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Reclaim your patio, plus other garden tasks for autumn

by Connie Oswald Stofko This would have been a great weekend for raking leaves. The sun was shining, the weather was mild, and I wanted to do something outside in the yard. Unfortunately, most of the leaves in my neighborhood are still firmly adhered to the trees. This happens to me at this time...
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November 8, 2016
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Hear speakers during expanded Orchid Show at Botanical Gardens

You can hear international speakers, see orchid vendors from across the United States and view spectacular judged orchid displays in an expanded fall Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday,...
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November 8, 2016
Connie Oswald Stofko

PLANT WNY bestows honors; one goes to this magazine!

by Connie Oswald Stofko PLANT WNY, the trade association for the professional landscape and nursery trades in Western New York, has announced two awards, and one goes to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com! The awards will be presented Nov. 18 at the group’s Harvest Dinner. Chris Zeisz: 2016 Person of the Year First let me tell you about...
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November 8, 2016
Owens Falls Sanctuary in Town of Aurora NY

Land conservancy creating new nature preserve at site of two waterfalls in Aurora

The Western New York Land Conservancy is creating a new 57-acre nature preserve at the site of Jackson Falls on Hubbard Road in the Town of Aurora. The property will be named the Owens Falls Sanctuary in honor of Barbara and Don Owens who donated $200,000. It was announced at the land conservancy’s 25th...
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November 8, 2016
autumn leaves on ground in Glen Park

What to do in your garden now, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

Use the last of the season’s leaves as a natural mulch to enrich soil, conserve moisture and protect plants against changes in soil temperature. That’s just one of the tips you’ll get in the article on what you should do this month in the garden, part of this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters,...
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November 1, 2016
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Let’s talk about sympathy flowers

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s not a comfortable topic: Ordering flowers when someone you know has died. But Maggie Wittmer, floral designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, gives us some guidelines in this video that may relieve your anxiety. If a close family member has died, the flowers you choose will depend on the...
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November 1, 2016
wrwreath from Lockwood's Hamburg

Get a peek at Christmas during Lockwood’s open house Nov. 12; holiday workshops set

Get a first look at displays of Christmas gifts and ornaments during the annual Christmas open house to be held by Lockwood’s Greenhouses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Lockwood’s, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. This year they will have a Christmas tote giveaway, Thymes gift basket raffles and a free...
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November 1, 2016
floral clock photo illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

Hear 45 Gardening Tips in Hamburg

by Connie Oswald Stofko I will present “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” at the meeting of the Hamburg Garden Club at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Hamburg Village Community Center, 107 Prospect Ave., Hamburg. I will share 45 tips that I have come across while writing for Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine...
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November 1, 2016
oak leaf on pine needles

Take steps now to have great soil next year

by Connie Oswald Stofko A couple of simple tests can tell you what steps you have to take to improve your soil– or let you know that you are already on the right track. There are three kinds of tests you might do, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara...
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October 25, 2016
floral clock photo illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

Hear 45 Gardening Tips in Kenmore

“45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” will be presented by Connie Oswald Stofko, editor of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, at the meeting of the Ken-Sheriton Garden Club at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Rd., Kenmore. Stofko will share 45 tips that she has gathered while interviewing home gardeners and experts....
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October 25, 2016