Evening of Wine & Roses, plus other short items too good to miss

Evening Wine and Roses 2013 Buffalo NY

UPDATE: This event is sold out

New event gives you peek at grand gardens

Get a VIP tour of gardens that never have been– and never will be– on Garden Walk Buffalo in an Evening of Wine and Roses to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26.

This fundraiser for Garden Walk Buffalo begins at the Clement Mansion (Red Cross Building), 786 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, where there is ample free parking. Guests will enjoy wine and light refreshments.

Then they will board luxury motor coaches that will take them on a tour of three exceptional gardens in lovely Buffalo neighborhoods. Musicians from the Community Music School of Buffalo will provide entertainment in the gardens.

Guests will return to the Clement Mansion for a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and wine served in a signature, keepsake wine glass.

While this is an elegant event, remember that you will be walking through gardens– you may want to opt for sandals rather than high heels.

Tickets are $100 per ticket. Reservations are limited to 100 guests. There will be three buses and one bus is already full.  For more information, call (716) 855-1091 or make reservations online.

Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the United States, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28.

More news: Buffalo will be greener for Garden Walk Buffalo. The Peace Bridge and Iskalo’s Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo will be lit up green during Garden Walk weekend.


unidentified plant from a readerReaders: Can you identify this plant?

“Please tell me what plant this is,” said reader Mary Bski.

Readers, especially you Master Gardeners, I’m depending on you. Please help Mary out. If you can figure out what this plant is, please leave a comment below.


Sometimes readers contact me with questions that I can’t answer. I’m not a gardening expert– I’m a writer by profession. I interview knowledgeable people in order to provide you with great articles on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.

So when someone asks a question I can’t answer, I post the question and rely on my readers to share their expertise. If you have advice for Mary, please leave a comment below. If you want to know the answer to these questions, check back later to read the comments.

Sending a question to me to post can be helpful if you’re looking for a wide range of opinions and don’t mind waiting for the answer. If you want to try this route, email the question to me at connie@buffaloniagaragardening.com and I’ll pose it to my readers in an upcoming issue.

A more efficient route for getting your questions answered is to turn to Master Gardeners with Cornell Cooperative Extension or to turn to your local garden center.

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5 Comments on “Evening of Wine & Roses, plus other short items too good to miss

  1. Kirsten, thank you for all that great work! The person who asked the question contacted me on Facebook, so perhaps she isn’t local. It can sometimes be very difficult to name that plant using only a photo. Thanks again.

  2. I looked up Buddleia look alikes and since the poster doesn’t indicate WHERE the picture was taken, it might not be local. There is also something called Blue Mountain Lilac/Deerbrush/California Lilac that thrives in California if the picture was taken there. Also, something called chaste tree that look VERY similar, but grows in zone 5 and 6. When I look at pictures of that tree, I wonder if the picture isn’t that rather than Butterfly Bush. Check out
    http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2220/chaste-tree.php for good pictures of Chaste Trees and I think you’ll see it looks A LOT like the mystery tree.

  3. I was also going to say Buddelia or Butterfly bush. The flowers look like it, and the color. But I can’t get a close up enough look at the leaves to be sure. How tall is this shrub? When did it start to bloom? Butterfly bushes can get to be 10 feet or more tall and started blooming about 2-3 weeks ago depending on the microclimate in the yard/area.

  4. Judie, you are the first to respond. Now that you say it, it does look like a butterfly. Thanks so much for your help.

  5. By now I’m sure you’ve had many responses, that it appears to be a butterfly bush. (Don’t know the Latin name)
    I love your site, thank you for the joy you bring to all gardeners!!!

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