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.
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.
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.