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Just one week left to enter our prize drawing; tell your friends

by Connie Oswald Stofko Hurry to enter our spectacular prize drawing! The deadline is a week from today, Tuesday, March 24. To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! If you are already subscribed, you are already entered. Hey, I love my loyal readers! If you are one of the three lucky winners, here’s what you’ll get: A low, eight-inch-diameter dish filled with succulents plus a $20 gift certificate from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118…

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Deadline nears for $1,000 scholarship from Master Gardeners in Erie County

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program volunteers are offering a $1,000 scholarship to college-bound seniors who reside and attend school in Erie County. Students must be accepted by a recognized, accredited college or university in New York State to study horticulture, botany or a related field. Related fields may include but are not limited to agriculture, entomology, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, forestry, genetics, food technology, landscape design, sustainable agriculture, urban geography and urban planning. Applications must…

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UPDATE: PLANTASIA IS CANCELLED Medical cannabis & more to be discussed at Plantasia

UPDATE: Plantasia is cancelled From the Plantasia Committee on March 12, 2020: After much deliberation and communication with the proper authorities, due to the ever-growing health concerns from COVID-19, it is with a very heavy heart that we have been left with no choice than to cancel this year’s Plantasia show. We are taking this proactive step for the health and safety of PLANTWNY members, event staff and all of our guests that look forward to our show every year….

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Welcome to our new subscribers– please tell your friends about us!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I want to welcome all of our new subscribers who signed up for Maybe you heard about us from the email sent out by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Or maybe you noticed something on social media or heard about us from friends. No matter how you heard about us, we’re glad you joined us! Now that you have subscribed, you’ll receive all of our great gardening tips, plus you are automatically entered…

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Apply by March 20 for Master Gardener training for Chautauqua, Catt counties

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County will hold its 2020 Master Gardeners Core Training Class. Those who successfully complete the 50-hour course may apply to become a Master Gardener volunteer in Chautauqua County or Cattaraugus County. Applications are due Friday, March 20. Class size is limited. You can request an application for the course from Lucia Conti by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at (716) 664-9502 Ext. 209 or emailing There is a program fee of $125 to help defray…

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Four landscape design ideas that you may have never seen before

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you go on garden walks or visit Open Gardens, it’s nice to just gaze at the beautiful landscapes. It’s also helpful to get new, practical ideas you can use in your own yard. We’ll do both in this article, looking at views from the landscape of Sue and Russell Rich in Hamburg. When they moved in 25 years ago, there was almost nothing in the yard, but now they are surrounded by beautiful garden beds….

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Please tell your gardening friends about our stupendous prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I want to find new subscribers for, the online gardening magazine for Western New York, so I’m holding a drawing and offering great prizes for gardeners Please help me spread the word by emailing this information to a friend. Or share it on Facebook , Instagram, Nextdoor or your favorite social media. Or pick up the phone and call a relative. Or mention it to a coworker. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’re my best ambassador. You can tell others…

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Opossums are more common than you think, but not a garden problem

by Connie Oswald Stofko I recently got this question from a reader: Hi Connie! Over here on Maynard, I just saw a possum. Is this something new for Eggertsville? Ellyn K. Demler Since I also live in this part of Amherst, this question was especially interesting to me. A few weeks ago, I saw a deer across the street from my house–the first I had seen in my neighborhood in 30 years–and now we have opossums? I called John Farfaglia,…

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Order now for Great Plant Sale so you don’t miss out; deadline is April 10

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is the time to place your pre-order for the Great Plant Sale at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The deadline to order is Friday, April 10, but don’t wait–some plants sell out early. You can order online. You’ll pick up your pre-ordered plants at the Great Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens from May 14-16. There will be other plants for sale then, too, that you don’t have to pre-order. But if you…

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More prizes in our drawing this year; subscribe now!

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s time again for our great prize drawing, and we have even more prizes than we had before! To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Did you already subscribe? Then you are already entered into the drawing! I appreciate the support of my current readers! Three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. Each will win a prize package worth more than $250! The deadline…

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