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200 gardens to visit this week in WNY!

by Connie Oswald Stofko In other areas of the United States, there might be 15 private gardens to visit in one year. In Western New York, there are about 200 gardens to see this week alone! Open Gardens begin this Thursday and Friday, and six garden walks take place this weekend. Open Gardens Open Gardens start Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8. Like garden walks, you can visit these private gardens at certain times and days. Instead of being…

hose slowly watering plant

Reminder: Water when it rains & water when it doesn’t

by Connie Oswald Stofko I once saw a garden that was the kind I wanted to have. It was full of healthy, vibrant flowers. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the plants in that garden were the same ones I already had in my own garden. “Why doesn’t my garden look like yours?” I asked the gardener. “What are you doing that I’m not doing?” Her response: “Water when it rains; water when it doesn’t.” Think about it. You might…

Graycliff at twilight in Derby NY

Twilight open house tours set at Graycliff

See Graycliff’s gardens, grounds and the first floor of the main house at your own pace during the self-guided twilight tours from 4-8 p.m. Fridays, July 8, 15 and 22 at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd., Derby. As the sun begins to set over Lake Erie, you can linger, reflect, look closer and soak in all of the details that make Graycliff so enchanting. While this is not a docent-led tour, volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may…

wandering dude hanging baskets at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Recharge houseplants outdoors while they fill in your landscape

by Connie Oswald Stofko Several weeks ago, the folks at one garden center suggested I do an article about houseplants–in summer! That’s an odd topic for this time of year, I thought to myself. Then another garden center suggested the same thing. When a third garden center brought up houseplants, I knew I had to find out more. Here are some reasons to pay attention to houseplants in summer: Healthier houseplants Your houseplants will grow better outside because they can…

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