iris 'Inviolate' in Western New York

Iris & Perennial Show set; anyone can enter the judging

The WNY Iris Society will hold its annual Iris and Perennial Show from 1 to 4  p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Reinstein Library, 1030 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga. New this year: Anyone can enter to win ribbons and awards. To compete for prizes, the iris must have its cultivar name and the perennial must have its botanical name. People entering plants in the show should be at the Reinstein Library by 9 a.m. Judging will occur from 11 a.m. to…

Great Plant Sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Find unusual plants this week at Great Plant Sale

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Great Plant Sale will again be on site in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. There is no admission charge. Your online gardening magazine,, is proud to sponsor the Great Plant Sale! I’ll have a table there, too, so please stop by and say hello! The Great Plant Sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m….

seating area with grape vines in Kenmore NY

Share your garden on Ken-Ton Garden Tour; deadline is June 3

The Ken-Ton Garden Tour is accepting applications for this year’s tour. All interested gardeners in the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore are welcome to register online here or call Sandy at 716-983-6827. The deadline to register is Friday, June 3; please register as soon as possible. You may display your garden during one or more of the times listed below: Friday, July 22 from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23 from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday &…

Great Plant Sale at Buffalo Botanical Gardens in Buffalo

Plant sales galore being held by nonprofits in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko With many events put on hold for three years, this spring offers plant sales and plant exchanges galore! In addition, the Great Plant Sale at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be held on site again. And Gardens Buffalo Niagara will hold a day trip to Rochester to see specialty nurseries. Below is a list of nonprofits that are holding plant sales and exchanges in Western New York. I’m sure there are more sales…

front porch on Garden Walk Buffalo

Deadline approaches for Garden Walk Buffalo, East Side Garden Walk

Consider sharing your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo or the East Side Garden Walk. The deadline to register is May 15 for both garden walks. Your garden does not need to be perfect; no one’s ever is. There are no fancy garden criteria– no site visits, no judging, no entry fees. All you have to do is be proud of your little spot of earth. It does not need to be giant. It does not need to be professionally landscaped….

penstemon in Lewiston

Lewiston Gardenfest seeks vendors, gardeners

Lewiston GardenFest is recruiting vendors as well as residents interested in showcasing their gardens. The deadline for vendors is May 1 and the deadline for gardeners is May 15. Vendors Businesses and vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, and others, are encouraged to apply. Vendor applications are due by May 1 and can be downloaded here. The application fee varies from $125 – $225 based on the size of the…

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…

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…

Haworthia succulents in Williamsville NY

One thing you didn’t know about succulents; find out more at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko You might already know that succulents are easy to care for. You don’t need to fuss with them. They don’t need much water. And they don’t need a lot of light. But did you know that some succulents need more light than other succulents? We’ll discuss that in this article, and you can get more details on the best growing conditions for succulents in a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Mischler’s Florist and…

Orchids after Dark at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Orchid Show— daytime & after dark

The Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is always a favorite, with award-winning exhibits of orchids by members of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society displayed throughout the Botanical Gardens and vendors selling orchids and supplies. New this year is Orchids After Dark, where the plants and the various parts of the conservatory will be lit to provide a spectacular experience– a must-see spectacle for all plant lovers and photographers. (No tripods.) Orchids After Dark will take place from 6 to…