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 22, 2018
Almost everybody can make compost in some form, or use compost, or direct the yard and kitchen scraps toward a composting end-use.
March 29, 2018
Last weekend the Western New York Land Conservancy and Erie County Master Gardeners hosted the leading American spokesperson for ecological health, Douglas Tallamy. His messages are crucial for everyone.
February 12, 2018
It may seem early for you to think or read about your lawn – or turf, as it is called in the lawn and landscape business. February is indeed too early for us to do anything about the lawn, but it’s necessary to talk about it this soon for one reason: The lawn care ads begin this month.
December 9, 2017
The next two weekends are good times to buy a cut Christmas tree, preferably fresh from local farms. The Western New York Christmas Tree Farmers Association lists 17 member growers in Erie County and seven in Niagara County.
November 24, 2017
For at least one day colorful gourds have a prominent place at the table. They are associated with harvest. Maybe they spill from cornucopias at the Thanksgiving table or harvest dinner, or they hang on autumn wreaths on the door. These plants have history and many uses, well beyond the decorative crafts you’ll find on Pinterest.
October 20, 2017
If there were ever an autumn that begs us to plant bulbs, this is it. We’ve had lots of time, but the weather continues to cooperate. Lockwood's still has a good selection in stock. You can have beds that will be bursting with daffodils and crocuses next spring!
September 16, 2017
Storms are on our minds this week, as we have watched the people, animals, buildings and shorelines of Florida assaulted by Hurricane Irma. We don’t worry much about hurricanes here: A recent report listed Buffalo as the fourth-safest city in terms of natural disasters, even if we experience some much-publicized snowstorms
August 18, 2017
Some of the plants that showed off for our garden-peeping tourists and guests during July and early August are still going strong: tall Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne', daisies and perennial geraniums that were cut back, reblooming roses, and late daylilies.
But then what?
July 18, 2017
We all make mistakes, and veteran gardeners invariably admit to big ones. Why not learn from them and try to avoid these classics? Then you’ll be free to make your own.
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.