fountain in backyard in West Seneca

Keep garden fountains filled by using a faucet adapter

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you like to keep the water in your fountains splashing on high? Bernie Grosser and Jim Jankowski of West Seneca do. The sound is soothing, especially since there is a noisy convenience store nearby. If some water splashes out of the fountain, it it helps to water the nearby...
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January 31, 2017
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Gardening classes set in Erie County

Communities in Bloom seminars will be held by the Master Gardener program of  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County on Saturday, Feb. 18 and repeated on Feb. 25. The topics for each daylong seminar are: Soil, Soil pH and Composting Winter Sowing & Seed Starting Pruning For each topic, there will be a talk...
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January 31, 2017
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New group forming on permaculture; intro presentations set for Feb. 4 & 11

by Connie Oswald Stofko A new group called Permaculture of Greater Buffalo will hold an introductory presentation on permaculture from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in Ashker’s Juice Bar & Cafe, 1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The same presentation will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Ashker’s. The room is...
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January 31, 2017
blue hydrangea in Western New York

Choose the right plant to keep gardening fun; hear author at PLANT WNY event

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are hydrangea plants that have blue flowers only when planted in acidic soil. In neutral soil, the flowers are pink. That means that if you want blue flowers and your soil is neutral, you have to add a lot of acid to your soil to get the flower color...
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January 24, 2017
'Tiny Wine' ninebark

Order native plants by Feb. 11 through Friends of Reinstein Woods

Friends of Reinstein Woods is accepting orders for their native perennial plant sale through Saturday, Feb. 11. The sale will raise funds to support environmental education programs offered by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. “Native plants are an excellent choice for homeowners and gardeners,” said Brittany Rowan, Friends of Reinstein educator. “They are lower maintenance and...
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January 24, 2017
Lumagination at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Get a new experience at Lumagination– Starts tomorrow

Lumagination, the spectacular light show that starts tomorrow at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will provide a new experience this year because of a collaboration with the University at Buffalo as well as the newly opened Asian exhibits that will provide a new backdrop. Visitors enjoyed getting photos of the Mayan-style waterfall...
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January 24, 2017
moon gate at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Water features create sense of calm in new Asian exhibits at Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko The photos here give you a glimpse of the new Asian exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, but it’s something you really should experience in person. The first thing you notice on entering the space is a new water feature, which creates a rhythmic pattern as it...
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January 17, 2017
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Indoor & outdoor plant tasks, plus more news from Master Gardeners

Every month, the Master Gardeners of Erie County share great information through WNY Gardening Matters, their online publication. January is a time for planning for the coming season. In “This Month in the Garden,” the Master Gardeners give us some direction for our planning. In the same article, get tips for houseplants as well...
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January 17, 2017
oak wilt

Prune oak trees now to protect against spreading disease called oak wilt

Pruning oak trees in winter can help protect the oaks from becoming infected with oak wilt, a fungal disease that can be deadly for oaks, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The disease was discovered in six new locations in New York State last year and can be spread by beetles...
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January 17, 2017
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Hurry to apply for Master Gardener training in Erie County; deadline is Jan. 20

Classes to train new Master Gardener volunteers will be held by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County, but to be considered for the program, you must get all the paperwork for your application to the office by 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The office is located in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft...
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January 17, 2017