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New seed library is forming; first meeting set for March 4

The first organizational meeting of a new group, the Green Sun Seed Library/Bank, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4 in the auditorium of the Niagara Branch Library, 280 Porter Ave., Buffalo. There is a small parking lot next to the library and plenty of parking spaces on the street....
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February 21, 2017
orchids at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardems

Orchid Show set this weekend at Botanical Gardens

Dozens of hand-picked and award-winning orchids will be on display during the annual winter Orchid Show to be held this weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday,...
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February 21, 2017
title for video Two Remarkably Different Looks Using Succulents

Two remarkably different looks using only succulents; how to keep them small

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can create remarkably different looks using nothing but succulents. In this video, you’ll see how to create two container gardens. One is an elegant, low-growing garden in cool blues. The other is a larger, wilder look in hot Southwestern colors. Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118...
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February 14, 2017
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Some seeds you can start now, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

You should wait a few weeks to start most seeds indoors, but there are some seeds you can start now, according to an article in this month’s edition of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Erie County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension. Slow growers such as celery, leek, and onion transplants need 10...
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February 14, 2017
Vendors sought for Garden Art Sale; deadline is March 3

Vendors sought for Garden Art Sale; deadline is March 3

Vendors of garden-oriented or nature-themed works that can be displayed in a garden setting are being sought for the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The deadline...
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February 14, 2017

Video: Get creative with succulents

by Connie Oswald Stofko Succulents can cascade over the side of a pot, grow upright or be sort of wild in shape. They can be green or purple or even multicolored. Some get pretty flowers! Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, introduces us to several different kinds...
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February 7, 2017
maple seeds on tree in Western New York

Sales of tree seedlings under way; schools can get free trees

You can buy tree and shrub seedlings through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation or through various counties. There are deadlines to order. Seedlings are also available to schools free from the State DEC. State DEC More than 50 species of trees and shrubs will be available from the New York State...
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February 7, 2017
street trees in autumn in Western New York by Stofko

Grants available for Arbor Day & tree projects; urban tree of year is chestnut oak

Arbor Day grants Applications are due Feb. 28 for grants for small communities to have an Arbor Day tree-planting event and to establish a community- based forestry program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to communities or nonprofits that work in partnership with communities to celebrate Arbor Day 2017 by both planting...
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February 7, 2017
climate change illustration copyright Stofko

What WNY gardeners should know about climate science

by Connie Oswald Stofko Climate change is real We can see the effects of climate change in our area. Our gardening zones in Western New York were changed to reflect our warmer temperatures. The US Department of Agriculture website unveiled a new map of gardening zones in 2012 and noted: “The new map is...
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January 31, 2017