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fall mums budding and in flower

Our hot September weather means mum season is just starting

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week the calendar said it was autumn, but it still felt like summer. Mums thought it was still summer, too, and they were late in blooming this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Usually Labor Day is the beginning of...
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September 27, 2016
autumn display with pumpkins

Beyond the jack-o’-lantern: Decorate with pumpkins & make a snack, too

by Connie Oswald Stofko For Halloween and other autumn holidays, it’s fun to decorate with pumpkins, and you can do more than carve a jack-o’-lantern. Here are a couple other ideas for decorating with pumpkins, along with a tip for cooking pumpkin seeds. Make an outdoor display Instead of just setting a single pumpkin...
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September 27, 2016
halloween-miniature garden in cauldron

Make a spooky miniature garden at Mischler’s

Add a new dimension to your Halloween decorating with a spooky miniature garden during a workshop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The same workshop will be held at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Choose from a variety of succulent plants along with bits of...
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September 27, 2016
volunteers on green roof at Springville Center for the Arts

Tour green roof project in Springville

The Springville Center for the Arts will host a Hard Hat Tour of its construction project, including the green roof, at 5 East Main St., Springville at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Anyone may attend the tour, but it does require the use of stairs. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to scaseth@gmail.com or...
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September 27, 2016
diagram showing how to layer bulbs

Enjoy waves of spring color– in a single spot

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a way to enjoy waves of spring color in a single spot in a garden bed– or even in a container. This information came to me from Joanie Long, chair of the horticulture committee with the East Aurora Garden Club, who gave a presentation to her club on the...
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September 20, 2016
kokedama moss ball garden

Make a kokedama moss ball garden at Botanical Gardens

Kokedama or moss ball gardening will be offered for the first time from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 as part of the Make-it Take-it series at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Kokedama is a Japanese hanging garden that originated from bonsai styles. These trendy arrangements are created...
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September 20, 2016
photo of ferns

Photo contests: Audubon names winners; Botanical Gardens adds Selfie category

See the winners in one local photo contest and get set to enter your photos in another. The Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown has posted the winners in its 2016 Nature Photography Contest- stunning! The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has added a new category, Best Selfie, in its digital photo contest this year,...
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September 20, 2016
patio with a view

Building a path or patio: Is this a project for you?

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last month, we talked about a project most home gardeners can do, building a garden wall, and we discussed the advantages of using natural stone instead of concrete. A reader asked if we would do something about building flat areas. To recap: In the previous article, we talked about building...
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September 13, 2016
leaf watercolor with Zentangle

Classes set by Master Gardeners in East Aurora

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will hold a series of three gardening classes to be held in late September and early October. The classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Dard Hunter Hall (upstairs meeting room) at the Print Shop on the Roycroft Campus at 21...
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September 13, 2016