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How to start roses from seed using rose hips in autumn

by David Clark, CNLP If you want to try to start roses from seed, autumn is the time to do it. However, because of cross-pollination, there is no guarantee that the plant you get from those seeds will flower true; that is, those seeds may not produce the same kind of flower that your original plant produced. On the other hand, you may find a new and exciting variety! What are rose hips? The rose hip is the fruit of…

yellow dahlia flower by Stofko

Dahlias: How to dig & store them for winter

Dahlias are beautiful flowers that you can enjoy year after year, but the tubers don’t fare well if you leave them in the garden over the winter. You should dig your dahlia tubers up before there’s a hard frost, according to information on dahlias from the National Garden Bureau, a non-profit organization for the gardening industry. A hard frost occurs when temperatures drop below 28. A good indication of when to dig your tubers up is when the plant starts…

making Thanksgiving arrangement at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Sign up early for Make-It, Take-It workshops at Botanical Gardens

Make-It, Take-It Workshops at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are extremely popular and may sell out, so make your reservations now. Some of the projects use indoor plants while others are holiday designs. Pre-registration is required. You can register by calling 716.827.1584, ext. 730 or click on the links below to register online. Succulent Dish Garden 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 Participants will design a unique succulent container garden while learning more about these exciting low-maintenance…

White and pink amaryllis in bloom by Stofko

Forcing amaryllis: Were we doing it wrong?

by Connie Oswald Stofko A few years ago, David Clark, nationally and internationally known gardening educator, shared tips with us on potting and caring for an amaryllis. Now he has changed his methods. “It’s always good to learn new ways,” Clark said. “What a huge difference it made in the way my flowers grew.” Clark also gives us advice on what to do if the amaryllis gets red streaks on its leaves. You can learn more from Clark in the…

bumble bee on goldenrod by Stofko

Identify and help native bees in your garden

Did you know that the native bumble bee is more effective than honey bees at pollinating crops such as tomatoes? That’s just one reason gardeners should care about native bees, according to the Wild Bee ID. Another reason gardeners should care about native bees is that pollinator populations have been declining at alarming rates all across the continent, primarily due to habitat loss and pesticide poisoning.  The makers of the Wild Bee ID app hope that gardeners in North America…

red mums

How to find plants, decorations, landscapers & more

by Connie Oswald Stofko I often get emails from readers asking where they can find a certain plant or locate a landscaper. It’s easy. Look at the ads on and go to our Gardening Directory. When you click on an ad, it will take you to the website of that business, where you can see more about what they have to offer as well as the business’s contact information. In our Gardening Directory, you can scroll through the businesses…

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Sharing seeds in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Many people don’t need all the seeds their garden produces,” said Mary Ouimette-Kinney of the University Heights Art Association. She is co-founder and co-director along with Lawrence Kinney. There are lots of people who would be happy to use those extra seeds, and there are several local groups that are helping to spread the seeds around. In this article we’ll talk about one group, the University Heights Arts Association in Buffalo and its ARTseeds program. Then…

healthy impatiens by Stofko

Autumn updates: 3 plant diseases and a pest

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are updates on three diseases and one pest: downy mildew on impatiens, tar spot on maple leaves, late blight on tomatoes and potatoes, and the brown marmorated stink bug. Maybe you’ve been dealing with these issues for years, or you might be noticing one of these for the first time. John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, gives us updates. Impatiens There’s good news and bad news about impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)….

butterfly on purple coneflower

Thanks for your feedback!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Thanks so much to all of you who responded to my survey. You let me know what you liked and what you didn’t like. It was all helpful! If you haven’t responded to my survey, I would appreciate if you would. It’s only eight questions long. You can see it here. Thanks for all your help!…

yellow mum

‘MUMster Mash’ is theme of Mum Exhibit at Botanical Gardens

The Mum Exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is taking a spooky turn this year with a MUMster Mash theme. There will be a mad scientist’s lab, a spooky cemetery, ghosts, mummies and, of course, thousands of mums. The 119th Mum Exhibit will be held from Saturday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., South Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. The Mum Exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens…