Sally Cunningham, author of Great Garden Companions
Western New York's Sally Cunningham, having made her way in the world with her organic gardening expertise, is an enthusiastic master gardener and knowledgeable expert full of passion who easily transmits all of her energy to her audience both as a wonderful writer and speaker.
From her days as a country girl, Cunningham, a former Cornell Extension educator, loved nature. She grew up in Eden, on 20 acres of wooded land where she tended plants as long as she can remember. As a child, she learned about soil, worms, perennials, and raspberries from her grandfather. She carried with her the beautifully complex vision of many dimensions all through the years as she went about the world outside the garden gate.
May 15, 2017
For something fragrant and lasting in your garden, thousands of you are likely to choose a rose. No flower elicits nostalgia and tender memories quite like a rose. May is prime time for rose sales and it is the perfect time for planting them.
So many roses are better than ever.
April 17, 2017
Learning directly from impassioned teachers is still better than all that Google and websites can offer.
At least that is my experience from attending seminars and conferences in the gardening and landscaping world. It was obviously true for the 50-some attendees who came to hear Roxanne McCoy teach "Creating a Cutting Garden" at Lockwood’s Greenhouses last Saturday.
March 1, 2017
Sometimes I teach vegetable gardening, as it was my original gardening passion and the topic of my first book writing for Rodale. I have learned to clarify some basic premises to make vegetable gardening easier for new gardeners or the experienced-but-confused. One of the most helpful things to understand is which plants are worth starting from seed, and which ones do best if you plant them as seedlings or larger plants.
February 7, 2017
About gift roses—for Valentine’s Day or other occasions
This article was published in the Buffalo News prior to Valentine’s day a year ago. It contains information about cut roses, their care, and the meaning of giving flowers for this and other holidays.
November 26, 2016
Instead of a hectic mall, how about spending some time in the calm, pretty atmosphere of a favorite garden center? Most of them have lovely gift possibilities. Some of the very best gifts are plants, especially these four classic holiday beauties.
November 2, 2016
A very big show is coming to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens bringing orchid lovers from across the country and offering you a chance to embrace this diverse and dazzling plant family.
October 17, 2016
Sally Says... It's bulb planting time! Bulbs are the easiest plant to grow--just bury them now for great payback in the spring. Lockwood's has deer-proof bulbs and a range of colorful choices. You have time, but get them in as soon as possible. See full article with tips from Brent of Brent and Becky's Bulbs.
August 2, 2016
You’re having houseguests and the toilet just broke. You’re hosting Thanksgiving and the refrigerator stopped running. This is the kind of pressure that most of the Tour Gardeners of Western New York are feeling because we are in a drought.
May 11, 2016
Garden writers try to help gardeners skip their own worst blunders, just as friends don’t let friends repeat familiar mistakes. I know you will save time, money, embarrassment and dead plants by avoiding these most common errors and doing things the right way.
March 5, 2016
Did the severe cold in early February when temps dropped suddenly to 0 degrees damage spring bulbs? Will we have spring flowers? Also, A serious pest of Lilium – true lilies – has arrived in parts of Western New York. So what can you do to protect your lilies?
Find the answers to these questions and more in Sally's recent article.