peninsula garden on Parkside Garden Tour

House renovations can rip up gardens: 8 tips for preventing & dealing with damage

by Connie Oswald Stofko Looking at her yard when it was torn up during construction work, Pamela Rose was at first horrified. Then she stopped and thought, “What’s the opportunity here?” Turning a calamity into an opportunity is one of the tips she shared with gardeners on how to deal with household construction that damages your landscape during the Parkside Garden Tour on Sunday, June 25. You can also see the property on Open Gardens. She and her husband Joel…

place setting in flower show

Don’t miss the flower show at Plantasia– mark your calendar

by Connie Oswald Stofko Plantasia, the premier garden and landscape show for Western New York is coming up soon at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, with vendors and talks and great gardens right inside the building, as well as activities for kids. But you should also make a point to walk from the Events Center, which is the main building, to the Artisan Hall to make sure you see the flower show held every year by the Eighth…

ceremony with Chinese at Botanical Gardens

Magnolia tree to symbolize friendship between Buffalo & its Chinese sister city

by Connie Oswald Stofko A magnolia tree will be a symbol of the friendship between Buffalo and its sister city in China, Changzhou. A ceremony was held yesterday at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens to mark the gift. The event was attended by a 40-person delegation from China consisting of Changzhou’s government officials, performers, businesspeople and a Chinese television crew. The crew is shooting a documentary called “A Tale of Two Cities,” highlighting the cultural and arts exchanges…

new Healing Garden at Buffalo Botanical Gardens by Stofko

Botanical Gardens & partners dedicate new outdoor Healing Garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Four years of planning and preparation have gone into the new outdoor Healing Garden, which was dedicated Sunday at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens by representatives of the Botanical Gardens, D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Part of Catholic Health. Signs in the garden inform visitors about the medicinal properties of the plants, but the space also aims to be a place for meditation, contemplation and spiritual healing. It was…

front garden on South Buffao Alive

Gardens bounced back from Snowvember Storm in time for South Buffalo Alive

by Connie Oswald Stofko I heard something on South Buffalo Alive that I’ve never heard from a gardener on a garden walk before. “Right now everything is just about perfect,” Peter Clancy said as he surveyed his yard at 39 Edgewood, Buffalo, on July 19. Often gardeners will tell me about the spectacular flowers that finished blooming the week before, or they will tell me how much better the garden will look in a few days when a different flower…

gift basket from Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Last DAY to enter for gardening prize package worth more than $200

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tell your friends that they have until midnight tonight, Tuesday, March 31, to enter to win a gardener’s prize package worth more than $200. All they have to do to enter is to subscribe to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. And it’s free to subscribe! Here’s how we will decide the winner. After midnight, I will get a numbered list of all the subscribers. I’ll use Random.org to generate a list of random numbers. The names that correspond with the…

Gazebo from Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Ceremony marks Honorary International Peace Garden at Botanical Gardens

The existing Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens was designated in a ceremony today as an Honorary International Peace Garden. The designation was made by the International Peace Garden Foundation and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail. As an Honorary International Peace Garden, this garden will become part of an international registry, display a commemorative stone marker and have an interpretive panel linking this garden with other Peace Gardens along the 1812 Commemorative Trail….

corpse flower blooming at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Time-lapse video shows you fast growth of Morty the corpse flower at Botanical Gardens

Even if you visited Morty the corpse flower at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens before it opened and while it was in bloom, it is hard to appreciate how quickly the flower grew. You can get a better idea of the tremendous growth of this rare plant by watching a time-lapse video created by the Botanical Gardens, which you can see below. The time-lapse video starts at the end of July when Morty was placed on display and…

gazebo at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Enjoy outdoor gardens every day of the week at Botanical Gardens; if it rains, see exhibits inside

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you realize you can visit gardens every day of the week in Western New York? There are garden walks as part of the National Garden Festival every weekend through Aug. 2. Open Gardens continue on Thursdays and Friday through the end of July. And each day you can visit the outdoor gardens of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. I think a lot of visitors to the Botanical Gardens…

Poinsettia, train exhibits continue at Botanical Gardens; Dec. 29 is Dollar Day

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids, entertaining out-of-town relatives or just want someplace warm and relaxing to go over the holidays, stop by to see the poinsettia and garden railway exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed Christmas day, Dec. 25, and open 10 a.m. to noon New Year’s Eve,…