spring buds and rock in snow in Buffalo

No early spring: Buffalo gardens will have to wait for warm weather

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last year at this time, spring had already arrived in the Buffalo area. The ground was thawed, the sun was shining, the air was warm and I was in my garden getting a head start on pulling weeds. It was glorious! Will we be getting another early spring this year? Probably not. “Last year was an aberration,” said Tom Paone, meterologist with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Buffalo. We keep getting snow this month,…

bee in Buffalo

‘Organic’ not always best choice for fertilizers & pesticides, chemist says

by Connie Oswald Stofko A fertilizer or pesticide may be called “organic,” but that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you, contends Dr. Fran Evans, a master gardener and retired chemist. In a wide-ranging talk about garden conservation this past weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Dr. Evans touched on “organic” versus “chemical” fertilizers and pesticides. With fertilizers, you could choose seaweed, which is considered an organic fertilizer, or you could choose something that is considered…

Abramovsky wedding at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens in Buffalo gets award for weddings

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has received a Bride’s Choice Award 2011 from WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation. “This is truly an honor,” said Mary Rose, wedding and event coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. “We are so pleased to have made such wonderful memories for our clients.” Winners of the award were determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from more than 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Awards were given across 20…

prune shrubs in Buffalo

Now is time to do most pruning in Buffalo area

by Connie Oswald Stofko When it comes to pruning, the most common mistake people make is that they do it at the wrong time, said Sally Cunningham, CNLP, who is a horticulturist, author and garden consultant. Cunningham will join Rex Weber, CNLP, arborist at Bradley Tree, in teaching a pruning seminar on Saturday, March 19 at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. “Where most people go wrong is that they go around like little squirrels and try to tidy things…

daffodil in Buffalo

Daffodils are the birthday flower for the month of March

by Ruth Syron Daffodils (also known as jonquils or narcissus) are the March birthday flower. In the Victorian era, daffodils meant, “You are an angel.” In the modern language of flowers, daffodils are a symbol of domestic happiness and friendship. Both meanings hold very nice sentiments. The daffodil is considered the national flower of Wales. On St. David’s Day, March 1, many folks wear the national flower on hats or lapels. The daffodil competes with the leek as the Welsh…

Inticancha White Pink Blush frost tolerant annual

Plant annuals in Buffalo in April! New series available

by Connie Oswald Stofko A new frost-tolerant annual called Inticancha will be available at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses in Williamsville. “You can put it out in mid-April in containers or even in ground beds,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses. “It’s nice to get that kind of color a month ahead of time. “It’s nice to extend the gardening season, too. Here in Buffalo, that’s kind of important.” The Inticancha series is a dwarf alstromeria that…

front view 48 North Parade St Buffalo

Designer in Buffalo chooses garden colors to coordinate with house

by Connie Oswald Stofko Everything in this landscape– including the stone– is done in greens, whites and purples. “The homeowner left the design up to us,” said Sean Haentges, owner of S & R Greenleaf Landscaping. “We incorporated the design with the house.” The design at 48 North Parade St., Buffalo, was part of the Front Yard Competition, an event in the National Garden Festival in Buffalo in 2010. As we promised, throughout the winter we’re showing you designs from…

Laeliocattleya Puppy Love

Orchid show is this weekend

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society Display and Sale will be held this weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Orchid workshops will be held at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Orchid plants and supplies will be on sale. Learn more about orchids and find out…

potato image for composting in Buffalo

Start composting now to prepare for spring gardening in Buffalo area

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you don’t have a compost bin going yet, now is the time to start. The temperatures should be in the 50s later this week, and you may get a touch of spring fever. Starting a compost bin will give you a garden-related chore during this brief warm spell. Your goal for the next few weeks is to start accumulating plant materials in your compost bin. Nothing much will actually happen to the materials for awhile,…

dome at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

This is last weekend to see Night Lights at Botanical Gardens

“Everything looks so different,” a visitor exclaimed as she toured the Night Lights exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. If you haven’t made it to Night Lights, this is your last chance. The last three days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17, 18 and 19. The exhibit is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. “The overwhelming positive response from the public has been nothing short of spectacular,” said David Swarts, president…

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