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Autumn: Take photos of your perennials, make plant labels

by Connie Oswald Stofko Yeah, yeah, yeah. You know where all your perennials are–now. But what about next spring when all the plants–perennials and weeds alike– are tiny? You can take a guess on what’s in that spot. Or you can invest some time now so that, in spring, you’re not weeding out your beloved flowers. First, take photos of your gardens now while your perennials are still standing. See more here. Second, label your plants. Tip: I have used…

yellow and orange pansies at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Welcome autumn with seasonal flowers

by Connie Oswald Stofko Freshen up your landscape with autumn annuals. From traditional mums to a newer variety of ornamental peppers, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses has plants to brighten up your autumn landscape. Let’s start with mums. There are early-season, mid-season and late-season mums. They bloom at different times, depending on the variety. Early-season mums are available now. When I took these photos last week, the flowers were just opening. Some people like to choose a plant whose flowers aren’t…

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Fall Garden Gala set in Batavia on Sept. 17

The Genesee County Master Gardeners will host their annual Fall Garden Gala from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 East Main St., Batavia. This plant sale features hardy garden perennials, most grown by Master Gardeners. Arrive at 10 am for the best plant selection. No early birds please. Fall is a good time to plant many perennials because there is still time for them to grow a strong root system…

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Some native pollinators could become extinct in NYS; you can help

by Connie Oswald Stofko More than one-third of native pollinators in a recent survey are at risk of becoming extinct in New York State. “It is a sobering finding,” said Erin White, zoologist and project coordinator with New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP). The recently released Empire State Native Pollinator Survey 2017-2021 confirms concerns about the health of some pollinator populations in New York State, but there are things we gardeners can do to turn things around. Some findings about…

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Two sets of gardening classes coming up in Buffalo

Learn more about gardening in two sets of classes starting this month. The series at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens starts on Sept. 10. The classes from the Master Gardeners in Erie County start Sept. 20. Horticulture classes at Botanical Gardens Introduction to Horticulture classes will be delivered by David Clark, CNLP, who is a nationally known garden educator. These classes will give you the basic education and skills you’ll need as a beginner, and it’s a great…

Vegetable Display at Genesee Country Village Museum by Brian Nagel

Deadline is Sept. 16 to enter veggies, flowers in Agricultural Fair in Mumford

The deadline is Friday, Sept. 16 to enter the judging of fruit, vegetables, flowers and more in the Agricultural Fair at Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. It will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2. There are categories in fruits, vegetables, flowers, largest pumpkin, baking, jellies and jams, butter and cheese, beverages, sewing, knitting and crocheting, weaving, embroidery, candles, industrial arts and photography. There are also youth…

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Why you shouldn’t plant spring bulbs too early in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko “While the big box stores have bulbs available before Labor Day, bulbs should not be planted before the beginning of October,” said Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, general manager at Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market. “Our bulb suppliers won’t send them till the end of September. We usually have them in stock by the first week in October.” Autumn is the time to plant bulbs that flower in spring, but planting them too early could damage or even kill them. When…

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Just 3 more opportunities to visit Market at Graycliff, explore landscape for free

You have three more chances to explore the landscape at Graycliff, see the picking garden in bloom and check out the The Market at Graycliff with local vendors. Admission is free! The producer-only Market at Graycliff supports local vendors and features wine, pottery, candles and soap as well as cut flowers and produce from Graycliff’s historic vegetable garden. There is also music, adult beverages by the Tipsy Trailer, and family yoga run by Yoga Parkside at 6 p.m. each Market evening.  If you want…

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Send me your WNY gardening events!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I just got an email from a reader wondering why there aren’t many events from her county on my Events page. It’s because if I don’t know about the event, I can’t post it. And if you don’t tell me about your gardening event, I won’t know about it. Please send me your gardening events! I post events for free for nonprofit organizations. You can e-mail the information to me at I publish the magazine…

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See quirky, innovative farms on Urban Farm Day

by Connie Oswald Stofko Cheryl Harris of Buffalo was surprised when she was asked to share her large backyard on Urban Farm Day. She doesn’t view it as a farm, even though it’s a large space that grows plants in the city. But what else describes an urban farm in Western New York? Like our gardening, our urban farms are innovative, unusual and quirky. One lets you pick your own worms. Another grows microgreens inside. Still another supplies a pay-as-you-can…

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