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

Ear to the Ground: November-December 2014

by janem on November 24, 2014

Lockwood’s Garden Center Celebrates 100th Anniversary

In 1914, Harry Lord Lockwood started farming and selling wholesale vegetables and flowers on 25 acres in Hamburg. Greenhouses were added, and a retail store, until Lockwood’s Garden Center evolved into the family-run destination it is today. The official anniversary is November 1, but the celebration will continue until December 24, when the business closes for the season. For more: weknowplants.com; 716/649-4684.

NYS Nursery & Landscape Association Awards Top Annual Honors at State Fair

The New York State Nursery and Landscape Association (NYSNLA) presented its highest annual awards on August 21, opening day of the New York State Fair. The association named Kim Schichtel its Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP) of the Year, awarded the George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture to Steven Perry, and inducted Michael Grimm of Lafayette into the NSYNLA Hall of Fame.

Schichtel works for Murray Brothers in Orchard Park, Perry is assistant principal of Agriculture at John Bowne High School in Flushing, and Grimm owns Michael Grimm Services, a landscaping company serving Central New York.

NYSNLA Honorees Grimm, Schichtel, aand Perry

Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension to Relocate

On January 12, Monroe County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension will vacate its Rochester digs and move to a renovated farm house in Seneca Park (at 2449 St Paul Boulevard) near the zoo. No one wants to see CCE leave 249 Highland Ave., but the truth is that the responsibilities of and the funding for Extension have been dwindling for years, and their current facility is underused and in need of expensive maintenance. Rumor has it that once the building is razed, the county hopes to erect a pavilion in its place to rent out for events, but neighbors aren’t so sure about that—should be an interesting one to watch.

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