From the Publisher

From the Publisher: July-August 2019

by janem on July 5, 2019

Hello, there!

Thank you for reading the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal!

This issue’s theme is “Preserving the Harvest.” Look for this handy symbol for special content! 

Please thank advertisers that enable us to bring you this publication—and have done so since 1995. 


Jane Milliman, Publisher


From the Publisher: May-June 2019

by janem on May 8, 2019

Happy spring!

This issue’s theme is lilacs, and we have all kinds of lilac fun inside, plus a feature on bioswales and rain gardens, our ever-popular almanac and calendar listings, and lots more. I really think you will enjoy it!

My Close Friend and Personal Confidant Ted “Doc Lilac” Collins has been gone from us a little more than a year now. I think of him every day, maybe because of the sticky note on my computer screen that says “Call Ted.” I put it there a week or so before he died, but I never did make that call. I just haven’t had the heart to take it down. 

Lately, though, it’s been falling off on its own. I stick it back up and then think, should I tape it? Should I super glue it? Should I put it in the recycling? If I throw it away, will I forget him?

Of course not. 

Probably the best way to remember Ted is to get out there and smell the lilacs—maybe even plant a few!

Thanks, as always for reading—


Jane Milliman, Publisher


From the Publisher-March-April 2019

by janem on March 7, 2019

Jane Milliman

Outside my window right now are about six inches of light, fluffy snow. Though the days are getting longer and the sun has made more appearances lately, it is still one hundred percent winter. 

Luckily, our winter photo contest is ongoing.

There is still plenty of time to strap on the snowshoes and venture out in search of songbirds; to get a view of your property from inside the house (that’s most important perspective, right?); or to wander around, take some pictures, and send them in to us.

While we only have a contest for winter images, we are happy to see anything that you shoot! We’re always looking for story ideas or pictures of your garden, public gardens, the Crafty Cathy crafts you craft … whatever’s on your mind!

Write to us at 390 Hillside Ave., Rochester, NY 14610; email; follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest; and let us know what’s on your mind. 

We love our readers! Thank you. 

Have a very happy spring. 


Jane Milliman, Publisher