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Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher


Phone: (716) 833-5187


175 Stevenson Blvd.

Amherst, NY 14226


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We post events for free for nonprofit organizations and for advertisers. You can e-mail the information to me at Please make sure to include the address of the place where you are meeting; people may be coming from other towns and not know where a community center or church is located. The information I need is what the event is, time, day, date, place and address. Optional: If you have someone who is willing to respond to questions about the event from our readers, include a phone number or e-mail address to be included in the post. Include other information that is relevant to the event. Please  send information only  for events that are open to the public. You don’t have to wait to send us your information; you may send us all of your dates for the coming year at one time if you like. We try to post the information as soon as we get it. We publish the magazine on Tuesdays, so make sure you get an event to us before the Monday preceding your event.

78 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Connie on May 13, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Amelia, thanks for the question. There are a couple ways to search past articles. On the right hand side, you’ll see a list labeled Topics. You can click on any of those topics to see articles on that topic. Just above Topics is the search box. Click in the box and type one or more words, such as clematis, and you’ll get articles that best match your keywords. The article you’re looking for is this one: I hope that helps.

  2. Fran on May 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    You have got to be kidding with the capcha. It is ABSOLUTELY impossible to read. I must have tried 20-30 times to interpret it. I give up.

  3. Connie on May 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Fran, I’m so sorry you had such difficulty with the Capcha. That can be so frustrating. And you did it 20 or 30 times?– That’s perseverance! Anytime you want to reach me, all my contact information is at the top of this page. I’ll email you directly and we’ll get this straightened out for you.

  4. amelia on May 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you, Connie! i found it (the groundcover) and will be looking for it at the nurseries. And i really appreciate your quick response! Blessings….

  5. Kristin on August 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Connie,
    I was looking for a place to ask questions. I’m not sure if this is the right place? I’ve never seen this question asked before. I am wondering if it’s alright to water garden plants with water from our dehumidifier?
    Thank you.

  6. Connie on August 26, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Kristin, I’m not a gardening expert– I’m a writer by profession. I interview knowledgeable people in order to provide you with great articles on

    So when someone asks a question I can’t answer, I post the question and rely on my readers to share their expertise. Would you like me to include your question in a future post? If so, what’s your last name and what town do you live in?

  7. Dennis LaMotte on November 14, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Need to email Mr. David Clark directly if possible. Working on a project along with friends in Nashville, TN on gathering some tree foliage located in Balieze. How we can preserve the leaves to be shipped to the US. Thank you for any help.

  8. Connie on November 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    You can find David Clark’s contact information here:

  9. Gary Eye on May 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I’m a long time friend of Bev Leake and always joked with her about the plants for OP Plant really came from Eden, where real gardens grow. Anyway, the sidewalk garden the OPGC plants in front of Mangia each year is wonderful and has inspired me to do the same in front of the Eden Ale House now for a third year. I look forward to it each year and how I can make changes and make it better. Someday I’ll be adding drip irrigation maybe even have some friendly competition between Eden and OP.

  10. Connie on May 3, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Gary, that sounds lovely. Email a photo of your garden to me and I can post it on our Your Photos page. My contact information is at the top of this page.

  11. Donald Palmisano on June 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Been looking for free compost in the buffalo area I heard wegmans is composting there old produce

  12. Connie on June 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Donald, are they giving compost away for free?

  13. Lyn Chimera on July 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Regarding thge lily leaf beetle, getting rid of the larva is also very helpful. The larva cover themselves in their feces (not a pleasant thought), however it does make them easy to spot. They can be found under the liily leaves. Just wipe them off with a paper towel.

    Instead of trying to pick the lily leaf beetle drop them into soapy water like with the Japanese beetle. Works well.

  14. Carolyn Cybulski on August 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    The Buffalo Area Daylily Society and the Hosta Society is having their annual sale to the public, along with the Iris Society at the Botanical Gardens, Administration Bldg on Aug. 20th, 9-3 pm. I wondered why it wasn’t posted under “Events”.

  15. Connie on August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Carolyn, that was an oversight on my part. Thanks for pointing it out. I have now posted it on our Events page.

  16. Dave. Radwam on October 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Can u grow sweet potato vines from the bulb of the sweet potato? If u can how do u do it

  17. Lyn Chimera on January 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

    If you mean a regular sweet potato that you buy in the store, it can be planted in either soil or water (suspend it half above the water by using tooth picks to hold it up) and will grow a vine. It’s not as decorative and lush as the ones you get from nurseries.

  18. Connie on January 25, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Lyn, thanks for that tip.

  19. Courtney Ruth Whiteside on February 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    It is technically illegal in Niagara Falls NY, to grow your own vegetables, make compost or have livestock such as chickens. I would like to take action against this injustice, any ideas? I’m thinking of getting chickens and already planning on growing a garden, I have illegal compost, Shhhhhhh.

  20. Connie on February 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Let me look into this.

  21. Lyn Chimera on February 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Regarding growing vegetables in Niagara Falls,I woulod check with the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. They might be able to be of help.

  22. Connie on February 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Yes, that’s who am trying to reach, but Coutney Ruth Whiteside, you can contact them directly if you like.

  23. Sharon Gibas on February 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

    We have some bulbs which inadvertently did not get planted in the fall. With this thaw, can we plant them now for a spring bloom?

  24. Lyn Chimera on February 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    You can plant them but they probably won’t bloom this year or may not grow at all. If the bulbs are dried out or have any rot they shouldn’t be planted. Good luck.

  25. Connie on February 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Lyn, thanks for that reply. I figured it was better to get them in the ground than to try to save them for next year.

  26. Bridget Ellwood on March 5, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I’m a budding urban gardener, in the city of Buffalo, and I’m looking for information about front yard vegetable gardens. After reading a few articles where people are being fined and possibly arrested and threatened to serve jail time, I’d like to know what vegetables I can grow legally in my front yard in the city, if any, so I don’t find myself in that predicament. I haven’t found anything from a Google search, if anyone has answers, please help, as we’re approaching spring fast. Please and thank you.

  27. Connie on March 6, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Courtney Ruth, I checked with John Farfaglia of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. He says that for sure you can grow your own vegetables in Niagara Falls. Is it illegal to compost? Maybe. There might be some rules about what you can or can’t do, probably so you don’t encourage rodents. Can you have chickens? Every municipality has different rules on this. He suggested checking with the city clerk. I hope that helps.

  28. Connie on March 6, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Bridget, you’re the second person who has concerns about growing vegetables in a city. I haven’t heard anything about this. Can you direct me to the articles you have seen?
    Your question is specifically about being able to plant vegetables in your front yard. People generally plant flowers in their front yards and relegate their vegetables to the backyard, but there is a trend to mix vegetables in with ornamental plants. These folks in Lancaster have a grassless front yard with vegetables and ornamental plants mixed together.
    This gardener in Buffalo has herbs mixed in with ornamentals in her hellstrip, the area between the sidewalk and street.
    One thing to keep in mind, though, is soil contamination. For years we had lead in our gasoline, and that residue, along with salt and other chemicals, may be in that area. Although the risk of contamination may not be high, Farfaglia recommends using the hellstrip just for ornamental plants. Read more here.

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