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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.

117 Comments on “Contact Us

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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”.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Just watched a 9:29 minute video of Robert Bracikowski constructing a cacti-succulent container arrangement. He used a Starfish succulent plant I really liked. However, researching the plant on Google, I couldn’t find the plant that looked like the one he used. Please help me find that Starfish plant.

    Thank you very much!

  21. Dear Connie,
    I’m very upset that your articles condone the use of ROUNDUP weed killer. At the same time advocation for container plants that attract pollinators. With that mix you are inviting pollinators to their death. We need to find a better way to fight weeds with out damaging our environment and thus our future. Please use your talent to find us an organic way to combat pesky weeds. I have been battling creeping Charlie. And losing ! But by no means would I ever consider Round Up ! I’d rather live with Charlie. We need to eradicate the use of these terrible products before all the bees are gone. It’s not worth the picture perfect lawn in the long run. I’d appreciate an alternative, if you know of one. Thank you.
    Sincerely ,
    A Concerned Gardener

  22. Thanks so much for your comment.

    You’re writing in response to the article on lesser celandine. My contact for this information was a Master Gardener. The first thing suggested is to dig up lesser celandine. Using Roundup is a second choice.

    When it comes to the use of herbicides (and pesticides), I suggest: First, don’t use them unless you really have to. Second, make sure you use them properly. I totally agree that we have to make sure we don’t damage our environment.

    Different gardeners may have different levels of what constitutes the necessary use of herbicides and pesticides. With lesser celandine, it’s not just a question of having a picture-perfect lawn. It’s also a question of keeping this very invasive plant out of natural areas where it can choke out native plants. It can spread from your lawn to woods and fields. The only time I have mentioned Roundup in any articles in has been in connection with lesser celandine. I don’t think we should take the use of herbicides lightly.

    Yes, we want alternatives, which is why Carol Ann Harlos said you might try solarization as a way to kill the tubers of lesser celandine. (You cover the area with black plastic in an effort to try to cook the roots.) It might or might not work. If I hear of any other solutions, I will definitely share them.

    Yes, I am struggling with creeping Charlie in my yard, too. The Master Gardeners publish WNY Gardening Matters every month, and they promised me they would do something on creeping Charlie. Look for that in a coming issue. When they publish, I share it with my readers.

    And if you hear of better solutions, please let me know!

  23. Using bird netting to cover the planters, loosely so the plant has room to grow, will do the trick. It’s invisible from a distance and the birds can’t get into the planter.

  24. Is anyone else having a major problem with white flies? We had a problem last year where they were on some of our calibrochia (million bells)annuals and we lost a few. We had them again this year and lost quite a few that were in pots. We have been putting Neem oil on them which has controlled them somewhat. do they overwinter in the area that they were seen to reappear the following year?

  25. Thanks Connie for the info. Looks like I’m in it for the long-haul With this pest!

  26. Hi Connie.

    I am representing the Smallwood GArden Club. We are having our annual Plant Sale May 19th. Could you post the following on your event calendar. Please?!

    Plant Sale Fundraiser hosted by the Smallwood Garden Club. Will include annuals, hanging baskets, perennials donated by members, creatively potted planters, hypertufa and much more. Come early. Knowledgeable gardeners on site. Come join the fun!! And get your garden ready for SUMMER!! Faith Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Rd., Williamsville, NY May 19th 9am to 1pm.

  27. A few months ago you wrote about a dead spot in the lawn that is horseshoe shaped. I now have this and can’t find the article you wrote with the solution,.

  28. My nephew, niece, and I ordered a worm bin so we can have the worms do their “work.” Do you know where we can get Red Wigglers locally in Buffalo? I would prefer to source locally instead of ordering them online.

  29. I boiled spinach and now have a pot full of green water. Could I use this in my garden? Is there any nutrients for plants in this?

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