Speaking Events

The Calendar fills in quickly, so book Sally or Jim for your next event!

For speaking engagements by Sally and/or Jim, please contact:

Sally Talks in Green | Sally Trips in Red | JIM Talks in Blue

February 13 & 14, 2019
Skaneateles: Nursery & Landscape Education Day of Central New York (SALLY)
Keynote: Buffalo Style Gardens–Originality and Fame (with design and plant ideas for landscapers)
You may not yet know that Buffalo has the largest garden tourism event in the U.S.,–to the extent that the phrase “Buffalo style gardens” is out there. These private gardens–a few with help from Region 6 landscapers–are originals in their hardscape, art, design features, plant choices and combinations. Paths, walls, hedges, art, focal points, gazebos and pergolas are part of the charm–just some of the ideas you can offer your own customers. After the talk, Buffalo Style Gardens will be available for signing.
Additional talk, time t.b.d.: Landscape and Garden Myths and Wisdom—What we’ve learned

February 21-24, 2019
Home and Outdoor Living Expo (SALLY) 

Special opportunity: A drawing will be held during each talk for a Big Yellow Bag of great garden soil, valued at more than $150! Hamburg, NY, Fairgrounds.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Get Ready to Garden!
Sally’s high-speed primer for great gardens: Soil prep, Choosing flowers and veggies, Planting, Watering, Pest prevention, and What’s new this year…. All questions welcome!
Friday, February 22, 2019 Buffalo-Style Gardens
Based on her new book, Sally shows you the amazing gardens of the Buffalo Niagara region with ideas you can take home about garden design, art and hardscape, and great plants. Door prizes to be drawn.
Saturday, February 23 Landscape and Garden Myths and Wisdom—What we’ve learned
Things have changed during the last decades about planting, pruning, soil, lawn care, design, and pest management—not to mention the plants available for your yard and gardens! Sally will bust some myths, recommend best practices, and answer any questions. Door prizes.
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Buffalo-Style Gardens
(As described above, Friday program)
Sunday, February 24, 2019 The Most-asked Garden Questions (plus new ones from you…)
Wherever Sally goes people ask about hydrangeas, deer, Japanese beetles, clay soil, garden products, and what’s happening with their trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Hear some answers and ask your own questions. Door prizes.

March 1
Compost Workshop for Teachers (SALLY)
with EcoVerde Organics

March 3-5 and 7-9 (two trips), 2019
Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens Conservatory 
Show theme: Flower Power! Trips includes two nights, comfortable motor coach, guidance and education by Sally. 1-855-862-6651; see AAA.com/groups.

March 11
Salamanca Garden Club
Guests welcome; contact ron1nan2@atlanticbb.net

March 20

For details and admission fee, visit www.plantasiany.com
March 21-24: 2:00 p.m. daily
Buffalo Style Gardens presentations
Jim Charlier on Thursday and Friday; Sally Cunningham on Saturday and Sunday.

March 26
Welcome Spring! Luncheon
The Garrett Club of Buffalo (Private club)

March 30
Buffalo Style Gardens: What gardeners everywhere can learn(SALLY)
Association of Pennsylvania Garden Clubs and Penn State, Bradford, PA. See the flyer here.

March 31, 1:30p.m.
Buffalo-Style Gardens  (SALLY)
By reservation, 716-649-4684; or online at www.weknowplants.com; fee $10/person)
Lockwood’s Greenhouses, Hamburg NY.

April 10
Garden Design as seen in Buffalo Style Gardens (luncheon)
Batavia, NY, Master Gardeners

April 10
Welcome to Spring!
Reception with Buffalo-Style Gardens program. Wanakah Country Club

April 11
Buffalo-Style Gardens program
Public welcome, Lancaster Garden Club. Contact humm929@yahoo.com

May 9
Buffalo-Style Gardens (SALLY & JIM)
“Celebration of Spring” luncheon, private event, The Garret Club.

June 19, 2019
Flamborough Horticultural Society (IIM)
Waterdown, Ontario 7 p.m.

June 20-25, 2019
Gardens of Coastal New England (with Newport)

For tour details see AAA.com/groups (1-855-862-6651) See the mansions as well as smaller, beautifully designed gardens, and stroll through the Newport Flower Show; elegant accommodations and fine dining included, plus education with Sally

June 29-July 6, 2019
England: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Plus visits to Bath, Oxford, Gardens in the Cotswolds, Dinner cruise on the Thames, Hidcote Manor, Cardiff Castle & more…(TGD442) 1-855-862-6651; see AAA.com/groups

July Dates TBD
One-day trips to great gardens of Buffalo and the Buffalo/Niagara region 
Watch for more, and book the calendar: July 27-28, Garden Walk Buffalo—25th Year! Books for sale at headquarters.

November 29-December 6, 2019 AMA River Cruise: Budapest & Nuremberg, Christmas Markets of Europe (TCR1068) (SALLY)
If you’ve never done a river cruise, you haven’t experienced true luxury… Let AAA spoil you—with a little help from Sally.


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Photo by Beth Insalaco

“Sally Cunningham and Jim Charlier have been deeply involved in the revolution of gardening taking place in and around Buffalo. …the perfect gardeners to show us all how to create our own Buffalo-style garden no matter where we live.”
~ Carol Michel, author, Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life