Make arrangement of potted perennials, plus more news

completed memory garden in Williamsville NYFresh flower arrangement lasts for years– it’s made of potted perennials!

This arrangement makes a great gift for a gardener. Not only is it gorgeous, the recipient can actually have all of these flowers in his or her garden next year!

That’s because these aren’t cut flowers; this is actually an arrangement of potted perennial plants.

This idea comes to us from Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Last year he gave us directions for making an arrangement of potted perennials.

Yadon calls these arrangements memory gardens. They are often used to memorialize a person who has died. The arrangement can be sent to the funeral home. After the funeral, the family can transplant the flowers, and the garden bed becomes a living memorial to the deceased person.

If you don’t want to make the arrangement yourself, Mischler’s can prepare one for you.

Hurry; the season for this arrangement is coming to a close.

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Lasting Dreams Daylilies fieldsSee fields of daylilies at peak bloom

Whether you want to buy plants or just enjoy the view, stop into Lasting Dreams Daylilies, 6425 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Artists, photographers and tourists as well as shoppers are welcome.

Carol and Anthony Haj, owners of Lasting Dreams Daylilies, grow 1,200 cultivars, and the majority are in full bloom or just starting their bloom cycle now. More than 70 of the cultivars are up for national awards this year.

The Hajes will dig up the plant of your choice from the field for you to buy, or you may purchase plants already potted and ready to go.

Their hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Tuesday, July 30, with the exception of Friday, July 26, when they will close at 4 p.m. (They’re closed today, Tuesday, July 23.) Other times are by appointment only.

Daylilies are easy to grow and are drought resistant.

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Volunteers needed at Japanese Garden during Garden Walk Buffalo

The Japanese Garden of Buffalo is looking for three or more volunteers to greet visitors to the Japanese Garden during  Garden Walk Buffalo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. Volunteers need to be friendly, social folks who can hand out Garden Walk Buffalo maps and answer simple questions about the Japanese Garden. All information will be included in a handout if people want it.

If you are interested in spending a two-hour shift in a pretty place, contact Trudy Stern at tstern2@aol.com.Ryland King wins scholarship from Orchard Park Garden Club

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Orchard Park Garden Club awards scholarship

Ryland King, son of Joy and Trevor King, has been awarded the Marion A. Wilhelm College Scholarship by the Orchard Park Garden Club.

Ryland plans to study fish and wildlife biology at Finger Lakes Community College and then transfer to SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry to complete his studies. He loves fishing and hopes to pursue a career as a fish biologist or a Department of Environmental Conservation officer.

This scholarship is supported by proceeds from the Orchard Park Garden Club’s plant sale and other fundraisers.

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Next issue: our coverage of the Town of Amherst Garden Walk

Don’t worry; we didn’t forget about the Amherst Garden Walk, which took place Saturday, July 20. We’ll bring you an article  in our next issue with photos of lush landscaping surrounding a large pool and surprises at every turn.

There is so much happening during the National Garden Festival! This weekend is Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden walk in the entire United States. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.

Keep up with all the exciting events on our Upcoming Events Page.

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3 Comments on “Make arrangement of potted perennials, plus more news

  1. If you plant perennials in a container such as a barrel, will they grow again next year in that barrel or should they be taken out and planted in the ground?

  2. Linda, My apologies. Apparently I’m suffering from Rip VanWinkle syndrome and awoke to the fact that your perennial container question had not been answered.
    Most containers are subject to freezing and thus cracking. A wooden barrel may fair better to freeze expansion and thawing. The issue is the hardiness if the perennial to withstand the freezing of that container above ground. Perennials that are hardy to zones at least 2 below ours will stand a much better chance of survival. If you decide to transplant, it should be done early fall to give the roots time to acclimate before the temperature drops below freezing.

  3. Thank you for responding. I figured it best to take them out of there. It’s just a matter of finding open space! I do love my flowers and I keep adding more and more!

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