houseplants at Mischler's Florist and Greenhouses in Williamsville NY

Houseplant Weekend at Mischler’s: sale, plant prognosis, free gift & more

Get 33 percent off all houseplants, find out what’s wrong with houseplants you already have, transplant your houseplants with no mess, get a behind-the-scenes tour and receive a gift during Houseplant Weekend at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Sale All houseplants will be 33 percent off. “We already have inexpensive plants,” said Luke Schiavone, houseplant specialist at…

Kenny Coogan with carnivorous plant

Carnivorous plant lovers: Hear author originally from Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may have enjoyed the information on carnivorous plants that Kenny Coogan, co-founder of the Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club, shared with us back in 2012. Coogan has moved to Florida, but he’ll be back in Buffalo to talk about his book– just released Oct. 1– called Florida’s Carnivorous Plants: Understanding, Identifying, and Cultivating the State’s Native Species. While the title focuses on Florida, Coogan includes information that WNY gardeners will like, such as how the plants digest insects and…

mums outside Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens: Coleus, creatures, mums & after-dark events

by Connie Oswald Stofko With three exhibits going on at once, there’s a lot to see at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Gardening tip: It’s fun to stroll through the exhibits, and while you’re doing that, keep your eye open for something you can replicate in your own garden. Coleus & Creatures Exhibit Colorful creatures made out of live plants are on display during the new Coleus and Creatures Exhibit. The exhibit includes a…

floral clock photo illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

Garden symposium set by Jamestown Garden Club; hear 45 Gardening Tips

by Connie Oswald Stofko A garden symposium will be held by the Jamestown Garden Club from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the YWCA Lake Lodge, 185 E Terrace Ave., Lakewood. The doors open at 9:30 for participants to check in, grab a cup of coffee and browse the great items offered for sale at the Chic Boutique. You will find great things for you or for holiday gifts.  I will be the first speaker at 11 a.m., presenting…

graphic of four leaves in four seasons

Two sets of gardening classes coming up in Buffalo

Learn more about gardening in two sets of classes starting this month. The series at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens starts on Sept. 10. The classes from the Master Gardeners in Erie County start Sept. 20. Horticulture classes at Botanical Gardens Introduction to Horticulture classes will be delivered by David Clark, CNLP, who is a nationally known garden educator. These classes will give you the basic education and skills you’ll need as a beginner, and it’s a great…

Vegetable Display at Genesee Country Village Museum by Brian Nagel

Deadline is Sept. 16 to enter veggies, flowers in Agricultural Fair in Mumford

The deadline is Friday, Sept. 16 to enter the judging of fruit, vegetables, flowers and more in the Agricultural Fair at Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. It will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2. There are categories in fruits, vegetables, flowers, largest pumpkin, baking, jellies and jams, butter and cheese, beverages, sewing, knitting and crocheting, weaving, embroidery, candles, industrial arts and photography. There are also youth…

flowers at Market at Graycliff

Just 3 more opportunities to visit Market at Graycliff, explore landscape for free

You have three more chances to explore the landscape at Graycliff, see the picking garden in bloom and check out the The Market at Graycliff with local vendors. Admission is free! The producer-only Market at Graycliff supports local vendors and features wine, pottery, candles and soap as well as cut flowers and produce from Graycliff’s historic vegetable garden. There is also music, adult beverages by the Tipsy Trailer, and family yoga run by Yoga Parkside at 6 p.m. each Market evening.  If you want…

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Send me your WNY gardening events!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I just got an email from a reader wondering why there aren’t many events from her county on my Events page. It’s because if I don’t know about the event, I can’t post it. And if you don’t tell me about your gardening event, I won’t know about it. Please send me your gardening events! I post events for free for nonprofit organizations. You can e-mail the information to me at Connie@BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com. I publish the magazine…

arbor with kiwi tree in East Buffalo NY

See quirky, innovative farms on Urban Farm Day

by Connie Oswald Stofko Cheryl Harris of Buffalo was surprised when she was asked to share her large backyard on Urban Farm Day. She doesn’t view it as a farm, even though it’s a large space that grows plants in the city. But what else describes an urban farm in Western New York? Like our gardening, our urban farms are innovative, unusual and quirky. One lets you pick your own worms. Another grows microgreens inside. Still another supplies a pay-as-you-can…

dinosaur made of plants at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

New Coleus & Creatures Exhibit set at Botanical Gardens

Colorful creatures made out of live plants will be on display during the new Coleus and Creatures Exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Saturday, Aug. 20 through Monday, Oct. 31. Look for dinosaur succulent topiaries, a coleus peacock, moss-made dinosaurs, a giant buffalo, a dragonfly, a shark and more. You’ll also be dazzled by hundreds of vibrant colored coleus throughout…