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Plantasia preview: Plants that look good & taste good, too

March 21, 2017
chokeberry

by Connie Oswald Stofko We buy plants with our eyes, said Ken Parker, CNLP, native plant expert and consultant. But when we choose plants that are edible as well as beautiful, we make our garden functional. “Plants are not just for aesthetics,” Parker said. And the edible plants that he recommends also attract pollinators,...
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Subscribe to enter to win a prize package worth $250!

March 21, 2017
Goodman's gift basket

by Connie Oswald Stofko You could win a prize package valued at more than $250. It’s easy to enter. Just  subscribe to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! If you are already subscribed, you are already entered. Hey, I appreciate the support of my current subscribers! Three...
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Vendors & a dozen workshops set for GROW Jamestown Garden Fair on April 1

March 21, 2017
GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show

The GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show will take place from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Northwest Arena, 319 W 3rd St., Jamestown. More than 50 vendors and 12 workshops have been lined up by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. A key feature of the event is the educational...
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Get tickets now for Taste of Paradise; price goes up March 26

March 21, 2017
tropical drink

You’ll feel like you’re in the tropics when the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens holds its popular fundraiser Taste of Paradise from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 31 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Tickets are on sale now. They’re $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for non-members,...
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Start seeds inside: Wait till April for tomatoes & peppers, but go ahead with cool-weather vegetables

March 14, 2017
seeds

by Connie Oswald Stofko Readers have been asking me whether they can start seeds inside now. It’s still too early to start seeds for tender plants such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. More details are below. But if you want...
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There’s still time to enter prize drawing worth $250; just subscribe– it’s free!

March 14, 2017
dome at Botanical Gardens in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Enter for the chance to win a prize package valued at more than $250 simply by subscribing to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! If you are already subscribed, you are already entered. Hey, I appreciate the support of my current subscribers! Three...
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Bulb plants might be hurt by low temps & wind, but snow helps

March 14, 2017
daffodils sprouting

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week, the daffodils along my driveway were progressing so quickly I thought the blooms might be finished before Easter. Today, they’re covered in snow. That may be a good thing. In February, we had springlike temperatures in the 60s and even 70s, but now we have gotten down into...
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One more thing gardeners can do to help protect Great Lakes

March 14, 2017
gardeners conserve Great Lakes

by Connie Oswald Stofko In the past, we’ve talked about many things gardeners can do to help protect our waterways in Western New York– See some of those ways below. Now Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is offering us another way to help our local environment: tell your representatives that you want them to prevent huge...
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Get some gardening tips and a great recipe on Lori & Friends

March 14, 2017
Lori Caso and Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko When Lori Caso recently invited me to be on another episode of Lori & Friends, the popular cooking show on Time Warner Channel 20, I was a little nervous. She wanted me to be on so she could tell her audience about a talk I will be giving at a...
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Why you should plant butterfly weed, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

March 7, 2017
butterfly weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a butterfly magnet. It’s a native plant and doesn’t get serious diseases. Not only that, deer usually avoid it. The only negative thing about the plant is that it has “weed” in its name, according to an article in this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the...
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