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Congratulations to the 3 winners in our prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Please help me congratulate the three lucky winners in our recent prize drawing held by They are: Dina Volpe of Cheektowaga Ellen Joyce of Cheektowaga Cheryl Stoyle of New Jersey (She visited the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens several years ago when on a camping trip and can’t wait to visit Western New York again!) The names were drawn at random. Everyone who was subscribed to by March 23 was entered into the drawing. I’m…

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Act now to get rid of lesser celandine

_____ by Connie Oswald Stofko Lesser celandine is an invasive weed that can take over your lawn and gardens. “Whatever you do, don’t ignore it,” said Master Gardener Lyn Chimera. It’s pretty, but… Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria) is easy to ignore, Chimera acknowledges. It’s a spring ephemeral and dies back, so it’s easy to forget about it once it disappears–but it will return. And because it’s pretty, many people don’t recognize it as a weed. Chimera was one…

maypole trellis on East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo

Coming back: Garden Walk Buffalo and East Side Garden Walk

Garden Walk Buffalo and East Side Garden Walk are coming back for in-person visits! Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the United States, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25. The East Side Garden Walk, one of the newer garden walks in Western New York, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17. If you want to share your garden on either of these walks,…

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Our prize drawing: still waiting for the third winner

by Connie Oswald Stofko I know thousands of you have been waiting to see if you are one of the three winners in our wonderful prize drawing worth $250. Two of the winners got back to me promptly, but there is no third winner yet. The person who was third on the list didn’t respond by the deadline, so I had to go to the fourth person. I’m still waiting for that person to respond. If they don’t respond in…


It’s spring in Buffalo! 7 gardening tasks you can do outside now

by Connie Oswald Stofko by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s spring on the calendar, and it feels likes spring in our gardens, too! Snowdrops and crocuses are blooming while daffodils and hyacinths are budding. It’s been sunny and warm outside! Here are a few things you can do in your spring garden in Western New York. Take a walk in your yard Pick up any trash that has blown into your yard. See if you have damage from rabbits, deer or…

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Taste of Paradise is back; enjoy virtual raffle & meal to go

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has brought back the Taste of Paradise as a virtual event. A basket raffle with more than 50 prizes will be held online from 8 a.m. Friday, March 26 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28. You can also purchase a delicious meal to go, provided by Curly’s Grille. Basket raffle Prizes in the virtual basket raffle include gardening classes, memberships to the Botanical Gardens, plants, gardening tools, honey items, a bird lover’s basket,…

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Last day to enter prize drawing for gardeners worth $250!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tell your friends that today, Tuesday, March 23, is the last day to enter to win a gardener’s prize package worth more than $250. All they have to do to enter is subscribe to And it’s free to subscribe! Welcome new subscribers! Shout out to my loyal readers from past years! If you have already subscribed, you are already in the prize drawing! But if you haven’t subscribed, do it today. You will automatically be entered into our prize…

spring flowers at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Enjoy gardens full of spring blooms at Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the color and aroma of spring flowers during the Spring Exhibit to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20 through Sunday, April 18 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission. The displays will include more than 22,000 spring bulbs. A new plant to see in the exhibit this year is Pink Dandelions, a wildflower from central Asia that has a yellow center surrounded…

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Spotlight on ‘Brandywise’ tomato & more from Master Gardeners

The ‘Brandywise’ tomato is said to pair the rich heirloom flavor of ‘Brandywine’ with disease resistance. Twenty Master Gardeners trialed it last year and it lived up to the hype, according to an article in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. ‘Brandywise’ was very tasty and firm, free of diseases, prolific and easy to grow. The tomatoes ranged from three to five inches in diameter. See more…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale

Garden Art Sale is coming back; sign up as vendor by April 15

___ The Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale will be back in 2021 after a COVID year off! The deadline to sign up as a vendor is Thursday, April 15. For fees, rules and regulations, visit This popular summer craft sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27 on the grounds of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. There will be live music, food trucks, plant society booths and a basket raffle. Info for vendors The items for sale…

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