Phipps Conservancy, in Pittsburgh, was an immense conservatory -- but contemporary, efficient and built for holding events as well as being a botanical garden. It seemed endlessly large. They have heated sidewalks that don't require shoveling (or salt!). It's the opposite end of the spectrum from Longwood gardens -- and at the opposite end of the state. The original structure was built in 1893, but its innovative additions and LEED-certification makes it a building for the future.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Longwood Gardens. A trip last May to Pittsburgh, we stopped in to see Phipps Conservancy. I'll post on Longwood today, and Phipps later in the week. It's Pennsylvania week here at Art of Gardening!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Well, we didn't win the $100,000 21st Century Fund grant competition to help fund the annual National Buffalo Garden Festival. The winner was the Buffalo Museum of Science.
They won because they want to fund the design and planning of ten new Science Studios -- an immersive integration of exhibits and programming that will reflect current science, school curriculum, tiered content for various audiences, science being done in our area and various science career paths available. It's an ambitious five-year plus plan that will find them fundraising ultimately millions more to create the actual studios. But it will modernize "every corner of the museum" - and be an asset for a generation.
That, and, they had cute kids in their video presentation. Next time, we use cute kids.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sally Cunningham is a columnist, book author, radio & TV personality, educator, Master Gardener. She's seen here in her role as Chanel 4 WIVB's garden contributor at about 8:20 a.m., Sunday mornings.
The 21st Century Fund is a local Buffalo granting organization made up of 350 members. To become a member of this fund, you just have to make a one-time donation of $2,100. This makes this a very involved, committed and diverse group. There are many young professionals and families in their membership. The fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Our proposal (Garden Walk Buffalo along with the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau) is to use the $100,000 to promote and help fund a five-week-long annual National Buffalo Garden Festival from June 18 to July 25. We plan on promoting all the existing great garden tours in the area (18 of them) and already-planned programming by garden centers and culturals in the area and wrap them in a garden theme. The culturals (at this point) include the The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Buffalo Zoo, among others. Also wrapped in will be a visit from about 70 garden bloggers & writers from 23 different states and Canada.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
My neighbor has a lonely half-formed bush. It does look great against the black house. But if it were mine? I'd do some creative clipping and find a nice metal base to wrap around the bottom of it. For now, I only have Photoshop to depend on, since I don't have a forsythia myself.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Here's the tree we "sampled" by the side of the road. I was so taken aback by the quantity of banana trees in this area of Israel, that I hardly noticed these unassuming thorn trees that are all over the place. But I can tell you that the only thing Israel has more of than religious sites, is banana trees!
It's called a jujube tree (Ziziphus spina-christi) and it grows to about 15-20 feet tall. It is deciduous, has small yellowish-green flowers and produces small fruit with the consistency & taste of an apple. The fruit matures to dark red to black, wrinkled, and looking like a small date. The fruits are used in Chinese & Korean traditional medicines to alleviate stress. The dried fruits are eaten as a snack or with tea. I tasted the fruit (it was apple-y) and smelled the crushed leaves. Didn't relieve any of my stress, but it'd take more than a thorn tree fruit to do that.