by Connie Oswald Stofko
This is my last issue for 2014, but I will return Jan. 13 with more gardening tips and hints on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.
In the meantime, I’ll continue updating the Events page, so you’re welcome to check back to find out about all the great gardening activities in Western New York.
This past year had its ups and downs for Western New York gardeners. It started with a bitter winter, but at least all that snow we got helped to protect our gardens. We contented ourselves with indoor gardening using cyclamen and succulents. We started planning for spring by introducing you to permaculture and edible landscapes.
Finally warm weather arrived and the garden walks began. In a piece of good news, we learned that the National Garden Festival, which had been looking for ways to become sustainable, would be absorbed by Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden walk in the United States. That should provide some stability to all the events we’ve come to love through the National Garden Festival.
There were lots of other events, too, the first official Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival and a Celebration of Coleus & Color, which was sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. And who could forget Morty, the corpse flower with a scent of rotting garbage, that bloomed this summer? There were also classes, workshops, talks and sales.
What we will all remember most about the autumn is the Snowvember storm, an unrelenting lake-effect storm.
We started planning for next spring by telling you about the illustrated guide to native plants for WNY available for free from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
It was a great year for me because I got to interact with so many enthusiastic gardeners. I love meeting you when I have a table at an event or bump into you as I’m photographing gardens. And many of you leave helpful comments and share your knowledge. All of that is what makes this endeavor so much fun.
You have all been an extraordinary gift to me. I am so grateful for your support.
I have lots of great stories planned for 2015. I’ll see you then!