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Turning Gowanda brownfields into tourist destination, agri-hub

by Connie Oswald Stofko Gowanda, a once-industrial village left with 18 contaminated or underutilized properties, is working to revitalize itself by becoming a destination for agri-tourism and a hub for agriculture businesses. Not only that, it aims to reinforce and strengthen all the agriculture in this region. Find out more and get a taste of agri-tourism at Growing Gowanda from 5 p.m. until dark this Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 Industrial Place, Village of Gowanda. It will be set up…

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Gala at the Gardens to support ‘sprouting minds’ with virtual auction

The Gala at the Gardens Virtual Auction 2021 will celebrate the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens‘ commitment to sprouting minds through their educational programming. Browse and bid at your convenience on your mobile device on their virtual silent auction and basket raffle. Receive live text updates on your bids. New this year: You can purchase a delicious pickup meal provided by Salvatore’s Hospitality to enjoy at home while bidding. You can see the items to be auctioned now. Reserve your meal…

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Horticulture classes & more to be offered on-site at Botanical Gardens

Some classes and workshops, including the poplular horticulture classes with instructor David Clark, will be returning on-site at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. On-site classes include: Introduction to Horticulture starting Sept. 4 Make-it, Take-it Workshops starting Oct. 2 Art workshop on Oct. 16 Foundations of Horticulture starting Oct. 30 Some programs are still being held online. See the online programs here. Horticulture classes David Clark, CNLP and horticulturist is a dynamic instructor with…

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Congolese eggplants & more: see what farmers grow in the city!

You don’t have to drive out to the country to see people producing food on a large scale. Find out what’s happening in the City of Buffalo and City of Tonawanda on Urban Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.  Like a garden walk, it’s free and self guided. Get the printable map here. Some of the things you can see are: A u-pick worm farm Pizzas cooked on site from the produce Culturally significant crops…

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Hostas, daylilies & irises for sale by plant societies at Botanical Gardens

The Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Administration Building, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission to the sale is free. Hosted by the WNY Hosta Society, Buffalo Area Daylily Society, and Buffalo Iris Society, hundreds of daylilies, hostas and irises will be labeled and described for sale at reasonable prices. Experts will be on hand to answer your plant questions. Note: Organizers recommend that you arrive early; there…

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Staycation Raffle from Botanical Gardens nears end; enter now!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its Staycation Raffle with three great prizes. Entries will be accepted until Sept. 1 or until 1,000 enties are sold. This raffle sells out every year, so be sure to make your donation ASAP! Every $20 donation to the Botanical Gardens will be entered for a chance to win at all three of the prizes. Enter as many times as you like. Only 1,000 entries will be taken. The prizes are: Grand Prize: Three-night stay…

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See the most famous shed in the world & more on Garden Walk Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Jim Charlier wanted to build a gardening shed. But where could he put a shed in his small Buffalo yard? His wife Leslie suggested taking down the jungle gym that their daughter Margaux didn’t use and put a shed there. “It was Leslie’s idea,” Charlier said, “then I took it to the nth degree.” This elaborate, quirky and practical shed is just one of the cool things you can see this weekend on Garden Walk Buffalo,…

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Six garden walks, including East Side, set this weekend in Western New York

It’s another amazing week for gardening events in Western New York! You can visit six garden walks this weekend, and several have nighttime tours, too. The East Side Garden Walk, which debuted in 2018 but was canceled during the pandemic in 2020, is back. You can visit again– or visit it for the first time. More than a garden tour, the East Side Garden Walk is a way for residents to take control of the narrative for their community, according…

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Hear ‘Get Crafty in Your Garden’ in East Aurora

by Connie Oswald Stofko I will present “Get Crafty in Your Garden” at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club at noon Monday, July 12 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 Main St. East Aurora.  Like all the events we list on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, this event is open to the public. In my presentation, I’ll show you tips on crafts you can make for your garden as well as from your garden. One of the crafts is the inexpensive and easy-to-make glass mushroom decoration for your…

Open Garden in Western New York

Open Gardens start on Thursday, Friday

Open Gardens is one of the amazing gardening events we get to enjoy here in Western New York. Open Gardens are like garden walks, but they take place on Thursdays and Fridays instead of on weekends. They take place only during July. And Open Gardens include just exceptional gardens. This year there will be nearly 100 gardens to visit! The gardens are beautiful, there are no crowds, and the gardeners are friendly and happy to answer questions. To see where…