Is it too late for winter sowing in Western New York?

by Connie Oswald Stofko This could be the warmest winter in the history of record-keeping in Western New York. Yesterday it was sunny with a high of 53 degrees Fahrenheit in Buffalo, and overnight it never reached freezing. It was even warmer today—We broke the previous record of 64 degrees for this date. Maybe it’s too warm to do winter sowing. But then again, WNY will have a high in the 20s on Thursday. So maybe we can still do…

flower outside at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Welcome, new subscribers! Hello, longtime subscribers!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m so happy to welcome new subscribers to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. You’ll enjoy the gardening tips, wonderful gardens, Events page, and more! As a new subscriber, you are automatically entered into a drawing for a prize package worth approximately $525! And I love my longtime subscribers! They are also entered into the prize drawing. There will be three winners, and each winner will receive the entire prize package! The three winners will be selected at random from our…

Orchids at Orchid Fest in Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Orchid Society show is grand finale at Botanical Gardens

The Orchid Exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is nearing its end. The grand finale happens this weekend at Orchid Fest, featuring Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s Orchid Show. The show will feature award-winning orchids, special displays and showcases, as well as vendors and orchid experts.  Visit during the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3. You can also see the stunning collection of orchids under special…

Moonlight Garden in Amherst NY

Amherst artist uses color on Open Gardens

Putting purple and orange together creates excitement in your garden, says painter Val Szeluga. See how it’s done in Val & Gene Szeluga’s Moonlight Garden in the video above. The video was created by Jay Jinge Hu, who shares his Williamsville landscape on Open Gardens. You can also see the Szelugas’ marvelous garden in person on Open Gardens in July. The Tours of Open Gardens Guide, which you need to visit these exceptional gardens, will be available at Plantasia. You can…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale in Buffalo NY

Venders sought for Garden Art sale; deadline is March 25

Artisans and vendors are sought for the 13th annual Gardens Buffalo Niagara Garden Art Sale to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The event welcomes diverse mediums including sculptures, planters, metalwork, fountains, wind sculptures, vintage signs, ceramics, woodwork, birdhouses, birdbaths and more. “This is an exceptional opportunity for artists and creators to connect with our…

heron from Henry's Gardens in Eden

Our prize drawing for subscribers is back & bigger than ever!

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you are subscribed to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, you are already entered into our prize drawing—and this year the prize packages are worth about $525 each! There will be three winners, and each winner will receive the entire prize package! The three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. If you haven’t subscribed yet, do it now. It’s free to subscribe! And once you have subscribed, not only will you be entered into this great prize drawing,…

garden where ash trees used to be in Hamburg NY

Hamburg gardener lost 50 ash trees; see how she coped

by Connie Oswald Stofko When Carol and Rick Stumpf bought an empty lot for their home 30 years ago, ash trees were already established. A house and gardens followed and the Stumpfs enjoyed their landscape. “It was all shaded back here,” Carol said. “I had all my beds how I wanted them.” She gazed longingly around her huge backyard, remembering how it used to be before her mature ash trees–and many others across Western New York– were killed by emerald…

logo for Birds on the Niagara 2024

Birds on Niagara, international event, is coming back to WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Birds on the Niagara, North America’s only international bird festival, will take place from Friday to Monday, February 16-19. It includes indoor talks as well as outdoor bird walks in several sites in Western New York and Ontario. It includes birding hotspots along the international river corridor between Canada and the United States. Here are a few highlights:…

bumble bee on goldenrod by Stofko

Erie County Master Gardener Ed Day; register by March 8

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host its 2024 Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Speakers and topics are: The deadline to register is March 8. Registration fee includes lunch. The cost is $60 for the public and $55 for out-of-county Master Gardener volunteers. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. Register here. For more information, contact Jolie Hibit at (716) 652-5400,…

oak tree under utility wires in Amherst NY

Utility pole? Find out where to plant a tree; sales happening now in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You don’t want to be that person—the person whose tree branch knocked out the electricity for the whole neighborhood. And you don’t want to plant a tree or shrub in a spot where the utility companies will do the pruning for you. The result isn’t pretty and it’s not good for the tree. That’s why you need to make sure you choose the right tree or shrub for your landscape before you buy one from the…