Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Art at Urban Roots [Buffalo]

Submitted by Urban Roots.


During the weekend of December 1 and 2, Urban Roots Community Garden Center will feature handmade artworks by six Western New York artists. Birdhouse maker Karen Sirgey will be in residence to demonstrate and discuss her work on Sunday. Sculptures by Dale Anderson and Paul Gallo, photographs by Eilleen Graetz and Darlene Gray, and ceramic tiles by Jo Ann Brenner will also be on display. Works by all six artists will be available for sale during the annual festive shopping/walking tour, and year round.

The annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries is sponsored by Artists In Buffalo, and features a free guidebook and map—available at Urban Roots—with all of the locations of the event listed, including Urban Roots. It is an opportunity for people to see artists at work, and to perhaps purchase a meaningful, handmade gift during the holiday season.

Sirgey's "Avian Architecture"—birdhouse designs—are wonderful gifts for the gardener, or anyone who would delight in a fine quality, unique birdhouse. Since 1989, she has been designing and making a variety of designs ranging from small, one-room schoolhouses to
three-story, Queen Anne Victorians, complete with stained glass windows and turrets. Custom designs also allow her to recreate an existing house, cabin or workplace.

Paul Gallo makes creative metalwork for home and garden. Dale Anderson makes welded metal designs. Eileen Graetz' cards featuring photographs taken in her garden. Darlene's Grays framed photos feature gardens, including Buffalo's Japanese Gardens. Jo Ann Brenner's tiles depict Cottage District homes with front gardens.

Demonstration: Sunday, December 2, 12 pm to 4 pm. Sirgey will be at Urban Roots, demonstrating the birdhouse-making process. Homemade cookies and beverages will also be available.

Also on Sunday from 12 to 4, free gelato tastings will be offered by Gelato G's, which will soon be opening a retail space in the storefront next door to Urban Roots.

Urban Roots is a community owned cooperative business which has been open for retail business since April of 2007. Its mission is to provide quality products for gardening in the City of Buffalo and be an active and enriching member of the community.

Urban Roots Community Garden Center

Store hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-5pm
Thursday& Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
Closed Tuesday


428 Rhode Island Street
at Five Corners
Buffalo, NY 14213

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Scotland in September

I can't even believe I haven't mentioned this yet! Please join Dean and me on our tour of Scotland's finest gardens—and castles—September 12-20, 2008. We are going to have a wonderful time.

Download an itinerary here or e-mail me: ettg AT janemilliman DOT com.

Among the planned stops are Inerewe Gardens (followed by a boat ride on Loch Ness, of course), Cawdor Castle and Gardens (home to MacBeth), and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Botanical Gardens Event location

Anyone considering a location for a meeting, event, consider the Botanical Gardens. Staff is easy to work with, very helpful, eager to make your event or party a success.

Botanical Gardens Shower

Had a wedding shower at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, lovely setting for any event. Taking a few minutes from hostessing, I took some pictures in the rainforest area, orchids and bromeliads....and not being a bromeliad expert, can someone help with the names of these? Thank you.