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

From the Publisher: September-October 2017

by janem on August 31, 2017

I visited Carl Linnaeus's garden in Sweden this summer! (See story, page 20.) While in Europe, I got around the cities mostly by bike.

I visited Carl Linnaeus’s garden in Sweden this summer! (See story, page 20.) While in Europe, I got around the cities mostly by bike.

Hi there! Thank you for picking up this issue of Upstate Gardeners’ Journal. We are very pleased to have you.

There is a lot going on in the great world of upstate New York horticulture these days. If you are in the Western New York area and not living under a rock, then you already know that Buffalo was host to the Association for Garden Communicators convention this summer, and that garnered a whole lot of well-deserved press for the area, press that will continue in the months and years to come, all promoting the amazing Buffalo horticulture scene.

In Ithaca, check out the Cornell Botanic Gardens (formerly Cornell Plantations) Fall Lecture Series. Shannon Dortch, associate director of communications and marketing, writes, “A few of the speakers may be of particular interest to upstate gardening enthusiasts. R. William Thomas, executive director of Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden, will talk on the art of gardening on September 27. Cassandra Quave (October 12) is an ethnobotanist who will speak on plants as remedies. And Alizé Carrère (November 8) is a cultural ecologist and National Geographic Explorer, who will talk on living in a climate-changed world.” I’ve been to many previous lectures in this series, and (assuming you live outside of the area) they are definitely worth the drive. (If you’re near Ithaca, this is a no-brainer.) Stay overnight and take in all the botanic gardens, and the city, has to offer. While you’re at it, visit some of our advertisers there—you will find unique offerings, knowledgeable people, and great prices.

Sara‘s Garden Center Stone Wall Follies

Sara‘s Garden Center Stone Wall Follies

Just outside Rochester, visit Sara’s Garden Center for its annual Stone Wall Follies. While registration for the workshop is full, you can witness amazing craftsmanship firsthand—and who knows? You might just catch the “walling” bug yourself. See more on Sara’s ad in this issue, inside front cover.

And guess what! GardenScape is back for 2018. Yes! Dates are March 8 through 11, and it will again be at the Dome Center in Henrietta. We are very excited. Keep an eye on rochesterflowershow.com for details, and “like” the GardenScape page on Facebook.

July-August 2017 Stump the Chump stumper

July-August 2017 Stump the Chump stumper

Wondering about last issue’s Stump the Chump? Well, we do have a winner, Barbara Lassen, who gets a gift certificate to one of my favorite eateries (especially if I’m lucky enough to be dining with the great stumper himself, Ted Collins), Aladdin’s in Pittsford. The correct answer was lilac, apple blossom, rose of Sharon seed heads, allium in bud, purple smoke bush, and tulip.

The Winter Photo Contest is back for 2017. See page 31 for information on how to vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced in the November-December issue. Good luck to all who entered!

There’s so much going on! If we’ve missed anything, and I am sure we have, please email me at jane@upstategardenersjournal.com or, for calendar listings, deb@upstategardenersjournal.com.

Thanks again for reading. And remember, fall is for planting!

—Jane Milliman, Publisher

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