by Connie Oswald Stofko
Here’s a question from a reader:
I am looking for a book about native plants and weeds in Buffalo or Western New York. My friend likes to walk along the railroad tracks in Buffalo to look at the wildlife but he can’t identify some of the wild flowers and weeds growing along the tracks.
Can you suggest a book I could purchase that would show different kinds of native wildflowers and weeds in this region?
Thanks so much,
My first thought is the Western New York Guide to Native Plants for your Garden that was published by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. You can access it online and you may still be able to find a print copy (scroll to the bottom of that page to see a list of locations.)
It’s a great resource for your garden, but it may not be the field guide that Chris is looking for.
Are there print books, phone apps or even Internet databases that are good for identifying wild plants? If so, please leave a comment below.
How to get your questions answered
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 Chris, please leave a comment below. If you want to know the answer to this question, 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 email@example.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.
For Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County, call (716) 652-5400 from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Chautauqua County, email your question to CCEMGCC@gmail.com; call the Helpline at (716) 664-9502, ext 224, or stop in to the Frank Bragg Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown, from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
There are helpful Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in other counties, too. Find contact information here for your county’s Cooperative Extension office.
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