tea house in Lancaster NY

Feel transported across the world in backyard tea garden in Lancaster

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Everyone comes to see the back,” said Rich Groblewski as he gave me a tour last week of his landscape at 14 Lombardy St., Lancaster. It seems like a nice suburban yard with a new arbor (the old one was crushed under seven feet of snow in the Snowvember storm), a fire pit, small pond and flowering plants. But walk a little farther back and you’ll see a path lined with bright red railings. Follow the…

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Learn about pruning & get your tools sharpened at Lockwood’s; birding seminar, too

Because the first one filled up so fast, Lockwood’s Greenhouses is holding another seminar on pruning at 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 11 at Lockwood’s, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The session will be taught by gardening expert Sally Cunningham. It will focus on damage from the Snowvember Storm, but will also cover common problems in the landscape caused by severe cold and animals grazing on your garden plants. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period. You can even bring photos of particular shrubs…

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Thought for the day: savor the beauty

by Connie Oswald Stofko Well, it’s official. This was the coldest February on record in Western New York. It’s been a tough winter. Some of us got seven feet of snow in November alone. Even areas of Western New York that don’t normally get much snow have two feet or more on the ground. People are tired of shoveling, of trying to walk on snowy sidewalks, of driving through snow. Then there’s the cold. Day after day of below zero…

Star Magnolia damaged in Hamburg NY

Storm damage: Free talk at Lockwood’s will explain what you can do

There was the Snowvember storm in 2014, which brought down trees and damaged mature shrubs. Even if you were lucky enough to have missed that, all of us in Western New York have experienced high winds, heavy snow and brutally cold temperatures this winter. And every year many gardeners contend with deer and rabbits, which can cause damage to our landscapes. Find out what you can do about damage to your landscape at a free talk by gardening expert Sally…

veggies in flower garden

We’ll see you in 2015 after a short break; let’s look back on 2014

by Connie Oswald Stofko This is my last issue for 2014, but I will return Jan. 13 with more gardening tips and hints on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. In the meantime, I’ll continue updating the Events page, so you’re welcome to check back to find out about all the great gardening activities in Western New York. This past year had its ups and downs for Western New York gardeners. It started with a bitter winter, but at least all that snow we got…

Replace Botanical Gardens’ storm-damaged plants & 4 more ways your donation helps

by Connie Oswald Stofko During the recent Snowvember storm, the wind and the weight of the snow broke 150 panes of glass in two greenhouses at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical  Gardens. The storm destroyed 154 plants indoors. It will cost roughly $6,000 to replace them. That’s not taking into account damage done to plants outside. But you can help by making a monetary donation today. Not only did the Botanical Gardens lose plants in the storm, it lost…

dandelion late November 2014 in Amherst NY

For the record, it’s not winter yet in Western New York; let’s make the best of our weather

by Connie Oswald Stofko It sure felt wintry in Western New York before Thanksgiving. When people ask me how much snow I got, I say: “Just 10 inches.” I emphasize the word “just.” In other years, 10 inches of snow before Thanksgiving might feel like a lot, but compared to the seven feet that other people got, it’s hardly worth mentioning. Yet after Thanksgiving, the weather got so warm it felt like the calendar was going backwards. It seemed as…