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Master Gardener training in Jamestown open to residents of 3 counties

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is looking for new volunteers to enroll in the Master Gardener Core Training this spring at Jamestown Community College. Enrollment is open to residents of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-9502 or email Emily Reynolds at eck47@cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension makes agriculture and horticulture knowledge work in pursuit of economic viability, ecological sustainability and social well-being for a rapidly changing world….

pink poinsettia from Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Holiday events set at Botanical Gardens

Mark your calendar for holiday events at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Note that the Botanical Gardens will be open 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and will be closed on Dec. 25. Admission to the Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit and to Santa’s Workshop are included with admission to the Botanical Gardens. Prices are $12.50 for adults, $11 for seniors (62+), $11 for students (13+), $7 for kids 3-12, and…

orchid from Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Orchid show set for Nov. 9 & 10 at Botanical Gardens

An orchid show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10 by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The show will feature dozens of hand-picked and award-winning orchid exhibits dispersed throughout the Botanical Gardens for visitors to enjoy. Exhibitors include members of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, Genesee Region Orchid…

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…

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…

watercolor of boats by Jane Stoddard

Watercolor exhibit opens Sept. 26; part of upcoming Water/Ways

We talk about water a lot in this magazine. We need it to help our plants grow. We’re careful in our gardening practices so we can keep our waterways clean. The many ways that water is used will be demonstrated in a watercolor exhibit by Dan Meyer and Jane Stoddard at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst. A preview showing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. The watercolors are available for purchase….

Arbor Day poster 2019

Artwork sought for two Arbor Day poster contests

Contests for artwork for two Arbor Day posters are being held by the Urban and Community Forestry program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). One contest is for all members of the public and the other is for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers’ lives. Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster or…

irises for sale

Hosta, daylily and iris sale Saturday at Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host a hosta, daylily and iris sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,  Aug. 24 in the administrative building of the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission to the sale is free. Hundreds of daylilies, hostas and irises, labeled and described, will be for sale at reasonable prices. Experts will be on hand to answer plant questions. Get there early; there will be a long line waiting for the doors to open….

David Clark teaching class at Buffalo Botanical Gardens courtesy David Clark

Horticulture classes start in September; sign up now

You can sign up now to save your spot in the horticulture classes to be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Administration Building at the Botanical Gardens. You can sign up for an entire series or just one class at a time. You don’t have to take the classes in order. If you complete all the classes in a…

urn with plants at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

Bring the outdoors in: ideas from Wright’s Martin House

by Connie Oswald Stofko Bringing nature indoors was an aim of Frank Lloyd Wright, the famed architect who designed the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. Wright wanted the Martin family to be able to enjoy nature even when they were inside. Rather than being an afterthought, the landscape was an integral part of the architectural design. That landscape, designed more than 100 years ago, has now been brought back to life. “We tried to re-create what had been here by…