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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 Milliman, Publisher


From the Publisher: March-April 2018

by janem on March 10, 2018

GardenScape poster artist Debbie Bonnewell

There’s no doubt about it: this winter has been a slog. But the March-April issue is as sure a sign of spring as anything. With it comes the garden shows! GardenScape will be back this year in its usual location at the Dome in Henrietta, March 8–11.

Of course, we are huge fans of Plantasia, the flower and landscape show at the fairgrounds in Hamburg that just keeps getting better. We are honored to again be the official program of the show, which runs March 22–25. For a full list of seminars, go to the last page in this book.

Carol Southby

Joseph Tychonievich

With the Rochester Civic Garden Center’s eminent dissolution there is no RCGC spring symposium this year. But the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County’s Master Gardeners are moving their symposium, Gathering of Gardeners, from its usual spot in the fall to April 28 at the Doubletree on Jefferson Road. The theme is “Gardens that Rock!” and the featured speakers are Joseph Tychonievich, with “Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style” and “Cool, Non-Wimpy Plants You Haven’t Heard Of,” and Carol Southby, who will present “Combining Plants for Special Effects.” A continental breakfast and plant sale add to the fun.

The Maplewood Neighborhood Association in Rochester is seeking horticulture-related vendors to participate in the 28th annual Maplewood Rose Festival. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival draws thousands of participants that come to revel in the beauty of the Maplewood Rose Garden, partake in workshops and tours, and purchase plants for their own gardens. The vendor fee for the 2018 Maplewood Rose Festival is $30. Registration deadline is May 25. To learn more or to register as a vendor contact Sara Scott at 585-820-8860 or

If you are a WNY resident interested in learning how to care for young trees, check out the CommuniTREE Steward Project being offered by the Cooperative Extension of Erie County, in five parts, beginning March 21. Buffalo Olmsted Parks will again host the classes at Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park and in return for the training, the stewards are asked to volunteer at least 10 hours annually caring for juvenile trees. or 716-652-5400 x 150

We’re trying something new this year, which is to give each issue a theme. This issue’s theme is herbs, and the next is emerging garden trends. We are always looking for writers and ideas, so drop us a line if you have something in mind! You can reach managing editor Debbie Eckerson at

Jane Milliman

Thanks, as always, for reading!


Jane Milliman, Publisher

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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 (

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 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 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.