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

From the Publisher: May-June 2018

by janem on May 5, 2018

Welcome spring—real, actual spring, finally. Finally!

Cathy and I were lucky enough to get a respite from the area’s vernal misery when we traveled to New Orleans for the annual convention of the American Iris Society in April. Boy did we have fun! We saw a lot of Louisiana irises, including many in the wild—even from the windows of our coach bus. But we also took some time to explore the Big Easy, breakfasting on beignets, prowling the Garden District, and, of course, enjoying a Sazerac or two. After all, the French Quarter festival was on while we were there.

To answer the question I know is burning in your mind, yes, we can grow Louisiana irises right here in upstate New York. You can even see a Louisiana iris garden in Rochester’s Highland Park, though it might possibly be more fun to visit them in their native environs.

More on travel: We have decided to postpone our Scotland tour by a year, as we found we didn’t have enough run-up time to let people know about it. Look for the ad in this issue and contact us with questions.

We’re having fun with our new themed issues—this one is garden trends—and are excited to present Katie DeTar’s look at the trends she discovered at the Philadelphia Flower Show this year. Also, Michelle Sutton profiles Carol Watson Greenhouse, definitely one of the trendiest garden centers in CNY.

Thanks so much, as always, for reading!

Jane

Jane Milliman, Publisher

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