Garden walk season is on the way, & more items too good to miss

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Garden walk season is on the way! This week I got my first email announcing the dates for a garden walk. The 9th Annual Lockport in Bloom will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. See more details on our Upcoming Events Page.

It’s not too early to submit information on your garden walk or other gardening events. By March people start asking me when particular summer events will be held. It’s great when I can tell them that the details are listed on our Upcoming Events Page.

As soon as you have the details for your garden walk or any other gardening event that is open to the public, please email me at (the email works with a hyphen or without a hyphen).

Be sure to include the time, day, date, place and street address, as well as any other information people need to know.

The photo at the beginning of this article is from the garden of Mark and Meghan Vavalle of Lockport. Photo is by Connie Oswald Stofko.


Congratulate Grassroots Gardens & look for their upcoming workshops

Grassroots Gardens garden 2 in Buffalo NY
Photo from Grassroots Gardens.

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo received the 2013 Community Leader Award from the National Federation for Just Communities.

This award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in their community on behalf of others. The National Federation for Just Communities’ mission is to overcome racism, bias and discrimination by building understanding, respect and trust through education, advocacy and community involvement.

Grassroots Gardens has also been busy planning a series of gardening workshops to be held at Urban Roots Community Garden Center, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. Workshops are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

To register, please call Grassroots Gardens at (716) 783-9653 or email Space is limited so registration is required.

More workshops may be added, but scheduled workshops include:

  • Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon: “Gardening for Small Spaces” by Patti Jablonski Dopkin
  • Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.: “Square Foot Gardening” by Caesandra Seawell
  • Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m.: “Seed Starting” by Richard Price
  • Sunday, March 10 at noon: “Soil Science: Fertilizers and Amendments” by David Clark
  • Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.: “Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Beneficial Insects to Your Garden” by Wayne Robins
  • Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.: “Urban Mushrooming” by Richard Price
  • Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. “Rain Gardens” by Caesandra Seawell at Pelion Community Garden
  • Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m.: “Building a Raised Bed” by Jim Horn in a community garden location to be announced
  • Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m.: “Vertical Gardening” by Caesandra Seawell at Pelion Community Garden

Bonus tip: Grassroots Gardens  is accepting applications for new community gardens in the City of Buffalo until the end of February. For applications, please visit their website at

On Wednesday, Feb. 13 the Grassroots Gardens office will be open late to offer assistance to community members interested in applying to start a new community garden through Grassroots Gardens. We will be in the office until 7 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance with completing the application. If you plan on attending, please call the office 716 783-9653 to let them know.

For more classes and workshops, check out our Upcoming Events Page.


Jobs available at Mischler’s

logo for Mischler's Florist and Greenhouses in Williamsville NYFull- and part-time employees will be needed beginning in March to fill customer service and cashier positions in the garden shop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221.

Applicants should possess good communication and basic mathematical skills. Knowledge of gardening helpful but not necessary. Hours are flexible.

Mischler’s normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Application forms are available at Mischler’s and will be accepted for consideration after Valentine’s Day.

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