New event: tour of gardens by bike

A great way to see beautiful gardens is by bicycle on the GObike City Garden Tour, a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23. This three-hour guided bike tour takes place in the City of Buffalo on bike path streets. Cyclists will be introduced to many of the signature, historic homes and gardens of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, beginning at Frederick Law Olmsted’s…

forest-like backyard in Buffalo NY

Serenity of a forest found in City of Buffalo backyard

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many people struggle with shady yards, wishing they could grow the plants they see in sunnier gardens. Jeff Lokken is different. He embraces his canopy of trees. The result is a forest-like retreat from the noise of the city. We visited Lokken last year during Garden Walk Buffalo at the home he shares with Rebecca Bish at 170 Prospect Ave., Buffalo. This year Garden Walk Buffalo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday…

Beyond Flowers: New bus tour focuses on the environment

“The National Garden Festival in Buffalo has been known all along for its gardens and beautiful flowers,” said Mary Van Vorst, but she and other organizers have felt that there should be more attention paid to the environment and green movement. That’s why this year you’ll see a new feature as part of the festival: the Beyond Flowers bus tour to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. It’s a little bit different than the other…

patio furniture from pallets in Western New York

Use trash to make vertical garden, plant tags– even furniture!

Items that normally might have been thrown away found new uses in a student exhibit in March at Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show. Aluminum cans became plant tags, coat hangers helped support vining plants and pallets became an A-frame vertical planter and an entire suite of patio furniture! The exhibit was created by students in the horticulture programs at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the adult education program at McKinley High School as well as…

Preserve leaves with glycerin for dried floral arrangements

by Connie Oswald Stofko I had never even heard of using glycerin to preserve leaves until David Clark, horticulturist, showed me how. It’s a simple and inexpensive technique. You can learn how to do it in the video below. Last week we showed you how to dry flowers. Next week we’ll show you how to combine the preserved leaves and flowers by making a hand-tied bouquet. You can learn even more in a series of upcoming workshops led by Clark…

Find speakers for your next event, & more items too good to miss

Find a garden speaker for your next event Garden Talk Buffalo provides a way for garden clubs, garden centers and other groups to easily find speakers. This brand new website is a speakers bureau that lists Western New York’s top gardening speakers. You can find all the information you need, including the speakers’ topics, bios and contact information. If you have an event coming up, but don’t know who is available to speak, check out Garden Talk Buffalo. If you…

David Clark drying flowers

Video shows you how to dry roses; workshops coming up in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Learn how to dry roses using silica gel in the video below with David Clark, a nationally recognized horticulture instructor, gardening expert and event judge. You can learn more in a series of three hands-on workshops to be led by Clark as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo. The sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20 in the gymnasium of the Catholic Academy of…

Junco by Terry LeBaron from Audubon in Jamestown

Learn to attract birds to your garden, then count them to help science

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary can help you learn how to attract birds to your garden and invites you to help scientists by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn to attract and identify birds in your garden “Bird Feeding 101” will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. You can choose one topic during each of the two time periods. 10-10:45 a.m. How to identify common backyard birds and learn…

butterfly bush frames pool Lockport garden walk

Garden walk season is on the way, & more items too good to miss

Send us information on your garden walk & other events Garden walk season is on the way! This week I got my first email announcing the dates for a garden walk. The 9th Annual Lockport in Bloom will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. See more details on our Upcoming Events Page. It’s not too early to submit information on your garden walk or other gardening events. By March people start…

Photographers get their own night at Night Lights & more great items

  Night Lights includes night just for photographers Photographers love the popular Night Lights at the Gardens event, and this year the Botanical Gardens has added a night just for them. Photographers Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,Feb. 5 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This is the only time during Night Lights that you are allowed to use a tripod. Another bonus: Photographers Night is just for photographers, so it shouldn’t be…