garden on East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo NY

Bumper crop repeated: Seven more garden walks this weekend!

Did you know there are other parts of the country that have only one garden walk for an entire region? Or even no garden walk at all? In Western New York, we had seven garden walks last week. And three before that. And another seven are coming up this weekend! There’s only one problem with all these garden walks: You won’t be able to visit every single garden. Such a nice problem to have! PS: The largest garden tour in…

children with garden gnome named Frederick Lawn Gnomested in Buffalo NY

Conservation Day helps gardeners make a good impact on environment

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Your garden is yours, but you’re sharing it with other creatures,” said Laurie Ousley, president of Gardens Buffalo Niagara. That’s the message Conservation Day wants to share with gardeners. “Gardening of any kind, style or size has an impact on our environment,” Ousley said. “What kind of an impact do you want to make?” Conservation Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the north end of the Elmwood Village…

flowers on Springville Concord Garden Walk in Springville NY

There’s a bumper crop of garden walks this weekend in WNY!

There will be seven garden walks this weekend for you to enjoy. Two nighttime tours will also take place: one in Lockport on Friday and the other on the Capen Garden Walk on Saturday. Lockport in Bloom Lockport In Bloom Free walking/driving tour of the gardens and public parks throughout Lockport. Twilight tour: 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 12 Daytime tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13 & 14 Maps: Pick up maps here: North Tonawanda Garden Walk North…

pergola in grassless backyard in South Buffalo NY

White stones instead of lawn: see it on South Buffalo Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko “I hated mowing,” said Peter Nightengale, “and I wanted my yard to look like nobody else’s.” That’s why he got rid of all the lawn in his South Buffalo property. In the front yard, white stones cover an area that used to be grass. There isn’t any lawn in the backyard, either. Even the hellstrip (the area between the sidewalk and street) has no grass—it’s all flowers. You can see this landscape and many others on…

glass bird bath at The Buffalo Garden Art Sale in Buffalo NY

Mark your calendar for The Garden Art Sale

Transform your garden with one-of-a-kind pieces from over 75 vendors during the The Garden Art Sale on the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens front lawn, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are required. There is an unprecedented lineup of artisans and vendors this year—more than 30 new ones! See nature-themed artworks in mediums including sculpture, metalwork, paintings, woodwork, architectural remnants, found art, ceramics…

illustration of logo courtesy Buffalo and ERie County Botanical Gardens

New look at Botanical Gardens, plus more developments to come

by Connie Oswald Stofko Check out the new website for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. It’s easier to find what you’re looking for—and you may find things you hadn’t even heard about before. For instance, did you know that the Botanical Gardens has a Farm Garden that provides more than 13,000 servings annually of fresh produce to Gerard Place in East Buffalo? (Here’s some recent news about the Farm Garden: It was awarded financial support from the U.S….

Biddle garden at Forman Mansion in Buffalo NY

‘Gather in the Garden’ to celebrate Garden Walk Buffalo’s 30th anniversary

A special event, Gather in the Garden, will mark the 30th anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo on the summer solstice from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 20. Guests will gather in the garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, known as the greatest garden designer in America in the first half of the last century, at the Forman Mansion, 77 Oakland Place, Buffalo. (Parking is available along both sides of Oakland Place.) Tickets are $125 per guest. Buy tickets here. For more…

bonsai from Buffalo Bonsai Society

Learn at Bonsai Show on June 1, 2

Speak with members of the Buffalo Bonsai Society and watch special demonstrations at the annual Bonsai Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Learn about bonsai as the members display bonsai specimens from their personal collections. Watch trimming and shaping demonstrations on live trees throughout the show. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase sculpted bonsai trees and plants, starter plants…

front garden in Kenmore New York

Ken-Ton, Lewiston garden walks seek gardeners to share their landscapes

The Lewiston GardenFest and the Ken-Ton Garden Tour are accepting applications from gardeners to share their landscapes. The Lewiston GardenFest is also seeking vendors. Lewiston GardenFest Lewiston GardenFest is accepting applications from residents interested in sharing their own gardens. Get the application form here. The deadline is May 15, but getting your application in sooner is better. The event is also looking for businesses and vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden…

yellow flowers, petunia and chives in Amherst NY

Plant sales galore set by nonprofits in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many non-profit groups are holding plant sales and plant exchanges in Western New York. See a lengthy list below. More plant sales or plant exchanges might be added in coming days. You can keep up to date on our Events page. Great Plant Sale by Botanical Gardens UPDATE: The Great Plant Sale has been extended through May 8. Shop online through Sunday, May 4 for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden’s Great Plant Sale. (There will be…