Raffle, survey, gala & more items too good to miss

raffleimage Garden Walk Buffalo
Image from Garden Walk Buffalo.

Hurry to buy tickets for Garden Walk Super Big Raffle

You could win more than $2,800 in plants, gift certificates, merchandise, a Kodak printer, and tickets to see Bill Cosby, the Indigo Girls and Three Dog Night in the Garden Walk Super Big Raffle.

Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com was pleased to donate note cards featuring images by Donna Brok, whose garden photography you can enjoy on her blog, Garden Walk, Garden Talk.

There are dozens of items; see the entire list here.

Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 10 tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at the Garden Walk Buffalo booth during the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26. Tickets will also be available on Saturday, September 8 at Lockwood’s Greenhouse’s Fall Fair — We’ll be telling you more about that great event in an upcoming issue.

The drawing will be held on September 8  at the Garden Walk Buffalo thank you party for the gardeners. You do not have to be present to win.

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Image from Microsoft.

Survey seeks responses on lawn and garden care

Please take a few minutes to answer the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Be Green Great Lakes Survey on current land care practices.

DEC is seeking feedback on how New Yorkers maintain lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs, and how they manage outdoor pests.The survey will be available for your responses for several months.

Be Green in the Great Lakes is a project involving  options to conventional synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

The project is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

For more information, email BGGL@gw.dec.state.ny.us or call 518-402-8652.

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Gala at the Gardens: Honoring Harmony in Nature

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Image from Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

“Honoring Harmony in Nature” will be the theme of this year’s Gala at the Gardens to be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, September 28 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

The event will feature a cocktail reception with silent and basket auctions followed by a sit-down dinner. Tickets are $150 each. Sponsorships are also available.

For more information, call Betsy Webster at (716) 827-1584, ext. 203 or email bwebster@buffalogardens.com.

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Plan aims to make local produce more available & help Erie County farmers

Erie County’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board has released its Draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.

The goals of the plan are to:

  • Create innovative strategies to guide the county to identify and protect agricultural land with development pressure
  • Support new farms and attract new farmers to Erie County
  • Identify strategies to increase the financial viability of agriculture in the county
  • Connect rural and urban farmers with consumers and new markets
  • Increase accessibility of healthy, local food for consumers

See the draft plan here.

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Hosta flower. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko.

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