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Calling All Gardeners!

Author: Liz Lipsitz

Gardeners’ Give & Take (GG&T) is an open ‘round table’ discussion group which meets every other Saturday morning at Urban Roots Garden Center in the winter. After several years, the group has established a core of regulars, but it also continues to seek and draw new faces to the table, with ideas, projects, questions, problems, plans and advice to share on any number of gardening topics. This group welcomes all gardeners, experienced or novice, to join in the conversation.

Winter is a wonderful time to stop and reflect upon the garden year past, to review the successes and failures, challenges and mysteries we experienced last season in our gardens. It is also a great time for planning for the coming garden season, for talking about new plant offerings, new techniques, etc. Those of us who have been bitten by the gardening bug can reach out to one another, to satisfy the itch to get back to the soil, at least in a small way, for a regular bit of garden talk.

Generally, GG&T has an open agenda, driven by its participants on any given morning. Occasionally, however, we also include a guest speaker or two on subjects of interest to gardeners. This year, we are happy to include short and informative presentations on:

  • Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoids – Are They Related? Wayne Robbins will talk about what is threatening the populations of bees and other pollinators on January 24.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Richard Price will lead the conversation on this important subject on February 21.
  • The Plight of the Pollinators – How Can a Gardener Help? Wayne will return to the subject of pollinators on March 7.

These are big and important questions which impact our entire environment, as well as concretely affect what we grow, how we grow and even whether we grow at all, in our own gardens.

We are very excited about the coming season of GG&T, which will begin on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 am and continue every other Saturday through March. We’ll supply the coffee, we hope you will join in the conversation.

Urban Roots | 428 Rhode Island Street | Buffalo, NY 14213 | (716) 362-8982


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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