Ear to the Ground

From the Publisher: November-December 2018

by janem on November 21, 2018

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a gardener’s official down time. We have a great issue for you this time around, to pore over as you’re cozy by the fire. And while you’re in reading mode, do not miss the new Harris Seeds Organic catalog with its cover by upstate New York’s very own Michael Tomb, profiled in these pages way back in July-August 2014. Michael creates amazing collages made of vegetables, fruit, flowers, and leaves, and we’re more than a little in awe of his work.

Stuck for holiday gift ideas? We’ve got you covered (page 16). And don’t forget the easiest and most obvious gift for any gardener—a subscription to this here magazine.

Don’t miss our Winter Photo Contest winners, on the cover and page 7—we received more entries than ever in 2017-2018, and 2018-2019’s contest begins December 21, so start snapping!

Thank you, as always, for reading—



From the Publisher: September-October 2018

by janem on September 5, 2018

Fall is arguably the most productive season in the ornamental garden. After the sweltering heat of summer has passed, yard work is a lot more inviting, for one thing. Looming deadlines also play a roll: first frost, killing frost, first snow, deep frost. Trees, shrubs, and perennials planted now (mostly) can gain enough root growth to give them a meaningful boost in the spring. Fall is for planting!


Cyclamen hederifolium, Cornell Botanic Gardens, fall

Hardy cyclamen
I’ve never had luck with these little darlings, which is why I am such a sucker for them in other people’s gardens. There are both spring—and fall—blooming types, and the flowers range from white to deep pink, while the glossy leaves are frequently intricately marked.

Crafty fly repellent sneak peek

Cathy’s craft
Not in the mood for flies? Me neither. Check out our resident crafter’s cute solution on page 26. Cathy is concerned that she might get in trouble for drilling holes in pennies, so if you work for the treasury, please don’t blow her in. Cathy’s craft is part of our issue theme—Pests.

Lasagna mulching
If you know you want to install or enlarge a bed but don’t think you can get around to planting it this fall, layer some organic material to kill off grass and weeds and prepare the soil for next year. You can start with cardboard, thick sections of newspaper…anything like that, and add on top whatever compost you have around, shredded leaves, straw from this year’s vegetable garden, even commercial bark mulch, if you like (shredded is good). Keep it on the moist side—this keeps stuff from flying away and aids in decomposition.

Happy gardening and as always, thanks for reading!

—Jane Milliman, Publisher


From the Publisher: November-December 2017

by janem on November 9, 2017

Jane Milliman

Happy holiday season, friends!

We’re excited to bring this great issue to you. We have design tips, a profile of an exceptional CNY gardener, of course our extensive calendar listings, and, at long last, an idea about what to do with all of those leftover holiday pinecones. You don’t just throw them out, right?

We announced in the last issue that yes, GardenScape IS coming back in 2018. The theme? “The Flower City Blooms Again,” aptly.

The show will run March 8 through 11 at its old—but newly remodeled and very cool—home, the Dome in Henrietta. Wednesday night’s opening gala, “A Taste of Spring,” is presented by and benefits the Community Place of Greater Rochester (communityplace.org).

Gardenscape is again produced by PLANT GFLX, also known as the Gardenscape Professionals Association. As in years past, there will be inspiring landscaped gardens and a marketplace area for fun shopping. Find details at plantgflx.com and on Facebook.

Western New York’s landscape and garden show, Plantasia, has also announced its theme and dates. “Cityscapes into the Night” is March 22–25, with preview night on Wednesday, March 23. Plantasia is presented by PLANT WNY. Plantasia takes place at the Fairgrounds event center in Hamburg.

There are a few interesting changes this year, including the addition of even more landscaped areas and a more thoroughly curated vendor component. I am pretty excited about the theme—the Plantasia people have a ton of lighting talent in their midst, and I have a feeling this is going to be one cool, moody show. Find more at plantasiany.com and on Facebook.

In Ithaca, plans are underway for the 2018 Native Landscape Symposium—check our pages in January for dates, but it’s generally in early March.

Now all we need is for CNY in Bloom to make a return!

Thanks, as always, for reading.