Botanical Gardens aims for Jan. 14 opening of rehabbed houses

by Connie Oswald Stofko An Asian theme and new features are in store when Houses 2 and 3 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens finally reopen after extensive renovations. The goal is to have the buildings open to the public on Jan. 14, said David J. Swarts, president and CEO of the...
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December 13, 2016
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What to do about mealy bugs on houseplants, plus more tips

Mealybugs can be a problem for your houseplants during winter. Find out what to do about this pest in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Mealybugs are tiny, but they’re a problem because they suck fluid from plant, weakening the plant...
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December 13, 2016
lily centerpiece for Christmas at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Homegrown lilies are part of Christmas centerpiece

Whether you’re looking for a decoration for your home or a gift for a friend, think of fresh flowers. The centerpiece pictured uses oriental lilies grown in the greenhouses at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Even the pine cones are sourced locally. Other flower and plant suggestions include miniature gardens,...
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December 13, 2016
treetops and cloud in Hamburg NY

Be careful where you get your science news

by Connie Oswald Stofko As a gardener, you should be aware of climate change. You should also know that there is a lot of misinformation out there on climate change, so be careful. A lot of folks get their news through Facebook or other social media, but their friends may share posts without investigating...
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December 13, 2016

Varieties of poinsettias range from darling to dramatic

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve seen?” said Teresa Buchanan, general manager at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. We were looking at two new varieties of poinsettia: mini pink ‘Princettia’ and mini white ‘Princettia’.  Even the name ‘Princettia’ is darling– a blend of princess and poinsettia. The mini ‘Princettias’...
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December 6, 2016
poster for Garden Walk Buffalo 2016

Call for artwork for Garden Walk Buffalo; deadline is Jan. 31

Your original artwork could be used to promote Garden Walk Buffalo in 2017. The deadline to submit your artwork is Tuesday, Jan. 31. You may enter any form of a painting in any medium, a photograph, a drawing, an illustration or a mixed media work. Your submission is limited to five entries. Keep your...
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December 6, 2016
winners of 2016 landscape awards from PLANT WNY

PLANT WNY presents landscape awards

PLANT WNY, the association for green businesses in Western New York, presented its 2016 Landscape Awards at its Harvest Dinner in November. The winners are: Best of Show: T. O’Donnell Landscaping for the Brunner Residence Large Residential: Jacrist Gardening Services, Inc. for the Albrecht Residence Large Hardscape: Scott’s Lawn & Landscape Services for the Potter Residence...
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December 6, 2016
path covered in mulch

Another idea for using autumn leaves: make a path

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was very fortunate to be able to go outside yesterday afternoon and work with my leaves– and I have lots of them. My wonderful neighbor raked her leaves into my driveway so that I could crunch them up with my lawnmower. Another friend cleaned up her mother’s yard and...
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November 29, 2016
Christmas mini garden

Open sessions set for holiday decorating projects at Mischler’s

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will hold an open session for you to do a couple of holiday decorating projects– decorate a wreath or decorate a miniature garden. It isn’t a class where you have to arrive at a certain time. You can do the projects anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec....
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November 29, 2016
blue sky in dry weather in Amherst NY

Webinar to explain how to apply for Community Impact Grants

A webinar to explain how to apply for Community Impact Grants to  mitigate environmental and public health threats in low-income and minority communities will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice. Not-for-profit community-based organizations are eligible to apply. Register for the webinar here. Previous...
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November 29, 2016