Orchid workshop, a bit of history & other items too good to miss

orchid in Buffalo NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko.

Orchid Care Workshop at Arbordale Nurseries

You can learn basic orchid care from John Kociela of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society during a workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at  Arbordale Nurseries, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville.

Kociela will show how to grow and maintain the most popular type of orchids. His presentation will include proper pruning, feeding and selection techniques.

The workshop is free, but you must preregister. For more information, call 688-9125.


Lancaster Garden Club marks 80th anniversary

Lancaster Garden Club 1933
Photo from Lancaster Garden Club.

On May 17, 1929, Mrs. Birdsey Jackson invited a small group of women to meet at her home to form a garden club, which became the Federated Lancaster Garden Club. At left, in 1933, club members participated in a George Washington party, a social event.

The club will commemorate its 80th anniversary with a celebration at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Lancaster Country Club, 6061 Broadway, Lancaster, New York. Members and past members are invited to attend. Reservations are due tomorrow, June 13. For more information and reservations, please call Debbie at 681-0744.

When the club started, every meeting was held at the home of a member and included a social hour, according to information from Stevie Basinski, honorary member. Meetings were held twice a month.

A Junior Garden Club was formed for children in the village, and their accomplishments included planting and labeling French and Persian lilacs in Como Park. The club’s first flower show attracted 1,500 flower lovers who crowded the Masonic Temple. In 1943 the club landscaped the Lancaster Public Library.

During World War II, the garden club furnished cookies, candy, and decorations for the air cadets of Curtiss Air. Between bond selling and victory garden hoeing, the program schedules were continued.

Find out more about current activities of the Lancaster Garden Club.

Buffalo in Bloom 2011 at 210 W. Ferry St., Buffalo NY
210 W. Ferry St., Buffalo was recognized last year during Buffalo in Bloom. Photo from Buffalo in Bloom.


Buffalo in Bloom needs volunteer scouts; you don’t have to live in the city

Buffalo in Bloom is looking for volunteers to scout City of Buffalo neighborhoods and find front yards that should be recognized. You don’t have to live in the city to participate.

With between one and three other gardening enthusiasts, you go out for one day to tour a selected area of the city. You choose any day between July 1 and July 22.

Your goal is to find as many front yard gardens in your assigned area as you can and that your scouting team agrees should receive special recognition for their extra effort to beautify their street and city.

Find out more here, or go to the Buffalo in Bloom website. You can find an application online, or email volunteer@buffaloinbloom.com to become involved.

If you do live in the city, spruce up your front yard and you might get bloomed!


Summer Sweepstakes for Botanical Gardens offers $2,500 cash prize

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is running a Summer Sweepstakes with a top cash prize of $2,500.

Each ticket costs $50 and gives you 10 chances to win. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

You can purchase tickets online; by phone at 827-1584, ext. 203 or ext. 204, or in the Gift Shop at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

Winners will be drawn at noon on Oct. 1 at the Botanical Gardens. You do not need to be present to win.

Other prizes are:

  • 2nd Prize – $1,000 cash
  • 3rd Prize – $500 cash
  • 4th Prize – $250 cash
  • 5th Prize – $250 cash
  • 6th Prize – $100 Wegmans gift card
  • 7th Prize – $100 Wegmans gift card
  • 8th Prize – $100 Wegmans gift card
  • 9th Prize – $100 Wegmans gift card
  • 10th Prize – $100 Wegmans gift card

All proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens.


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