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Grossmans Garden and Home presents "Art Alive"

Grossmans Garden and Home in Penfield announces a call for entries for "Art Alive", their first annual juried art exhibit.

Grossmans welcomes local artists of all for inclusion. "Art Alive" highlights nature's botantical masterpieces and the importance of plants to daily life. They ask artists to incorporate living botancials and/or organic material in their submissions.

Submission of intent  to participate is due Saturday May 25 and a photos of final submission is Friday June 14.

"Art Alive' takes place June 20-29 and it is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to www.grossmans.com/events_workshops_detail.asp?classesID=460


Escape to the tropics at Grossmans Garden & Home

Grossmans Garden & Home in Penfield invites you to escape to the tropics.

Grossman is offering a tropical escape complete with heady scents of jasmine, sun-ripened figs and supple palms. The green house will be filled with flowering hibiscus, mandevilla, bougainvillea and more. There will also be food and frozen treats.

The free event will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Home and garden courses being offered in Penfield

Grossmans Garden & Home in Penfield is offering a variety of free courses to make sure your garden looks its best this summer.

For more information about the courses being offered, please call 585-377-1982.

Penfield to host 'green' pest management event March 18

This week, the Penfield Green Initiative is hosting an informational event to educate homeowners on environmentally safe ways to manage pests.

Whether it’s ants or mice in the kitchen, lawn grubs or mosquitos in the backyard or bed bugs indoors, featured speakers will highlight ways to control these nuisances using alternatives to harsh chemically-based pesticides.

Speakers will include Lynn Braband and Brian Shenaur from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, who are certified educators with the NYS Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at Cornell University.

IPM is the practice of using the least-toxic solutions to counter pest and pesticide problems.

Laurie Broccolo, owner of Broccolo Garden Center, has worked with IPM since she first went into business 22 years ago.

Pool Closing Tips: Protect your Pool During the Off Seasons

Pool Closing Tips: Protect your Pool During the Off Seasons

As the fall months approach and pool season winds down, it’s time for pool owners to start preparing to close their pools. Proper closing measures are essential in maintaining a healthy pool for future summer seasons to come. Design Pool & Spa offers the following tips to get your pool ready for winter:

March freeze causes big losses for orchards

March freeze causes big losses for orchards

Apple growers call it a disaster. It’s now clear that the hard freeze back in late March has devastated area orchards and one local grower says this could even impact the world market for apples.

New York State is the nation’s second biggest apple producer after Washington State. Most of the Empire State’s production is in the area and a lot of growers had no crop insurance. With far less fruit to harvest, the question becomes, what will a locally grown apple cost you?

If disappointment and heartache were tears, Marty Schutt would need boxes of tissues.

Overnight temps may have spared orchards in Monroe, Wayne County

Overnight temperatures may have spared orchards in Monroe and Wayne Counties closest to Lake Ontario from a hard freeze that was forecast.

Grower Gary Herman says his thermometer recorded a low of 26 degrees in his apple-peach-apricot orchard on Lake Road in Webster. Similar readings were found in Williamson.

But orchards in Orleans County may not have fared as well. Weather stations there recorded a low of 19 degrees in Orleans County.

Herman says it usually takes a couple of days before any damage shows up in the green flower buds, which would turn brown or black if damaged. He says he's fairly confident the apple buds were not harmed. And he's hopeful about his peach trees.

Without flowers, a tree cannot bear any fruit.

Apples are a major crop in the state. New York is second only to Washington state in the production of apples.