slender false brome

Invasive grass & more news from Master Gardeners

An invasive plant that has been identified in Genesee County and may be other parts of Western New York is slender false brome, according to an article in the latest issue of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Erie County. Because slender false brome looks so much like other grasses, it may be undetected in other counties. See more about the plant in this article by Lisa Marie Gee. Other articles in this issue are: Find out…

wall of local stone in Lockport NY

Stone forms the bedrock of this inviting landscape in Lockport

__________ by Connie Oswald Stofko A lot of history — and stone — make up the landscape of the Morello Family in Lockport. I visited the family’s gardens on the Twilight Garden Tour of Lockport in Bloom in 2019. Lockport in Bloom is scheduled to be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12. Watch our Events page and the Gardens Buffalo Niagara site for more details as they become available. The Morellos’ house on Locust Street…

deer in backyard

Don’t feed deer: It’s bad for them, bad for people & illegal!

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you feed deer in your backyard or at a park, you could be harming them instead of helping them. Bringing deer together at feeding sites increases their risk of contracting communicable diseases, such as chronic wasting disease, from other deer. That’s why the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) prohibited deer feeding anywhere in New York State back in 2002. Recently the DEC adopted a new regulation to provide a clearer definition of what…

poster for Northwest Tour of Gardens 2019

Garden art sought in three competitions

The ARTpartnering program of the University Heights Arts Association seeks art for three competitions that will offer cash prizes and an exhibition of finalists’ work. In two of the competitions, the winning artwork will be featured on the official poster for a garden walk.   #GardenVisions Garden Art Competition The winning artwork will be featured on the Northwest Tour of Gardens official poster. There will also be three cash prizes. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, April 13. Original…

bromeliad silver vase

Fill your home with indoor plants that are trendy–and easy!

by Connie Oswald Stofko “There’s a resurgance” in growing indoor plants, said Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, general manager at Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market. “Indoor plants aren’t just an accent item; people are filling their homes with them.” People who use a lot of plants in their homes don’t want more of the same plants they already have. “They’re looking for unique and different varieties,” Jablonski-Dopkin said. But new doesn’t have to mean fussy or challenging to grow. Here are some trendy…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale 2019 by Stofko

Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale seeks vendors; deadline is April 4

__________ The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is seeking vendors for its ninth annual sale to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28. It will take place on the front lawn of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It’s a spectacular setting for this sale that attracts more than 2,000 serious buyers. Items for sale have to be garden- or nature-themed, or works that can be displayed in a garden setting. They can…

illustration of plants catching rainfall

Local groups receive grants to address environmental, health concerns

Three Western New York community-based organizations received grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice to support projects that address environmental and public health concerns. The local groups and their projects are: North Tonawanda Botanical Garden Organization Incorporated $47,162 North Tonawanda Sustainable Community Project To educate and engage middle and high school students in preserving water quality through living/green infrastructure and best practices to foster environmental sustainability and biodiversity in the City of North…

flowering dogwood

Trees with flowers, fruit & nuts offered in state, county sales

Find trees to fit your landscape in the annual seedling sales held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and by local counties. Each sale has different offerings. In addition to tree seedlings, some counties offer shrubs, wildflower seeds, ferns and supplies for your plants. See details on the DEC sale here. See sales in these counties: Cattaraugus Chautauqua Erie Genesee Niagara Orleans (See page 5 of the newsletter.) Trees with flowers, fruit & nuts Here are…

tomato plants ripening inside in autumn

How to keep growing tomatoes on the vine after frost

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s nothing like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, but frost will stop tomato production cold. There are ways to try to protect your plants from frost, but it can be difficult to accomplish. (See some tips here on how to prevent frost from damaging garden plants. So last year when Judy Clark of Hamburg excitedly told me, “It’s the end of November and I’m still getting fresh tomatoes,” you can bet that I wanted to know…

photo illustration of soil

It’s time for garden talks & classes in WNY

There isn’t a lot to do in your garden right now, so it’s a good time to learn more about gardening and get prepared for spring. Here is a sampling of classes and talks coming up in the next few weeks. We’re constantly adding more activities to our Events page, so check there often to see what’s coming up. Everything listed there, including garden club meetings, is open to the public. Events held by nonprofit groups are listed on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com…

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