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‘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…

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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…

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Garden Walk Buffalo celebrates 25 years this weekend with special features

Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in North America, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. This is the 25th anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo and you’ll see some new features. About 435 gardens will be open to the public. The event is free and self guided, and no tickets are required. What’s new in 2019 Expanded footprint of the walk. Garden Walk Buffalo now includes the Park Meadow and Parkside…

daylily 'Princess Diana'

How to make daylilies look great for visitors; garden walk season begins

by Connie Oswald Stofko Garden walk season in Western New York starts this weekend with the Lewiston GardenFest–see details below. If you’re sharing your garden on a garden walk, or just plan on having folks over for a barbecue, here’s a tip on daylilies that will make your gardens look pretty. Liveheading daylilies If you want to make your landscape look attractive for visitors, here’s a tip for daylilies from Kathy Guest Shadrack, who does communications for the Buffalo Area…

Hosta 'Lakeside Paisley Print'

You can enter hosta show—or just view it—at Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko You don’t have to be a member of the Western New York Hosta Society to enter the show to be held this weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $9 for students (ages 13 and older…

Volunteers needed at Botanical Gardens; orientation is June 12

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is recruiting new volunteers to help in a variety of areas including horticulture, facilities, administration, visitor services, weddings, special events and education, as well as serving as docents. A volunteer orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo The orientation is free. The deadline to register for volunteer orientation is Friday, June 7. Register online or contact Karen Hammer, Program…