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Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival: It’s flowers & more

by Connie Oswald Stofko Cherry trees are already flowering in the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park. Will there still be cherry blossoms to enjoy during the 11th Annual Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival next week? “I feel 100 percent confident that we will have cherry trees in bloom for the festival,” said Paula Hinz, co-founder of the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 inside the…

hummingbird at Phygeliius

Prepare for hummingbirds in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Hummingbirds generally arrive in Western New York at the end of April or early May. I’ve seen some mentions online saying that hummingbirds have already been spotted in Chautauqua County, but according to this map, they haven’t arrived yet (as of Tuesday morning, April 16). Perhaps people are seeing male hummingbirds. The males arrive a week or so before females, according to “When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring” from Audubon.org. It’s possible that…

illustration with garden trowel, mushroom, plant sprout and raindrop

Garden Symposium set on May 4 in Jamestown

“Unicorn” plants for changing gardens and ecofriendly rain gardens are among the topics to be presented at the 2024 Garden Symposium to be held by Master Gardener Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. The symposium will take place from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Jamestown Community College, Carnahan Jackson Building, 241 James St., Jamestown. Here is the list of speakers and topics: Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with fellow garden enthusiasts. Admission is $30 for the public or $20 for Master Gardeners from any county. Lunch will be available for an additional $11. Get tickets here. For more information, email chautauquamg@cornell.edu…

grass path in Hamburg Garden Walk Hamburg NY

Art, nature & philosophy mix in this landscape on Hamburg Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Come to the party! Life is a feast,” said an enthusiastic Jack Edson, expressing his outlook on his gardens and his life. I visited his landscape last year on the Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk. He touched on many topics, including nature, art and philosophy. As he discussed the mulberry trees in his yard, Edson noted that they have a painterly quality. He pointed out the light and dark of the mulberry leaves, and compared that…