A look back on gardening in Western New York 2023

by Connie Oswald Stofko

As 2023 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at the year in gardening in Western New York.

Let’s start with events. There were classes, workshops, exhibits, plant exchanges, sales and garden club meetings—all helpful and fun. (All the garden club meetings on my Events page are open to the public.)

Then there were the garden walks and Open Gardens. More than 400 gardens were open for you to visit—for free! Garden Walk Buffalo itself is the largest garden tour in North America. Add in 15 other garden walks, plus Open Gardens, and it’s hard to wrap your head around how fortunate we are to have this unique gardening culture.

There are other events that take place under the umbrella of Gardens Buffalo Niagara: the Garden Art Sale, Urban Farm Day, Conservation Day on Bidwell Parkway the Garden Bike Ride, the Children’s Garden Festival and East Side Garden Walk.

It’s a lot! In a good way!

Jay Jinge Hu, who shares his landscape on Open Gardens, created the video above to give you a sense of how much is going on in the gardening community here.

The graphics in the video were done by Jim Charlier, who is on Open Gardens, too. Charlier is also the co-author of Harry Potter: Herbology Magic: Botanical Projects, Terrariums, and Gardens Inspired by the Wizarding World and, with Sally Cunningham, Buffalo-Style Gardens.

Sometimes we actually took time to work in our own gardens and to read articles in Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com! A few of the topics we discussed here in 2023 were:

This is our last edition of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com for 2023, but we’ll be back on Jan. 16.

What are your gardening highlights from 2023? What will you do differently in 2024? Please leave a comment below.

2 Comments on “A look back on gardening in Western New York 2023

  1. Thank you, Connie! that was Beautiful! you always inspire me, regardless of the weather and season outside!!!!

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