzel roll, char grilled angus beef, bacon, crumbled bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion are topped off with a fried egg. Mouthwatering! The lunch menu features flatbread pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and daily specials including a “risotto of the day”. Visit their web site for a complete lunch and dinner menu. At Ulbrich’s Water Garden Gallery, customers can stroll through a variety of natural outdoor settings featuring working ponds, waterfalls and fountains. Pools of fish and aquatic plants fill the greenhouses. Many tropical plants like colocasia, cannas and the red stemmed thalia thrive along the water’s edge. They have large colorful foliage and can reach six feet tall in full sun. Ferns also grow well in aquatic conditions including Woodwardia virginica (Virginia chain fern), Osmunda regalis (royal fern) and O. cinnamomea (cinnamon fern). All prefer morning sun and can be grown as marginals or potted up and then submerged. Used as a lush screen or backdrop, rushes add a vertical component to water gardens. Scirpus atrovirens (green bulrush), Juncus effusus ‘spiralis’ (corkscrew),
Scirpus zebrinus (zebra), and Equisetum hyemale (horsetail) are hardy and prefer shallow water in full sun to part shade. Floaters like Pistia stratiotes (water lettuce) and Eichhoria crassipes (water hyacinth) float freely on the water’s surface limiting the amount of light entering the water, thus discouraging algae growth. Habenaria repens (water spider orchid), native to Florida, is considered a true aquatic since it grows happily in standing water as well as in moist soils surrounding water bodies. The greenish flowers emit a very intoxicating fragrance in the evening to attract night-flying moths. Create unexpected water gardens with floaters in birdbaths or simple watertight containers. Three foot tall Pontederia cordata (pickerelweed) with long heart shaped leaves and deep blue 6” flower spikes is an emergent aquatic. Preferring shallow, quiet water, its leaves and flowers float above the water while the stem grows beneath it. Its common name suggests that this plant and the well known fish ‘pickerel’, occupy the same habitat. Ulbrich’s stocks vibrant, perky goldfish including comet, sarassa, shubunkin and fantail. For large ponds, Koi and Butterfly Koi, descendents of the common carp, are popular. Founded in 1969, Ulbrich’s has evolved from a 54 acre tree farm to a garden center stocked with annuals, perennials, houseplants, shrubs and trees. Its aquatic displays and supplies are one of the largest in WNY. At H.G. Miller’s Farm & Greenhouse, my iPad was a necessity. I encountered annuals that I had never seen before – except in catalogs. Gomphrena globosa ‘Fireworks’ exploded with hot pink spherical blooms tipped with yellow. Preferring hot, dry conditions, its strong stems reach 3 to 4’ tall. A continuous bloomer requiring no deadheading, ‘Fireworks’ is well suited for cutting, vases and drying. Pair it with the heat and sun-loving, Russelia rotundifolia ‘Desert Fire’. Flaring, tubular flowers of coral red with yellow throats dance above softly textured arching green stems from summer through fall. Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, this Mexican native is perfect for xeriscapes and well draining soils. Add the charming Centradenia x inaequilateris ‘Cascades’ to hanging baskets or window boxes. It’s vivid magenta-pink flowers and ruby stems contrast with bright, coppery-bronze foliage. When used as a ground cover in sunny beds, it grows 18” tall and spreads beautifully. Trailing stems root easily, so this tender perennial can be overwintered as
a houseplant to be enjoyed from year to year. The bold, mottled bronze-olive-rose foliage of Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Beyond Paradise’ makes a splash in containers. Slow growing, this tropical shrub loves heat and humidity, but also grows well in part shade. Just 12 to 18” tall, its upright habit resembles coleus, but requires no pinching. Chenille-looking wands of tiny reddish flowers arch amongst the decorative foliage. The petite Brachyscome hybrid ‘Blue Zephyr’ and the Laurentia hybrida ‘Avant Garde’ series are annuals that beg to be included in a fairy garden. ‘Blue Zephyr’ displays lacey foliage covered in tiny purple daisy-like flowers that bloom spring and summer. ‘Avant Garde Blue’ and ‘Pink’ are vigorous growers with scented, star-shaped blooms in summer and fall. Include Rudbeckia hirta ‘Toto’ and Melampodium paludosum to the miniature mixture. Both have bright yellow daisy-like flowers. Perfect for fairy havens, they can be grouped in mixed containers or planted at the front of a border. Miller’s also has a large selection of Stepables®, perennials, herbs and hanging baskets of bougainvillea in hot pink, purple, orange, red and coral. Just minutes down the road, Berner Farms maintains a produce market, nursery and petting zoo. Rows and rows of trees, shrubs and perennials bask in the sun, while multiple greenhouses are ablaze with annuals. Impressive standard-form evergreens, well proportioned and robust, are available in several species. Globe-shaped and bushy, Picea omorika (Serbian spruce) with shiny, dark green needles, is one of the most adaptable spruces. Deer resistant, it grows well in sun or part shade and prefers rich, moist, well drained soil. Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’ (golden dwarf Hinoki Cypress) is a compact slow grower, perfect as a standard. Swirling golden-yellow, fanlike foliage glows in sunlight, imparting an asian energy. The dense, bright green foliage of Thuja occidentalis ‘Tom Thumb’ requires minimal pruning. It is one of the best semi-dwarf arborvitae for cold climates and has excellent disease resistance, vigor and hardiness. The attractive blue needles of Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’, add a colorful contrast to the greens and purples of the landscape. This dense, icy blue standard form is slow growing, deer resistant and waterwise. Impressive billowing oakleaf hydrangeas, stunning ‘Autumn Colors’ black-eyed susans and tropical caladium offer just a hint of the diversity of
plants at Berner’s. Intermingled with uncommon garden art, benches, birdbaths and obelisks at Johnson’s Nursery, are amazing plants. A huge, sculptured juniper horse watches over ginkgo and sweet gum standards, while the spherical white blooms of the Cephalanthus occidentalis (common buttonbush) buzzed with bees. The fragrance of the spiky white flowers of Eucomis autumnalis (pineapple lily) saturated the air. This South African native has tropicallooking, fleshy foliage that can pep up a pot or beautify a border. As a cut flower, stems will stay fresh for weeks, with frequent water refreshment. Coneflowers, perfect for sunny, well drained soil, exploded with colorful, long lasting blooms. The redorange shades of ‘Tiki Torch’, ‘Tomato Soup’ and ‘Hot Pappaya’ spiced up the creamy white double pompoms of ‘Milkshake’. Adding a splash of butter yellow, the profuseblooming, Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ or the lightly scented, compact E. ‘Pink Double Delight’ can energize any garden space. Be sure to plant coneflowers early in the season, so they can become established well ahead of winter weather. A gem for the shaded garden, Arisaema ringens (Japanese cobra lily) boasts glossy, thick, green leaves that remain intact all summer. Resembling a cobra’s head when in flower, a thick purple and white striped spathe curls down arching over a dark purple spadix. Although easy to grow and eventually forming large clumps in well drained soil, it detests excessive winter moisture. Johnson’s maintains an impressive collection of unique trees, shrubs and perennials for shade. They also hand-select unusual stones and rocks for every landscaping need. The WNY area is horticulturally rich. Many growers combine their talents with years of experience to provide healthy, robust plants to our gardening community. Take advantage of their zonal knowledge and buy local. You will be rewarded with annuals that thrive in our summer climate and true perennials that return year after year. And try something new this year – sassy centradenia for your window boxes, colorful cuphea skipping through your annual beds or a wave of ‘Wasabi’ whooping it up in your shade border. Your garden is what you make it. So get out and see what our local nurseries have to offer.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: A container water garden at Ulbrich’s Water Garden Center in Alden. Dazzling Gomphrena globosa ‘Fireworks’ at H.G. Miller’s in Elma.
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A mystery grows at Chimney Bluffs by Jonathan Everitt Illustration by Steve Smock
Perhaps this is where it all began, Annabel whispered to herself. And so, on this damp April morning, just above the place where the waves meet the cliffs, she disappeared into the trail of a lakeside forest. At least the woods and water would never break her heart. Here, with ancient trees rising up around her, Annabel wandered deeper as her nose awoke to moss and fern and dew drops. Their alien perfume replaced the dusty cedar of her borrowed fisherman’s sweater. A welcome trade. The tree canopy had no leaves yet. Early spring sunlight spilled onto the forest floor, coaxing to life sturdy, green raspberry canes that snagged her as she walked. Just beyond a great-grandfather oak, a burst of solid color caught her eye. Annabel froze, instinctively clutching the locket buried beneath cable-knit wool. Then she sprang to life, and with one leap over a corpse of fallen timber, left the safety of the woodland path. Never noticed as the sound of crashing water dimmed behind her—or the warped clang of a forgotten ship’s bell echoed through the trees. Now a fluid patch of brilliant yellow came into focus as Annabel reached a clearing in the woods. Halted at its edge. Softly gasped. A sea of daffodils sprawled before her, nodding and rising in plush waves like luminous paint. She knelt at the implausible outcropping. Touched one fleshy petal with her cold fingertip, incredulous and captivated. Annabel thought of the bluffs just beyond the trees. The haunting rock formation had stood vigil over Lake Ontario for centuries, guarding its dark memories. But on this cold spring morning, the lake would whisper a secret to a sad girl lost in the woods. Because the old water recognized a faded portrait— the one in the tiny golden heart she wore around her neck. The one she tossed into the golden clearing as she turned to find her way home. To be continued
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The May-June 2012 issue of the Upstate Gardeners' Journal.