Plantasia flower show 2018 breakfast tray

Plantasia kicks off Wednesday with gardenscapes, flower show & more

by Connie Oswald Stofko The first day of spring occurs on Wednesday, but where in Western New York will it really seem like spring? At Plantasia! Plantasia, the premier garden and landscape show for Western New York, will be held inside the Fairgrounds Event Center & Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park, Hamburg. You can stroll through gardens filled with real trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as water features, patios, paths and seating areas. You’ll be able to get ideas…

mandala by Caroline North

Visit Nature’s Kaleidoscope & get inspired to make your own mandalas

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Mandalas go with gardening,” said artist Caroline North of Collins. “They’re centering and meditative–and that’s what plants do for us.” See her mandalas on display in the Nature’s Kaleidoscope exhibit through Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This event is proudly sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. See a short video of the exhibit here. The exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens admission. Admission is $11 for…

Christmas greens in pot with bow

Outdoor arrangement uses fresh-cut greens

Here’s an outdoor arrangement to welcome visitors to your home. This idea comes from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Greens are placed upright in a plastic pot and decorated with a big red bow and pine cones. The greens are fresh-cut and locally grown. There’s soil in the pot to hold the branches in place. Rain will keep the soil wet, adding more weight and helping keep the pot stable. The arrangement looks charming in the…

video on trends in floral design

Video: Current trends in floral design with Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Since it’s the beginning of a new year, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the current trends in floral design. In this video, Maggie Wittmer, floral designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, leads us through the new styles. Some trends, such as smaller, compact designs in flower arrangements, have evolved for practical reasons. Some people simply don’t have a lot of room to display a huge arrangement at home or on…

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Enjoy flowers now by making ‘My Suzie’ arrangement; watch video demonstration

You can enjoy flowers any time of the year when you make the “My Suzie” flower arrangement with these easy directions from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. This is a trendy design, but it’s simple enough that even a beginner will get good results. It uses hydrangeas, spray roses and lemon leaves (also called salal), which are available year round at Mischler’s. You can even get the container at Mischler’s. If you prefer, you can use…

Wreaths don’t have to be round; see creative decorations at Lockwood’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want something a little different for the holidays, choose a wreath that isn’t round. You can find creative shapes at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The handmade wreaths at Lockwood’s can be shaped like a heart, Christmas tree, cross, square or rectangle as well as the traditional circle. You can custom order wreaths, too. Some people come in year after year for the same wreath, said Jill Kisker, grower at Lockwood’s. Others come…

There’s more to flower shows than large arrangements; here’s a darling 3-D craft

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m always delighted by the creativity on display at flower shows. Yes, there are flower arrangements, but there is so much more. Here’s a darling three-dimensional baby bed made of plant material. Wouldn’t something like this be cute for a baby shower? I saw this at the annual flower show organized by the Eighth District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State at Plantasia in March. Chris Wheaton made this prize-winning creation. The blanket is made…

Decorate a holiday wreath at Mischler’s

  Learn how to decorate your very own fresh wreath for the holidays in a workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Each workshop will begin with a brief explanation and decorating demonstration by a member of Mischler’s staff. Afterward, you will be given a fresh, 24-inch evergreen wreath and red bow. You can choose from a selection of trims. Additional…

‘Snowball’ hydrangea takes you from Thanksgiving into the new year

by Connie Oswald Stofko In a rare occurrence, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving this year. But there are so many holidays at this time of year that many of us will be celebrating more than one in the coming weeks. In addition to Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, there’s the winter solstice on Dec. 21, followed closely by Kwanzaa and New Year’s and Three Kings Day. Oh, and Christmas. When you are looking for a flower that will bridge…

Get inspiration from Genesee Country Village for autumn decorations with flowers, gourds

by Connie Oswald Stofko First I want to welcome all the folks who subscribed to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com this past weekend at the Fall Festival and Agricultural Fair at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. Please join the conversation here by commenting on articles. And when your garden club or other gardening organization has events that are open to the public, email me the information at connie@buffaloniagaragardening.com and I’ll share it with our other readers on our Events page. At the Genesee Country…