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If you’re itching to garden, try easy-to-grow orchids

by Connie Oswald Stofko Your garden looks beautiful under its blanket of snow, but you may be missing the beautiful blooms it offered during the warmer months. If you’re looking for a way to grow flowers indoors over the winter, try orchids. People think they’re difficult to grow, but modern orchid hybridizing has created a wide variety of orchids that you can grow easily inside your home, said Joseph A. DiDomenico Jr., president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society. What…

Schefflera Leaves by Michael Mandolfo

Artists’ guidelines available for Arcangel Gallery

If you’re interested in exhibiting photos or artwork at the new Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, check out the Arcangel Gallery Application & Guidelines. The aim of the Arcangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens is to display photography and/or artwork that reflects first, the Botanical Gardens and its horticulture residents, then nature in general and Western New York life and architecture. First preference will be given to applicants that highlight the Botanical Gardens. The gallery…

Corinne and Wayne Arcangel

New art gallery to exhibit botanical works by local artists

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Arcangel Gallery, a new art exhibit space, was dedicated on Friday at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Local artists will have an opportunity to display their work. The gallery was named for Brent D. Arcangel, who died at age 23 in a car crash caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. The space was dedicated by his parents, Wayne D. and Corrine Arcangel of Hamburg,…

Lancaster Garden Club

Theme helps gardeners coordinate decorations

When you have 12 different garden clubs decorating the rooms of a mansion, how do you assure that the house will have a coherent look? At the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, they choose a theme and colors. This year’s theme is “A Visit From St. Nick” and the colors are red and gold. That color scheme can be seen in the elegant dining room at left, decorated by the Lancaster Garden Club. The portrait is of Frances Wilcox, daughter of…

Smallwood Garden Club in Amherst

Garden clubs re-create turn-of-century Christmas at Roosevelt Inaugural Site

by Connie Oswald Stofko During the Victorian era, wealthy Buffalo residents celebrated Christmas with spectacular parties and lavish decorations. Get a taste of that bygone era during the Victorian Christmas events at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. You can still make reservations for events on Thursday and Friday of this week, which include a dinner theater performance by Mike Randall, actor and meteorologist for WKBW-TV, in Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol. Randall will perform as…

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site decorated by gardeners in Buffalo

Get a taste of Victorian celebrations

Get a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in Buffalo during the Victorian era by participating in the Victorian Christmas events at the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguaral Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The site has been decorated by the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Eighth District, to evoke the feeling of the times. You can still make reservations for a luncheon and two dinners this week: “Shirley Temple Black: An American Treasure” will be the presentation by Dorothy Freeman…

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' in Amherst NY

The grass that made me cry, and my best organic gardening tip ever

Adventures in Organic Gardening By Laura Sileo-Lepkyj It was potting day last weekend. Oh, how I expected the tears to flow. We’ll be moving in January and I had made a list of a few of the rarer items in my garden that I want to take with me: the newly planted peach tree saplings, the purchased but luckily never planted Japanese holly, the similarly unplanted Corylus avellana “Contorta.” Since the ground will be frozen solid when we move, I…

Western New York Garden Railway Keuther

Incorporate plants into your garden railway

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week, we introduced you to model railways for the garden. To see one in person, check out the exhibit by the Western New York Garden Railway Society at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is running now through Jan. 2. Today we’ll talk about the gardening aspects of the hobby. When choosing plants for your garden railway, you want to look for ones that you can keep…

Western New York Garden Railway Henderson train

Add the element of motion to your garden with a model railway

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many  gardeners work with color and shape and water and aroma when  creating their outdoor spaces.  Consider adding the element of motion by installing a model railway. You can get a peek at a garden railway when the Western New York Garden Railway Society opens its exhibit the day after Thanksgiving at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The society has chosen an Old West theme, with adobe buildings and…

rock border in Williamsville NY garden

Finding inspiration in the garden

Many of us find spiritual inspiration in our gardens. Mary Jo Foley of Williamsville shares a gardening experience that reinforced her outlook on life: My friend Beth was helping me get my landscaping ready for my son’s high school graduation party. I told her I wanted stones as a border, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on them.  After pruning the bushes with her electric trimmer, we decided to take a walk, as I do everyday to…

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