Connie Oswald Stofko
Connie Oswald Stofko. Photo courtesy Cathy Miller

Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com is the online gardening magazine for Buffalo and Western New York.

How many times have you opened a glossy national gardening magazine and fallen in love with a perennial, only to find it’s not hardy in our region? Or seen an ad for an interesting item, then realized that the nursery is far away?

At Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, we give you tips that will really work here. We show lots and lots of pictures of gardens that are like yours — or how yours could be. You get interviews and advice from local experts, as well as news of upcoming events and gardening activities. And you’re able to join the discussion, too, through our comments feature.

Take a look around and let us know what you think!


Connie Oswald Stofko



I can speak to your group

If you’d like an entertaining and informative gardening talk, illustrated with lots of great photos, contact me.

“Oh, Deer!” is my newest talk. Find out why gardeners now have so many problems with deer and get some tips on how you can deal with these hungry critters. Disclaimer: No, there isn’t any foolproof way of stopping deer, but there are things that might help.

In “45 Gardening Tips in 45 minutes,” I share some of the best tips I’ve come across while interviewing home gardeners and gardening experts. This is also a PowerPoint presentation. Of course, this presentation can be adjusted to fit various time frames.

“45 More Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes.” I’ve found 45 new tips, and I’ll follow the same format, scrambling to offer one tip per minute. It’s fun just to see whether I can beat the clock!

In “Get Crafty in Your Garden,” I’ll show you ideas for items you can make for your garden as well as from your garden.

“Don’t Just Gawk—Learn on Garden Walks!” Garden walks are fun, but if all you do is look at the yards as if you’re a tourist, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to learn how to make your own landscape better. I will show you how to make sure you come home from garden walks with great ideas you can use in your own landscape, and I’ll share gardening tips I learned on garden walks.

In “Express Your Personality,” I show you the gardens of folks I’ve met writing articles for Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com and show how their gardens reflect their lifestyles and personalities. I’ll share their gardening tips along the way. The presentation aims to motivate you to be creative in your garden and share your personality.

Please contact Connie Oswald Stofko at (716) 830-7984 or connie@buffalo-niagaragardening.com.


How can my gardening organization get events on your Upcoming Events Page?

  • We post events for free for nonprofit organizations. 
  • You can email the information to me at Connie@BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com. 
  • Please make sure to include the address of the place where you are meeting; people from other towns may not know where a community center or church is located without the address.
  • Please tell me what the event is, the time, day, date, place and address. 
  • Optional: If you have someone who is willing to respond to questions about the event from our readers, include a phone number or email address to be included in the post. Include other information that is relevant to the event. 
  • Please send information only for events that are open to the public.
  • You don’t have to wait to send us your information; you may send us all of your dates for the coming year at one time if you like. We try to post the information as soon as we get it. 
  • We publish the magazine on Tuesdays. Make sure you get an event to us by the Friday preceding the Tuesday issue that you need your event to be in. For example, if your event is on Monday, April 15, your event should be in the edition on Tuesday, April 9, which means you must email the information to us by Friday, April 5. 


Can I use a photo from this website on another website?


Well, maybe, but maybe not.

It depends on what your website is and how you want to use the photo. I may charge you to use the photo. I may allow you to use it for free under certain conditions. I may not allow you to use it at all.

How will you know? Contact me at (716) 830-7984 or connie@buffalo-niagaragardening.com.

Of course, I’m only speaking of the photos that I, Connie Oswald Stofko, own the copyright to. Some of the photos on this site are from other sources and I’m not in a position to give permission for those photos.

If you take a photo from my website (or anyone’s website) without asking permission, it can be viewed as stealing. See more here.

So contact me.


8 Comments on “About

  1. sign me up for magazine thank you went to your garden sale today it was great

  2. It is nice to see a website that is specific to the Buffalo/Niagara region. I garden specifically for hummingbirds and also moderate an online forum for Hummingbird gardeners with members throughout the US, Canada and Central America. How about a section on Hummingbird Gardening. There is very little accurate information available in our area on attracting and feeding hummingbirds and most of what is available is limited or incorrect.

  3. Janice,
    Your garden sounds wonderful!

    Readers, the2010 Lancaster Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18. You can
    pick up maps at Lancaster Deli, 155 Lake Ave; Broadway Deli, 5430 Broadway, the Lancaster Bee and Depew Bee.

    Go to our Upcoming Events page to see all the exciting gardening events happening right here in Western New York.


  4. Just received your card from Kelly Marion who i work with. I just revamped my garden and pond in time for the Lancaster Garden Walk after a negative statement from my husband. I have been working non-stop for 6 weeks and happy to be part of the Lancaster Garden walk.

  5. Congrats on the new mag! The best to you on this wonderful venture. I know I’ll enjoy reading!!

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