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The results are in and the Central New York Nursery and Landscape Association -- Region 4 -- will now be called PLANT CNY!
July’s meeting was our annual Clambake held at the Spinning Wheel on July 12. What a great day we had where 146 people were in attendance. Thank you to our programs chairperson, Dave Iannuzzi, for all his efforts with phone calls, personal visits and fliers he put together for several of our member firms. This year we targeted not only our membership, but other industry businesses to use this event to bring people together in a social, friendly environment. Our hope is the attendance we had at the Clambake is a move in the right direction and we can build on these attendance numbers for future social events.
- A special Thank you to Linda Bennett -- Linda does so much behind the scenes to support us in everything we do. We would truly be lost without her.
- The Spinning Wheel and Staff -- They did another great job with providing all in attendance enough food that no one went away hungry. They also were able to accommodate almost 50 more people than we originally had registered.
- Everyone who attended -- A special thanks to members Randy Reynolds from Clifton Recycling, Mike Wild from Award Winning Landscaping, and industry friend George Fleischman of Fleischman Landscaping, who each brought 10 or more people to the Clambake.
- Also, a thank you to those who traveled the farthest from Buffalo (Joyce Janson, Kim Schichtel, Ed Dore and Dave McIntyre).
- Bob Luckenbaugh from Techo Bloc, who sponsored our first Techo Bloc Open Miniature Golf Tournament, and Leo LaCroix from Belgard Hardscapes, who sponsored the Belgard Belmont Stakes Horseshoe Tournament.
- To everyone who supported our 50/50 Drawing where $500 in tickets were sold. Brett Balstra won the drawing and donated part of his winnings back, which gave us $300 to be used for “Toys for Ted,” to purchase toys in the name of our late member Ted Florczyk. Leo LaCroix also donated one of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Cards that were originally scheduled to be used for the Horseshoe Tournament that never happened, due to everyone socializing. More information on “Toys for Ted” is below.
- To all members and attendees that so graciously donated items to the silent auction, and to the members and attendees that so generously bid on and purchased these items, where over $1,200 was raised for our Scholarship Program.
Speaking of the Scholarship, Congratulations to Elena Doralisa Araya, who was the recipient of the annual Bob Case Scholarship. Elena is a student at ESF, and the daughter of longtime member Fernando Araya.
PLANT CNY has been busy cleaning up the Court of Honor Garden at the New York State Fair. Please see the NYS Fair report below that details the generosity of companies and efforts of those individuals that make the garden look fantastic.
Please also save the date September 20 for our annual Golf Outing that will be held at Woodcrest Golf Club.
Sadly, on May 16, 2018 we lost a longtime industry Friend, supporter and member, Ted Florczyk, owner of Ted’s Landscaping. For decades Ted had graciously donated toys to our annual “Toys for Tots” at our December Holiday Luncheon, and always wanted his donations to be kept anonymous. In memory of Ted, this year's toy collection will be called “Toys for Ted." All collected toys will be donated to Toys for Tots, an organization that CNYSNLA/PLANTCNY has been involved in for the past 25 years.
We kicked this promotion off at the Clambake on July 12 where we raised in excess of $300. These Association proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle will be used to purchase toys for the “Toys for Ted” Memorial to Ted Florczyk. We are currently in discussion with the national “Toys for Tots" to finalize the details on how we will be promoting “Toys for Ted." Please watch for further information which will allow us to collect even more toys in Ted’s name.
State Fair Report
PLANT CNY has been busy cleaning up the Court of Honor Garden at the New York State Fair. Thank you to Fernando Araya and Beth Fry, who have already spent hours in both the Court of Honor and the Bob Case Garden this spring to begin the cleanup. And thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for donating the services to trim back and clean up the large locust in the center of the Court of Honor. Jon Slate was the crew leader, with climber Joe Marino and on the ground, Nate Relyea. Thank you to Rich Croft for organizing their efforts.
On August 2 we held a pre-cleanup of the garden. Dale Tuttle, Aspinall’s Tree Nursery; Fernando Araya, Fine Gardening; Jackie Crane, Little York Plantation; Dannielle Carr, EDR Companies; and Beth Fry, Green Scapes Inc. volunteered their time and expertise, along with former CNYSNLA members Dan Carroll and Ann Fordock.
On August 9 we held the official cleanup of the garden. Food and drinks to keep us motivated were provided by Leo LaCroix and Belgard Hardscapes! Those in attendance who volunteered their efforts in the cleanup were Leo LaCroix, Belgard Hardscapes; Dale Tuttle, Aspinall’s Tree Nursery; Beth Fry, Green Scapes; George Aspinall, Aspinall’s Tree Nursery; Nick Titus, Izyk Landscaping; Scott Schaal, Hunter Springs Landscape Co.; Gerry Rubenstein, Lawn-A-Mat; Ann Fordock, City of Syracuse; Dana Kuhlmann, SiteOne; Brenda Erikson, Chuck Hafner’s Garden Center; and Bill Lentz, Skyworks Equipment Rental.
The NYSNLA Booth setup was completed by Julie Liebmann, Mrs. Green Jeans Landscape & Rocking Horse Farm; Beth Fry, Green Scapes; Dannielle Carr, EDR Companies; and Dale Tuttle, Aspinall’s Tree Nursery.
And thank you to Julie Liebmann for organizing the volunteers staffing the NYSNLA booth.
Materials for the Court of Honor have been generously donated by Little York Plantation, Northern Nurseries, Aspinall’s Tree Nursery, Green Scapes Inc, Medford Nursery, Lasnicki Nursery, Chuck Hafner’s Farm Market & Garden Center, Finger Lakes Mulch and Soil, SiteOne Landscape Supply and Skyworks Equipment Rental.
A very big thank you to everyone who donated materials and donated their time; this garden would not be possible without your support!
Region 7 once again hosted the barbecue put on by the directors of the New York State Nurserymen's Foundation. Fortunately, we set up in the greenhouse at E.P. Jansen Nursery, as we received nearly 4 inches of rain in an hour during the event!
A group of our regular members spent the evening of July 12 landscaping the entrance sign at the new 4-H complex in Otisville, Orange County. The group planted five trees, lots of shrubs, grasses and annuals. Following completion of the planting, we were all fed a barbecue dinner by member Jim Presutti.
In August, Region 8, PLANTstny, held our preseason meeting to determine our upcoming fall schedule. We also began planning for our 2019 Education Day.
Our meetings and events for fall 2018-spring 2019 will be as follows:
- August 24 -- Landscaper Happy Hour at Crossroads, Lansing, 4pm – 7pm
- September 20 – Greenhouse Tour, Owego (details TBD)
- October 5 -- NYSNLA CNLP Day at Draves Arboretum (possibly rent van to attend and combine with region 4)
- October 18 – Binghamton University Greenhouse Tour, Vestal
- November 18 - “Blooms Workshop” hands-on botanical craft at Liquid State Brewery, Ithaca
- December 13 – Holiday Dinner, Location TBD
- January 17 – Education Program at CCE Tioga, Owego (details TBD)
- February 21 – Corning Museum of Glass 2300° Event, Corning
- March 7 OR 14 – Region 8 Education Day
- April 18 – Possible tour of Nanticoke Gardens and dinner at Hillside Garden Landscaping, Endicott
Our tentative CNLP review sessions for 2019 will be March 7, 14 and 21, with the exam will be given on March 28. The review sessions and exam will be held at Cayuga Landscape, Ithaca.