Fairy garden workshop set & more gardening news

fairy garden workshop in Amherst NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Fairy garden workshops set at Mischler’s

Fairy garden workshops will be held Saturday, June 22 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will last about two hours.

The first half of each workshop will consist of an explanation and demonstration by Mischler’s creative staff. Attendees will learn how to design and build a miniature garden.

The second half of the workshop will be a hands-on experience as Mischler’s staff assist you with planting your own fairy garden.

A fee of $20 is required the day of the event and includes a 12-inch bowl, potting mix, plants and a fairy figurine.

In addition, Mischler’s will offer a 10 percent discount on any item purchased from its Fairy Nook during the workshop.

You can bring your child or grandchild to share in this unique gardening experience. Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop.

Reservations are necessary. To make a reservation, call Mischler’s at 632-1290.


Volunteers needed to tackle invasion of water chestnuts

Big Pond at Jamestown Audubon
Photo courtesy Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Volunteers are needed for a major effort to minimize the spread of water chestnut, an invasive aquatic plant that has a foothold in the Big Pond at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary and threatens the ponds and lakes of Chautauqua County if it spreads.

“We are working to control this plant using a series of measures that have not been tried on such a scale, including lowering the water level of Big Pond,” said Ruth Lundin, president of the Jamestown Audubon. “Our goal is that no flowers set seed this year.”

A series of chestnut pulling days will be held, requiring scores of volunteers. You can participate or even put together a team that will adopt an area of Big Pond to keep it clear of water chestnut.

The first pull will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, at the center, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. It will start with an orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut and will end with a lunch where everyone will report back with their results.

Reservations are required so that organizers have enough tools and food. For more information or to sign up, call Jamestown Audubon at (716) 569-2345 or e-mail at rlundin@jamestownaudubon.org.


landscape at Forest Lawn in Buffalo NY
Photo courtesy Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn needs volunteers

“Returning the forest to Forest Lawn” is the goal of Forest Lawn’s Landscape Renewal Plan, and volunteers are needed to help with planting, mulching, weeding, watering,  seasonal tree pruning and other projects.

You may attend as many sessions as your schedule permits; no reservations are necessary. Sessions will be held rain or shine, but they will be canceled if thunder, lightning or high winds are predicted.

Tools will be provided, though volunteers are encouraged to bring their favorite gardening tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate outdoor attire, footwear and sunscreen. Bottled water will be available.

The group will meet at the gazebo in the meadow next to the Forest Lawn chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. To reach the chapel, enter through either set of gates and follow the white line on the road.

Sessions are scheduled for:

Friday mornings

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

June 14, 21, 28

July 12, 19, 26

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

September 6, 13, 20, 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25

Tuesdays: Sunset Gardening

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

June 11, 18, 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

August 6, 13, 20, 27

September 3, 10, 17, 24

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Second Saturdays

9 a.m. – Noon

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

For more information about the Landscape Renewal Volunteer program, visit Forest Lawn’s volunteer page or call Matt Quirey at 885-1606, ext. 213.



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