gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

Drought tops list of gardening topics as we look back at 2016

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was going to say that the drought is probably what Western New York gardeners will remember most about 2016, but we may have to get used to summers like this. Our climate patterns have changed, and Western New York gardeners should expect more hot, dry summers, according to Cornell University....
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December 20, 2016
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poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2016

Cash prizes & exhibit offered in Capen Garden Walk art contest; deadline is Feb. 15

Artwork is being sought to create the the official poster that will advertise the 2017 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2017 Gardening Art Competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work. The first-place winner’s...
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December 20, 2016

Fire used as conservation tool on Niagara Escarpment Preserve

Forest fires raged out of control in several southern states last month, but fire, when controlled, can also be used as a conservation tool. The Western New York Land Conservancy did that on Nov. 7 when it burned a grassland at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. It was the first...
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December 20, 2016

Botanical Gardens aims for Jan. 14 opening of rehabbed houses

by Connie Oswald Stofko An Asian theme and new features are in store when Houses 2 and 3 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens finally reopen after extensive renovations. The goal is to have the buildings open to the public on Jan. 14, said David J. Swarts, president and CEO of the...
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December 13, 2016
mealybug courtesy Bugwood

What to do about mealy bugs on houseplants, plus more tips

Mealybugs can be a problem for your houseplants during winter. Find out what to do about this pest in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Mealybugs are tiny, but they’re a problem because they suck fluid from plant, weakening the plant...
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December 13, 2016
lily centerpiece for Christmas at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Homegrown lilies are part of Christmas centerpiece

Whether you’re looking for a decoration for your home or a gift for a friend, think of fresh flowers. The centerpiece pictured uses oriental lilies grown in the greenhouses at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Even the pine cones are sourced locally. Other flower and plant suggestions include miniature gardens,...
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December 13, 2016
treetops and cloud in Hamburg NY

Be careful where you get your science news

by Connie Oswald Stofko As a gardener, you should be aware of climate change. You should also know that there is a lot of misinformation out there on climate change, so be careful. A lot of folks get their news through Facebook or other social media, but their friends may share posts without investigating...
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December 13, 2016

Varieties of poinsettias range from darling to dramatic

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve seen?” said Teresa Buchanan, general manager at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. We were looking at two new varieties of poinsettia: mini pink ‘Princettia’ and mini white ‘Princettia’.  Even the name ‘Princettia’ is darling– a blend of princess and poinsettia. The mini ‘Princettias’...
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December 6, 2016
poster for Garden Walk Buffalo 2016

Call for artwork for Garden Walk Buffalo; deadline is Jan. 31

Your original artwork could be used to promote Garden Walk Buffalo in 2017. The deadline to submit your artwork is Tuesday, Jan. 31. You may enter any form of a painting in any medium, a photograph, a drawing, an illustration or a mixed media work. Your submission is limited to five entries. Keep your...
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December 6, 2016
winners of 2016 landscape awards from PLANT WNY

PLANT WNY presents landscape awards

PLANT WNY, the association for green businesses in Western New York, presented its 2016 Landscape Awards at its Harvest Dinner in November. The winners are: Best of Show: T. O’Donnell Landscaping for the Brunner Residence Large Residential: Jacrist Gardening Services, Inc. for the Albrecht Residence Large Hardscape: Scott’s Lawn & Landscape Services for the Potter Residence...
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December 6, 2016