Jane Milliman

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: 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