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Apply by March 20 for Master Gardener training for Chautauqua, Catt counties

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County will hold its 2020 Master Gardeners Core Training Class. Those who successfully complete the 50-hour course may apply to become a Master Gardener volunteer in Chautauqua County or Cattaraugus County. Applications are due Friday, March 20. Class size is limited. You can request an application for the course from Lucia Conti by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at (716) 664-9502 Ext. 209 or emailing lpc33@cornell.edu. There is a program fee of $125 to help defray…

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Four landscape design ideas that you may have never seen before

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you go on garden walks or visit Open Gardens, it’s nice to just gaze at the beautiful landscapes. It’s also helpful to get new, practical ideas you can use in your own yard. We’ll do both in this article, looking at views from the landscape of Sue and Russell Rich in Hamburg. When they moved in 25 years ago, there was almost nothing in the yard, but now they are surrounded by beautiful garden beds….

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Please tell your gardening friends about our stupendous prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I want to find new subscribers for Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York, so I’m holding a drawing and offering great prizes for gardeners Please help me spread the word by emailing this information to a friend. Or share it on Facebook , Instagram, Nextdoor or your favorite social media. Or pick up the phone and call a relative. Or mention it to a coworker. If you’ve been reading Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com for awhile, you’re my best ambassador. You can tell others…

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Opossums are more common than you think, but not a garden problem

by Connie Oswald Stofko I recently got this question from a reader: Hi Connie! Over here on Maynard, I just saw a possum. Is this something new for Eggertsville? Ellyn K. Demler Since I also live in this part of Amherst, this question was especially interesting to me. A few weeks ago, I saw a deer across the street from my house–the first I had seen in my neighborhood in 30 years–and now we have opossums? I called John Farfaglia,…

Symphoricarpos 'Proud Berry'

Order now for Great Plant Sale so you don’t miss out; deadline is April 10

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is the time to place your pre-order for the Great Plant Sale at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The deadline to order is Friday, April 10, but don’t wait–some plants sell out early. You can order online. You’ll pick up your pre-ordered plants at the Great Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens from May 14-16. There will be other plants for sale then, too, that you don’t have to pre-order. But if you…

succulent garden from Mischler's in Williamsville NY

More prizes in our drawing this year; subscribe now!

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s time again for our great prize drawing, and we have even more prizes than we had before! To enter, just subscribe to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Did you already subscribe? Then you are already entered into the drawing! I appreciate the support of my current readers! Three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. Each will win a prize package worth more than $250! The deadline…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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