poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2021

Cash prizes, poster for Capen Garden Walk offered in art competition

The 2022 Beauty in Our Backyard Gardening Art Competition, produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes. In addition, the first place winner’s art will be used to create the official poster for the 2022 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The deadline for entries is Saturday, May 7. Artwork, which must be original, may take the form of a painting, photograph, drawing, illustration, digital art or mixed media art.  Artists should keep their artwork clean, simple and easy…

Mischler's prize basket in Williamsville NY

Suspense continues in our prize drawing

by Connie Oswald Stofko I still haven’t heard back from a subscriber who was chosen randomly in our prize drawing worth nearly $500. The suspense will continue even longer. When I emailed the deadline for that person to respond, I meant to include the date for last Thursday, but put in the date for this Thursday instead. I’m sorry that my mistake is dragging out the wait! If that person doesn’t respond by Thursday, I will see who is next…

fence in Orchard Park NY

Make your garden more welcoming with fences

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fences are usually used to keep things in, like pets, or to keep things out, like rabbits and deer. But fences can also make your landscape more welcoming. Here are two examples from the large Orchard Park landscape of Pat Gurney, who I visited last year during Open Gardens. (See her tips on using annuals and perennials here.) The photo at the beginning of this article shows a long fence between a sunny area and a…

pansies in a watering can at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Get pansies now to brighten outdoor spaces, large & small

by Connie Oswald Stofko Pansies are in bloom now and can add color to your garden, porch or patio. While cold temperatures won’t kill pansies, temperatures in the 20s Fahrenheit can damage the blooms, said Jessica Limardi, who is on the staff at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Nightime temperatures may get that low in the coming week. “Without a good thick blanket of snow, the flowers can get damaged, so pull them close to the…

Graycliff in Derby NY looking for volunteers

Volunteers sought to work in historic gardens at Graycliff

Graycliff is recruiting volunteers for its Green Team to help maintain the historic gardens and grounds. No experience is necessary. Graycliff will provide you with the tools and training to feel comfortable in the gardens. You will work with the English Gardener and Graycliff staff. You’ll learn about the historic landscape, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman, while having fun and helping the nonprofit further its mission.  The Green Team will work on Wednesday mornings….

cover of Buffalo-Style Gardens book

Are you one of the winners in our prize drawing?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I know that thousands of you are wondering: who are the three winners of our prize drawing worth nearly $500? I’m still waiting to find out! Using a randomized list of subscribers, I notified the first three that they were winners. Only one got back to me by the deadline, so I moved down the list and notified two more. Only one of those two has gotten back to me. If the other person doesn’t respond…

purple crocuses in Amherst NY

Gardening tasks for early spring in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko After weeks of snow covering our gardens, we can see plants again here in Western New York! The sun has been shining. At times, the weather’s so warm, you can be outside without a sweater. We can tackle some gardening tasks now that we couldn’t do just a couple of weeks ago. But it’s still early spring and the weather fluctuates. The afternoon warmth can be followed by freezing temperatures at night. A stretch of warm…

Schlumbergera or holiday cactus from Bugwood

Learn about Christmas cactus & more in WNY Gardening Matters

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera buckleyi) is an easy-to-care-for houseplant that can flourish for years, said Lyn Chimera in this article in the most recent edition of WNY Gardening Matters. “I still have a large plant that started out as a cutting from my mother over 50 years ago,” she said. Learn more about Christmas cactuses– and Thanksgiving cactuses, too– as well as how to care for them, in the article. Also in this edition is a graphic on principles of permaculture….

BigYellowBag from Lakeside Sod

Last day to enter prize drawing worth nearly $500– tell your friends!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tell your friends that today, Tuesday, March 22, is the last day to enter to win a gardener’s prize package worth nearly $500. All they have to do to enter is subscribe to And it’s free to subscribe! Welcome new subscribers! Shout out to my loyal readers from past years! If you have already subscribed, you are already in the prize drawing! But if you haven’t subscribed, do it today. You will automatically be entered into our prize drawing….

looking through door to garden at Plantasia 2019 created by Dore

Plantasia is back with gardens, seminars, vendors & more!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, is back after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. Plantasia will be held from Thursday to Sunday, March 17 to 20, at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. You can buy tickets online or at the door. Here are a couple new things…