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Indoor & outdoor plant tasks, plus more news from Master Gardeners

Every month, the Master Gardeners of Erie County share great information through WNY Gardening Matters, their online publication. January is a time for planning for the coming season. In “This Month in the Garden,” the Master Gardeners give us some direction for our planning. In the same article, get tips for houseplants as well...
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January 17, 2017
oak wilt

Prune oak trees now to protect against spreading disease called oak wilt

Pruning oak trees in winter can help protect the oaks from becoming infected with oak wilt, a fungal disease that can be deadly for oaks, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The disease was discovered in six new locations in New York State last year and can be spread by beetles...
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January 17, 2017
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Hurry to apply for Master Gardener training in Erie County; deadline is Jan. 20

Classes to train new Master Gardener volunteers will be held by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County, but to be considered for the program, you must get all the paperwork for your application to the office by 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The office is located in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft...
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January 17, 2017
gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

Drought tops list of gardening topics as we look back at 2016

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was going to say that the drought is probably what Western New York gardeners will remember most about 2016, but we may have to get used to summers like this. Our climate patterns have changed, and Western New York gardeners should expect more hot, dry summers, according to Cornell University....
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December 20, 2016
poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2016

Cash prizes & exhibit offered in Capen Garden Walk art contest; deadline is Feb. 15

Artwork is being sought to create the the official poster that will advertise the 2017 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2017 Gardening Art Competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work. The first-place winner’s...
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December 20, 2016

Fire used as conservation tool on Niagara Escarpment Preserve

Forest fires raged out of control in several southern states last month, but fire, when controlled, can also be used as a conservation tool. The Western New York Land Conservancy did that on Nov. 7 when it burned a grassland at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. It was the first...
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December 20, 2016

Botanical Gardens aims for Jan. 14 opening of rehabbed houses

by Connie Oswald Stofko An Asian theme and new features are in store when Houses 2 and 3 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens finally reopen after extensive renovations. The goal is to have the buildings open to the public on Jan. 14, said David J. Swarts, president and CEO of the...
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December 13, 2016
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What to do about mealy bugs on houseplants, plus more tips

Mealybugs can be a problem for your houseplants during winter. Find out what to do about this pest in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Mealybugs are tiny, but they’re a problem because they suck fluid from plant, weakening the plant...
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December 13, 2016
lily centerpiece for Christmas at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Homegrown lilies are part of Christmas centerpiece

Whether you’re looking for a decoration for your home or a gift for a friend, think of fresh flowers. The centerpiece pictured uses oriental lilies grown in the greenhouses at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Even the pine cones are sourced locally. Other flower and plant suggestions include miniature gardens,...
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December 13, 2016