cover of book Finding the Mother Tree

Author of ‘Finding the Mother Tree’ to speak June 16

Trees live in societies, and “In those societies, there is so much going on,” said Suzanne Simard. “It’s complex. “Trees have complex lives. They know what their neighbors are doing. They communicate with them through these webs of fungal filaments that travel through the soil. They also communicate by sending off chemicals through the air.” Dr. Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, will speak in a free, virtual event to be held at 7…

gardens and waterfall in Elma

Open Gardens start July 1; buy guide now

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is the time to buy the guidebook that will show you the way to nearly 100 exceptional gardens to visit during select hours on Thursdays or Fridays for five weeks.  Open Gardens begin July 1 and continues through July. To get all the information, you need an Open Gardens guide. There are three ways to get the guide: Purchase one online here ($20 donation). Buy the Open Gardens smartphone app ($4.99). It has GPS, maps, photos and garden…

water lilies on pond with small waterfall in Tonawanda NY

Sign up to share your garden on Ken-Ton Garden Tour; deadline is June 4

The Ken-Ton Garden Tour is now accepting applications for this year’s tour. Residents of the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore can sign up here. If you wish to apply by telephone, contact Sandy at 716-983-6827. The deadline is Friday, June 4. You may display your garden during one or more of the times listed below: Friday, July 16 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 17 from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, July 17 and 18…

flowers on Garden Walk Buffalo

Get map mailed to you before Garden Walk Buffalo

With about 400 gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo and only two days to visit, wouldn’t it be nice to get a map ahead of time so you can plan your route? You can! Make a donation before June 15 and a map will be mailed to you by the third week of July. Donations received after June 15 will receive next year’s map. See all the details here. Bonus: you will also get the map for the East Side Garden Walk mailed to…

plants for sale in pots illustration copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

Plant sales, exchanges set in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many garden groups in Western New York are holding plant sales and plant exchanges in the coming weeks. Here’s the list I have so far; there might be more sales to come. Check back to our Events page often to see what’s new. And when you’re looking for plants, please don’t forget our local garden centers! Garden Friends of Clarence Garden Friends of Clarence will hold a perennial plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,…

maypole trellis on East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo

Coming back: Garden Walk Buffalo and East Side Garden Walk

Garden Walk Buffalo and East Side Garden Walk are coming back for in-person visits! Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the United States, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25. The East Side Garden Walk, one of the newer garden walks in Western New York, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17. If you want to share your garden on either of these walks,…

gardening tools

Taste of Paradise is back; enjoy virtual raffle & meal to go

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has brought back the Taste of Paradise as a virtual event. A basket raffle with more than 50 prizes will be held online from 8 a.m. Friday, March 26 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28. You can also purchase a delicious meal to go, provided by Curly’s Grille. Basket raffle Prizes in the virtual basket raffle include gardening classes, memberships to the Botanical Gardens, plants, gardening tools, honey items, a bird lover’s basket,…

spring flowers at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Enjoy gardens full of spring blooms at Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the color and aroma of spring flowers during the Spring Exhibit to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20 through Sunday, April 18 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission. The displays will include more than 22,000 spring bulbs. A new plant to see in the exhibit this year is Pink Dandelions, a wildflower from central Asia that has a yellow center surrounded…

evergreen in snow and bee, butterfly, aster, goldenrod

Design, all-season gardens to be discussed at Education Day March 13

Two great speakers will be featured at Master Gardener Education Day, which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13 by the Master Gardeners in Erie County. Rick Darke, the photographer and co-author with Doug Tallamy of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, will present “Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes.”  Paul Zammit, a professor at Niagara College in Ontario and past director of horticulture at the Toronto…

insects in colored squares

‘What’s Bugging You’ series addresses pest problems

Find out not only how to get rid of pests, but why the pests are there in the first place with What’s Bugging You First Fridays. Get practical advice in this new virtual series. Learn how to use integrated pest management (IPM), a wholistic approach that uses different tools and practices to avoid pest problems, deal with pest problems and promote a healthy environment. The series is being held by Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County in partnership with the New…