Jim Atwater, RCGC Bulletin Articles:

  • A Backward Glance, August 2007
    The western US are not the only ones to have giant trees – learn about giant trees east of the Mississippi.
  • The Bee Bee Tree, August 2006
    One of the rarest trees in Highland Park is the Korean evodia, or bee bee tree.
  • Behold the Wondrous Ginkgo, December 2004
    Highland Park, the oldest publicly owned arboretum in the country, is now home to many of our planet’s most remarkable woody plants. Two of the most unusual, a male and female, grow on either side of the path just below the center of the reservoir. This is part of their story.
  • Call Me Methuselah, December 2005
    Prior to World War II as far as the world was concerned the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) no longer existed.
  • Fall Magic, October 2006
    With the advent of fall it’s time again to reflect upon the changing foliage in our region. It has been a common practice for those of us seeking a glimpse of nature’s annual pyrotechnic display to travel many miles to seek the Holy Grail of autumn’s senescent beauty.
  • The Fourth Season, February 2005
    For many of us winter becomes the forgotten season, but it shouldn’t be so, for it provides an opportunity not available during the rest of the year.
  • The Franklin Tree, February 2007
    John Bartram, a Philadelphia Quaker who became the New World’s leading naturalist and plant hunter, had more than one encounter with serendipity during an active career pursuing rare and hitherto unknown indigenous North American flora.
  • A Man for All Seasons, April 2007
    It began in 1888 with a gift of land to the citizens of Rochester by eminent horticulturists George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry to form the nucleus of Rochester’s first public park.
  • The Rest of the Story, October 2005
    A search at the end of the nineteenth century for the legendary dove tree by the young plant explorer Ernest Henry Wilson
  • The Search for Father David’s Tree, April 2005
    One of the most remarkable trees growing in our park system, a cluster of five in Durand Eastman and a single one behind the Highland Park Bowl, is the legendary dove tree from central Asia.
  • The Show is Not Over Yet, June 2005
    Because of the eclectic and adventurous spirit of the pioneer plantsmen who built our park system over the last century we are blessed with many unusual plants, both native and foreign, that will bloom throughout the summer months in Highland Park.
  • Stratosphere Giant and the Old Man, June 2006
    Reflections about just how large and how old can a woody organism get.

Laurie Broccolo, RCGC Bulletin Articles:

  • Rain Gardens, August 2007
    Rain gardens are a way for homeowners as well as businesses to participate in the reduction of polluted water runoff, simply by planting a specialized garden.

Kimberly Burkard:

  • Gardening for Your Health, December 2009
    It’s not just the herbs and homegrown foods that keep you healthy. The garden itself and the simple act of gardening is healthy for the mind, body, and soul.
  • Starting an Herb Garden, October 2008
    Some suggestions, tips, and a short list of plants good for people wanting to start their first herb garden.

Christine Froehlich:

  • Forcing Branches , February 2009
    In February and March, most of us long for a respite from winter. If you’re looking for an inexpensive flower fix, consider forcing branches. It’s not difficult and you can usually find something right in your own yard.

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