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Visit Amherst Garden Walk this weekend

This year’s Amherst Garden Walk offers more gardens to see—the Village of Williamsville will also be included. The walk will take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. You can get maps at these garden centers: Lincoln Park, Hi Way, Spoths, Arbordale, Badding Bros, Lavocats, Spoths Market, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses and George’s. They can also be picked up at 111 Campus Drive West. You can also download maps at the Town…

meadow rose at CW Native Plant Farm in Akron NY

Free tour of native plant farm & meeting of WNY Native Plants group

Free, self-guided tours of a native plant farm will be part of the next meeting of the Western New York Native Plants Collaborative. Anyone may attend. The WNY Native Plants Collaborative will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Gardens at Murder Creek and CW Native Plant Farm, 12288 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Akron. The hosts are Kathy Contrino and Ron Winkelman. The event will include a potluck dinner (bringing food to share is optional). Native plant farm and…

pergola in grassless backyard in South Buffalo NY

White stones instead of lawn: see it on South Buffalo Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko “I hated mowing,” said Peter Nightengale, “and I wanted my yard to look like nobody else’s.” That’s why he got rid of all the lawn in his South Buffalo property. In the front yard, white stones cover an area that used to be grass. There isn’t any lawn in the backyard, either. Even the hellstrip (the area between the sidewalk and street) has no grass—it’s all flowers. You can see this landscape and many others on…

Alan Henry of Henry's Gardens Hamburg NY

Sign up now for flower CSAs & veggie CSAs from Henry’s Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Wednesday, July 3 is the deadline to subscribe to a Summer Vegetable CSA or Cut Flower CSA—or both—from Henry’s Gardens. CSA is short for community-supported agriculture. When you subscribe for a CSA share, you get vegetables or cut flowers every week from Henry’s Gardens during the growing season. The CSA shares are available for pickup only. Summer Vegetable CSA The Summer Vegetable CSA will run for eight weeks, starting Saturday, July 13 and ending Saturday, Aug….

Garden Walk at 30 magazine in Buffalo NY

See before photos in ‘Garden Walk Buffalo at 30’

by Connie Oswald Stofko How many times have you looked at a landscape on Garden Walk Buffalo and thought, “Oh, my yard doesn’t look anything like this!” Well, their yards didn’t start out like that, either. See photos—before and after—of some of the most visited landscapes on Garden Walk Buffalo. You’ll find the photos and more in Garden Walk at 30, a commemorative magazine to celebrate the event’s three decades of changing the world through gardening. You can buy Garden…

incomplete garden path in Amherst NY copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

Heat wave in WNY: Protect your garden and yourself

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s a heat advisory for Western New York through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (There might also be thunderstorms and damaging winds, so watch the forecast in your area.) What do high temperatures mean for your garden–and for yourself? Protect your garden in heat wave Watering is a high priority for your garden during a heat wave. High temperatures will quickly dry out the soil, so it’s important to keep watering your plants. Which…

glass bird bath at The Buffalo Garden Art Sale in Buffalo NY

Mark your calendar for The Garden Art Sale

Transform your garden with one-of-a-kind pieces from over 75 vendors during the The Garden Art Sale on the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens front lawn, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are required. There is an unprecedented lineup of artisans and vendors this year—more than 30 new ones! See nature-themed artworks in mediums including sculpture, metalwork, paintings, woodwork, architectural remnants, found art, ceramics…

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Did you paint a fence? How you can dispose of leftover paint

Did you paint a fence or garage? Did you coat a deck? What will you do with the leftovers? Paint products can harm the environment if not managed properly and there have been few options for reuse or recycling, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Now there’s a network of paint retailers, local government facilities and reuse stores where you can drop off your leftovers. It’s provided by New York State’s Paint Stewardship Program. The DEC oversees…

visitors looking at roses during Rose Show by Western New York Rose Society at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

What do I smell? Roses! Visit show June 15 at Botanical Gardens

If you want fragrant roses in your garden, what variety should you choose? Find out at the annual Rose Show to be held by the Western New York Rose Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The Rose Show is included in admission. Enter the front doors of the conservatory to pay, then exit through the back door and walk to the Administration Building…

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Lewiston GardenFest kicks off garden walk season this weekend

The first garden walk of the season, the Lewiston GardenFest, will be held take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 along Center Street in Lewiston. The event is held by the Lewiston Garden Club. “Part of the fun is that we offer plenty of ideas, no matter what level of gardener you may be,” said Mary Ann Yates, Lewiston GardenFest chair. “Gain inspiration from our open gardens and speakers, find the right plant for your front porch, or accentuate…