Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

Volunteers needed to plant trees for water quality project in Niagara Falls

October 11, 2016
planting tree by water

Community volunteers are needed to help plant trees along the shoreline of Gill Creek in Niagara Falls, which will be part of a larger creek-wide restoration effort. The planting event, organized by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Advance registration is required. Register online or by...
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Riverkeeper wins international recognition; gardeners can help keep our water clean

October 4, 2016
planting by water

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which works to keep our local waterways clean and healthy, recently won a prestigious international prize for its work. The Thiess International Riverprize is awarded each year to organizations demonstrating outstanding results in sustainable river basin management, restoration and protection worldwide. The award was presented Sept. 13 at the annual International...
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Fungal disease may affect vinca minor, plus more info from Master Gardeners

August 30, 2016
vinca minor in Amherst NY by Stofko

If you’re noticing dying stems and leaves on your vinca minor (also known as myrtle or periwinkle), it might not be due to the dry weather. It might be a fungal disease. You find out more in the article “Potential Problem with Vinca Minor,” one of the articles in September’s edition of WNY Gardening...
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See another side of gardening; sign up now for local bus tours

July 12, 2016
Beyond Flowers Tour in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The response we always get is, ‘I had no idea these things were happening,'” said Mary Van Vorst. That’s the reaction from people who went on the Beyond Flowers Tour and the East Side Momentum Tour. Van Vorst is one of the volunteers who helped organize these bus tours, which...
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No, there’s no labeling on use of neonicotinoids in plants or seeds

May 24, 2016
bee and milkweed flower in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got this question from a reader: Hi Connie, How can we be sure that we aren’t buying plants that have been treated with neonics, or grown from seeds containing neonics? Is there a standard label to look for? Or certain brands that don’t deal in them? Thanks. Kristen Buffalo...
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Author Doug Tallamy to discuss how gardeners can help rebuild nature

May 3, 2016
monarch on milkweed

Historically, we have landscaped to add beauty to our yards, without much thought to the role that plants provide in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The way we think about our yards needs to shift, according to award-winning author Doug Tallamy. In an event organized by the Western New York Land Conservancy, Tallamy will present “Rebuilding...
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Grant to WNY Land Conservancy to aid restoration of Stella Niagara Preserve

April 25, 2016
Stella Niagara Preserve

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded $70,000 in two separate grants to the Western New York Land Conservancy. A transaction grant will support the Land Conservancy’s work in creating the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston—the most important and highest profile project in the Land Conservancy’s quarter-century...
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Rain barrels & composters for sale, plus gardening tips for Earth Day

April 19, 2016

by Connie Oswald Stofko Just in time for Earth Day, a sale of rain barrels and compost bins is being held by Erie County and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition. This year, a kitchen compost container and a compost turning tool will also be offered. Orders must be placed by May 20. You...
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Get rid of lesser celandine– It’s pretty, but it will take over your lawn

April 19, 2016
lesser celandine in Buffalo NY by Mike Fabrizio

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’ve been noticing the pretty yellow blooms of lesser celandine all over my neighborhood. It’s pretty, but it can take over your lawn. Here’s an email I recently got from a reader: I have this weed and it is now covering my entire back yard and is headed into the...
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A garden where you can have it all: Find out how at Erie County Master Gardener event

February 16, 2016
garden courtesy Kerry Ann Mendez

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you do it right, you can have pretty flowers while helping the environment–  and save time and money, too! Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer, writer, speaker and consultant, will show you how to do that in two talks during the Education Day to be held by the Cornell Cooperative...
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