Ear to the Ground: The Insider Dirt to Gardening in Upstate NY

Ear to the Ground (July-August 2014)

by janem on July 1, 2014

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

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New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week.

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

New Forestry Blog

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

Process to Restore Martin House Landscape Underway

Bayer Landscape Architecture of Honeoye Falls has been contracted by the Martin House Restoration Corporation to create the Cultural Landscape Report for the Martin House Complex, with the help of Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, DC.

Mark Bayer, founder and principal of Bayer Landscape Architecture, said, “The importance of the garden at the Martin House Complex is evident, not only in Wright’s layout for the buildings and grounds, but by the mere fact that Darwin Martin’s vision for his estate included space and infrastructure for the gardener right alongside his home and that of his sister. The gardener’s cottage, the greenhouse – these constructions became important to the Martins as they settled into their lives along Jewett Parkway. They signify the value the Martin family placed on the designed landscape and its maintenance.”

Find more details at darwinmartinhouse.org.

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