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A Spirited Valentine’s Special!
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Drunken Botanist Author To Visit Broccolo Garden Center!

Don’t miss the humorous antics of Amy Stewart when she visits Broccolo Garden Center, May 16 at 12 PM.  Tickets are $20/ person–available on our website or the event.  Join us as Amy “explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol.”  Following the talk, enjoy a book signing, tasting session, and some plant shopping to start your own botanical spirits!

Writers & Books would like to offer a publishing workshop with Ms. Stewart prior to her talk, $8 Members / $10. If you are interested, contact Writers and Books, albert@wab.org . Co-sponsored by Black Button Distillery and Writers and Books.

 

A Pruning Primer…

We get asked, “What do you do in the winter?”  Landscape services slow down, just like the trees and shrubs…but it’s a good time to review some pruning best practices. We hope this is helpful, but, if you’re still not sure, call us! We’re glad to help! (585)424-4476 or info@broccologroup.com 

  • Remove (by thinning) crossing branches with a goal to increase air circulation. This helps reduce fungal issues or damage from rubbing branches. Fast growing deciduous shrubs should be thinned by 1/3 each year.
  • Removing the thicker, larger old shoots of multi-stem shrubs will encourage new shoots to sprout and promote a healthy vigorous plant.
  • Old wood is prone to insects and mechanical damage from mowers or weed whips.
  • Leaf debris collecting at the thick base can harbor small mammals that eat the bark of the shrubs and hold moisture encouraging fungi and rot at the base.
 

Broccolo Staffers on-the-go! 

Sharing a passion for plants is our favorite thing to do… Here’s a sampler of some upcoming spring presentations by Broccolo staff.

IPM in the home landscape, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 PM, Fairport Rotary,Eagle Vale Country Club, Lois Dannenberg.

Creating Backyard Habitat, March 10, 7- 8:30 PM, Penfield Public Library, Lois Dannenberg and the Genesee Land Trust.

Rain gardens, March 16, Brighton Rotary,St. Johns Meadows, Rachel Edwards.

Brainery classes:

Grow your own annuals, Saturday, March 21; 12-2PM.  Save money, shake off the winter gloom, and go home with a mini garden. Jim Bonnano.

Proper Spring Planting, April 4th from 12-2pm. How green is your thumb? Learn how to properly plant, reduce shock, and maintain your favorite perennials and shrubs.  John McIntyre.

Attracting Backyard Wildlife, April 18th: 12-2pm. Give the birds and butterflies a good reason to visit your yard. Provide the food, forage, shelter and water that will make your yard a sanctuary for pollinators, Lois Dannenberg.

Save the Ash Trees!

Did you know that Ash trees support 150 caterpillar species? The beautiful Great Ash Sphinx, Sphinx chersis, moth will likely become rare to extinct without its host plant. Ash trees are easy to treat with a trunk injection every 2 years at a cost of about $200. At Broccolo, “we save ash trees!”

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County (CCE-MC) has moved to 2449 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617. The extension has permanently vacated the building located at 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. This land now becomes part of Highland Park South. Their popular Master Gardener plant sale will continue to be held at the Lilac Festival in Highland Park. monroe.cce.cornell.edu/
 

Asking more of the landscape…When beauty Is no longer enough

NYTimes, Feb. 4, 2015

Gardeners were undaunted by snow storms when Plant-O-Rama took place at Brooklyn Botanic Garden recently. The event has been a bellwether for gardening trends since its founding in 1997. The focus has always been on aesthetics: what makes an attractive garden? Last week, however, the keynote speaker, Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, informed us that beauty is not enough.

“We have to raise the bar on our landscapes,” said Mr. Tallamy, a professor and chairman of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. “In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water.”

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