cardinal and sparrow in snow in Cheektowaga NY

Help researchers with Great Backyard Bird Count

The 25th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which will be held Friday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 21, is a way for you to help researchers right from your own backyard. Anyone, from beginning bird watchers to experts, can take part. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Each checklist submitted during the Great Backyard Bird…

sign of hemlock woolly adelgid

Join Winter Mapping Challenge for hemlock woolly adelgid

Winter is the best time to spot the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, and you can help monitor them from Feb. 12 through March 12 in New York’s first statewide Winter Mapping Challenge. You could win a prize! The challenge is being hosted by NY iMapInvasives and the NYS Hemlock Initiative. To participate: Get outside, find some hemlock trees and check for white “fuzz balls” on the undersides of twigs– these are the egg masses. Report your findings to iMap. Even if you don’t…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale 2019 by Stofko

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale accepting applications for vendors

The Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale is accepting applications for artists to exhibit. The application deadline is March 26. This popular summer craft sale is a high point of the summer for Buffalo Niagara’s ever-growing and enthusiastic gardening community. Items for sale, in any medium, have to be garden- or nature-themed, or works that can be displayed in a garden setting. Sculpture, planters, metalwork, paintings, lighting, vintage signs, woodwork, architectural remnants, fountains, found art, jewelry, ceramics – anything that relates back…

wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Native wintergreen, plus more from WNY Gardening Matters

American wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), a native plant, is an appealing evergreen groundcover, according to this article in the most recent edition of WNY Gardening Matters. Its glossy leaves emit a pleasant teaberry scent when crushed. Its white flowers are tinged with pink in summer and develop attractive red berries. There’s another evergreen groundcover with the common name of wintergreen, but it’s in an entirely different family. Learn more about spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) in this article, too. Also in this…

bee and hose and compost represent sustainable gardening

NEW: ‘Sustainable Gardening’ course starts Saturday at Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Sustainable gardening works with nature so you don’t have to do as much work trying to control pests, diseases and soil issues,” said David Clark, CNLP. Clark, a nationally known horticulture educator, will teach the new series of horticulture classes on sustainability. Classes will be taught from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting this Saturday, Jan. 22 in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. These classes are…

Garden Walk Buffalo poster 2021

Artwork sought by Garden Walk Buffalo; deadline is Jan. 31

Garden Walk Buffalo, America’s largest garden tour, is looking for submissions of original artwork to promote the 2022 event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31. Entries are due Friday, Jan. 31. This is an opportunity to share your artwork with hundreds of local gardeners and tens of thousands of visitors from around the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Submission guidelines: You may enter any form of painting (any medium, any…

gardening project by Historic Jefferson Block Club in Buffalo

Beautification grants available for gardening projects in Buffalo

Beautification grants for gardening projects in the City of Buffalo are available through Gardens Buffalo Niagara. This year, previously separate funding programs have been merged into one: the Marvin Lunenfeld Grants (previously the Lunenfeld and Vibrant Buffalo grants). Awards of  up to $1,000 will be based on the overall project cost and matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.  Projects can include community gardens, street-side planters, historical garden restoration, annuals for baskets—pretty much any garden-related project. Grant…

poinsettias and railway at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

See poinsettias & railway exhibit– day & night– at Botanical Gardens

An annual favorite, the Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit will be again be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botancial Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. A magnificent display of poinsettias sets the festive tone. See deep reds, magentas, pinks, yellows, oranges and apricots accented by silver and white foliage. A special feature is the Garden Railway display, made possible by the Western New York Garden Railway Society. In addition to daytime viewings, you can also see special nighttime showings. This is a…

orchids courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Orchid Show is back at Botanical Gardens

For first time since March 2020, the popular Orchid Show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The show is hosted by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens. Times and dates are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. (The Botanical Gardens will also close at 3 p.m. Sunday.) Informal educational presentations will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday…

composite image for Growing Gowanda event

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…