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Urban Roots Announces Plant Swap, Free Gardening Workshop Series and More….

In Urban Ag on May 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm


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Urban Roots, a Westside community owned cooperative garden center,  just announced a full roster of free gardening workshops including a Plant Swap this Saturday.  Urban Roots is located on Buffalo’s Westside at 428 Rhode Island St.  See below for full schedule of events & workshops – all open to the public.

Plant Swap May 23
Fifth Annual Spring Plant Swap
Saturday, May 23, 2009 9am-12 noon
In the lot across Utica Street from Urban Roots
The Plant Swaps are part of our roots, the first took place in 2004, when Urban Roots was just a glimmer in the eye of some ambitious neighbors.

Recovery Garden Day Saturday May 30
Saturday, May 30th 8am-11am
Buffalo Museum of Science
Four Free Workshops
Sponsored by Urban Roots and Grassroots Gardens.

Would you like to grow some of the food that you consume – for health, environment, and money saving reasons?
Are you interested in community gardens and urban gardening?
We will be offering workshops on topics related to growing vegetables in community and urban gardens ranging from vegetable gardening in containers to food preservation. Information booths will provide info on local gardening organizations/groups. Please return your registration forms by Thursday, May 28th.

Workshops to be offered:

Richard Price – Vegetable Gardening in Containers

Julie Baldo – Create your own container garden with Hypertufa

Patrick Cain – A Community Garden Conversation

Kathy Manley – Food Preservation Techniques

Amy Stewart Book Signing May 27
Meet Amy Stewart’s Wicked Plants, A Book of Botanical Atrocities in person. If you dare.
Discussion & book signing sponsored by Talking Leaves
Wednesday, May 27, 6 pm at Urban Roots

2009 Workshops

Tuesday, June 2nd 7pm Garlic: Eat. Stink. Be Proud. Presented by Seth Wochensky

Garlic supposedly sprung up in Satan’s left footprint as he left the garden of Eden. Good thing he split because there can be no paradise without garlic. Many of the classic organic gardening manuals fail to give it any serious consideration, often giving erroneous advice. Too many backyard agronomists shy away from growing it as if the very act of placing it in the soil gave bad breath. Yet, without a doubt, a homegrown hardneck will cream the chemically treated competition from China. This workshop will cover a little history, culinary uses, scapes, cultivation techniques appropriate for an urban intensive garden, harvesting, grading and storage. Garlic: Eat. Stink. Be Proud. Seth Wochensky is a cider-pressing, bee-keeping, garlic-growing garden nut who sometimes finds time to produce documentaries and play in a marching band.

Thursday, June 4th, Gardening with Native Perennials with Ellen Folts

A slide presentation that helps gardeners visualize using many interesting and different native perennials in their gardens, and includes some actual plants. Many native perennials can be added to existing gardens or whole gardens can be done using only natives. Native species can help solve gardening problems such as water logged soils or too much shade. Woodland, wetland and prairie gardens will be discussed. Ellen Folts owns and operates Amanda’s Garden native perennial nursery, located in Springwater New York.

Saturday, June 6th at 2pm Clematis Basics with Jose Acevedo

Clematis vines are probably the most popular flowering vine in the garden. Clematis had been called “Queen of Climbers’, and it’s a must have for the flower garden. This seminar is designed to discuss basic information on how to grow and care for your Clematis.

Sunday, June 7th Time:TBD. Rooftop Gardening. Presented by Dave Lanfear.

Learn about preparing a location, choosing appropriate plants, and caring for your rooftop garden. Visit one of Buffalo’s only rooftop gardens in it’s second year. Dave Lanfear is a straw-bale builder and neighbor of Urban Roots.

Saturday, June 20th 2pm. Don and Diann Zinteck – Garden Photography

Don and Diann Zinteck will discuss and demonstrate some of their photography techniques of taking pictures in your own garden. As photographer of the recently published Garden Walk of Buffalo book, understanding lighting, lenses, and your own equipment will put you on the right tract to better garden photographs. We will demonstrate some photography techniques by taking some photos at Urban Roots that day.

June 27th, Daylilies Pam Hoffman

Mystic Meadows Daylily Farm is a State Inspected Daylily Nursery located in South Wales, NY – 10 minutes from East Aurora. Pam Hoffman (owner) grows, sells, and hybridizes daylilies that thrive in a Northern climate. Pam is an active member and past officer, of BADS (Buffalo Area Daylily Society).

She currently has just over 400 named cultivars and a hundred seedlings, or so that she is evaluating. Her favorite daylily form is the Unusual Form (UF);daylilies that twist and curl, and have movement. Pam has collected quite a few Spiders and UF’s, and is always looking for new ones.

The gardens are mostly open by appointment, since Pam has a full time career at a local bank. Please visit her website at:

  1. would you let me use your wonderful picture on my flyer that i would be giving out locally here in middle tennessee for my 3rd plant swap here in the country at my little shop? I am making my fliers and will be putting it on my facebook page to announce the swap. we wil be having bluegrass band and lots of fun here in tennessee. just wanted your permission. love the pic.

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