demonstration garden in Jamestown NY

‘Cultural Roots of the Americas’ will be theme of demonstrations in Jamestown

A series of presentations will be held on “Cultural Roots of the Americas” by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County. The presentations will feature vegetables with connections to cultures from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and indigenous people of New York State. The sessions cover a variety of gardening topics and involve direct how-to methods. Questions are encouraged. The sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17 in…

David Austin Rose 'Heritage'

WNY Rose Society to hold show

The WNY Rose Society will hold its annual Rose Show from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Galleria Mall, One Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. The show will be in the concourse next to the old Sears. Sometimes we get busy working in our gardens, but take time to–literally–smell the roses. Find more information from the WNY Rose Society about roses in this previous article….

bee themed container garden at Lewiston GardenFest in Lewiston NY

Tips for spectacular container plantings; win prizes in Lewiston

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you want to show off your splendid container planting? Plant it up now so it’s ready for the contest at the Lewiston GardenFest on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the gardenfest,” said Judy Talarico, chairperson of the Lewiston GardenFest. “There’s so much interaction with the community.” There isn’t any limit on the size of the entries. “Some containers take two or three people to carry in,”…

eastern cicada killer compared to Asian giant hornet

Reminder: No murder hornets in WNY; how to identify lookalikes

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We do not have Asian giant hornets (also known as murder hornets) anywhere in Western New York,” said Sharon Bachman, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. We ran an article about murder hornets in October 2021. We didn’t have any in Western New York then and we still don’t have any. I keep hearing from people who think they have spotted murder hornets–or even insist that what they encountered was…

peonies at Graycliff in Derby NY

What’s blooming at Graycliff now

by Connie Oswald Stofko Every so often, we’ll post a photo (or two or three) of what’s blooming at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Rd., Derby. See beautiful plants that are in bloom now, but won’t be noticed on a garden walk because the plant will be past its prime. These are plants you might want to add to your landscape for some early summer color. The photos also give you a peek at the stunning Graycliff landscape, which was initially…

common ninebark courtesy Dow Gardens, Bugwood

Free native plants, nationally known author & more at Plant for Nature!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Get a free native plant, hear the author of The Humane Gardener, and find out more about how you can create a wonderful garden that works with nature rather than against it. It’s all part of the event Plant for Nature! to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the WNY Welcome Center, 1999 Alvin Rd., Grand Island. It is hosted by the Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment, which received a…

digging in yard by Stofko

Reminder: Call 811 before you dig

by Connie Oswald Stofko You’d be pretty embarrassed if the whole neighborhood lost its cable because you cut the line while you were digging or rototilling. And if you hit a gas or electrical line, you and others could be injured or even killed! So before you dig a hole for a fence post, water feature, garden or pool, you need to know where all those utility lines are so you don’t accidentally hit them with your shovel or rototiller….

quirky shed in Jim Charlier yard in Buffalo

Get maps early for Garden Walk Buffalo, East Side Garden Walk

More than 75 gardens will be featured on the East Side Garden Walk. Even though the event has expanded to two days this year, that’s still a lot of gardens to see in a weekend. Garden Walk Buffalo will have more than 300 gardens to visit in two days. It’s the largest garden tour in North America! Make the most of your time by getting maps of those two walks ahead of time so you can plan out your route….

orange and red peppers

Inflation: Ideas for growing food in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Maybe you haven’t noticed, but food prices are going up and may continue to rise. Food plants may be a good investment right now. To deal with inflation, consider growing vegetables, herbs or fruit that: You are really going to eat Are expensive to buy You can share with others Plant what you like to eat I used to have a large section of garden filled with chives. They grow easily and get a pretty purple…

picking garden at Graycliff in Derby NY

Tour beautiful, historic gardens at Graycliff starting June 5

Learn more about the beautiful and historic gardens during landscape tours at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Rd., Derby. The tours will be held at 10:30 a.m. every other Sunday. Dates are: June 5, 19 July 3, 17, 31 Aug. 14, 28 The 90-minute landscape tour focuses on the history and restoration of Graycliff’s historic gardens and grounds. It includes the first floor of the main house, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright created the initial design of…