swallowtail butterfly on dianthus

My gardening resolutions for 2020—what are yours?

by Connie Oswald Stofko We’re coming up to the end of the year, a time when we look back at the previous year and make plans for the future. What will you do differently in your garden next year? Here are my gardening resolutions for 2020. Please share yours by leaving a comment below. When I buy plants, I will get them in the ground quickly. To me, “as soon as possible” often means “when I get around to it.”…

yellow hosta and other hostas in garden bed

Last issue of the year, but you can look at past articles & upcoming events

by Connie Oswald Stofko This is my last issue of 2019, but I’ll be back next year with more great gardening tips for Western New York! In the meantime, you can plan for next gardening season by reviewing articles from past years. Use the “Popular Topics” box to get inspiration from gardens on past garden walks, learn how to deal with pests or explore other past articles. If you’re viewing this on our website, you will see the “Popular Topics”…

spiderwort in Buffalo NY

Don’t let names fool you: You may want ‘weeds’ & ‘worts’ in your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko A weed is any plant you don’t want in your garden. So who would want a plant with “weed” already in its name? And “wort” sounds like “wart,” those unappealing skin blemishes. Yuck! “Wort” is often coupled with the name of some body part —such as in “lungwort.” Double yuck! Don’t be turned off by those names. “Weed” comes from an Old English word for herb. The archaic meaning of “wort”, which has lingered in some…


Measure a tree or take a photograph of clouds for NASA

You can contribute important scientific data to NASA and help scientists studying Earth and the global environment. While NASA can use tools such as satellites, citizen scientists like you can add data that they don’t have. Use the GLOBE Observer App. It currently includes four main tools: Clouds, Trees, Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover. Clouds By photographing clouds, recording sky observations and comparing them with NASA satellite data, you can help scientists gain a new perspective on clouds that satellites…

corn growing in field in Western New York

Farm to School program is win-win for local farmers, students

Local farmers have a longer selling season for their products, and schoolchildren get fresh fruits and vegetables. This win-win relationship is made possible by New York Farm to School initiatives. “We wouldn’t be able to make this work without Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension,” said Dave Walczak, operations manager of Eden Valley Growers, a farm cooperative founded in 1956. Students get education about healthy eating, too. Get more details here….

proposed butterfly conservatory at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens plans to start work in fall on butterfly conservatory & more

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens expects to start construction in fall 2020 on an exciting expansion project that includes: Butterfly conservatory State‐of‐the‐art classrooms New grow houses Expanded exhibit and event spaces Café New, more convenient visitor entrance Larger gift shop Completion is expected in the fall of 2022. It’s going to be cool! If you enjoy the Botanical Gardens now, you’ll love the new changes. Butterfly conservatory The butterfly conservatory, where you can walk…

hand with flower

Master Gardener training in Jamestown open to residents of 3 counties

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is looking for new volunteers to enroll in the Master Gardener Core Training this spring at Jamestown Community College. Enrollment is open to residents of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-9502 or email Emily Reynolds at eck47@cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension makes agriculture and horticulture knowledge work in pursuit of economic viability, ecological sustainability and social well-being for a rapidly changing world….

posters from Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo seeks artwork for 2020 poster

Garden Walk Buffalo, America’s largest garden tour, is looking for submissions of original artwork to promote the 2020 event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 25 & 26, 2020. Entries are due Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. This is an opportunity to share your artwork with hundreds of local gardeners and tens of thousands of visitors from around the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Submission guidelines: You may enter any form of painting (any medium, any style — traditional to contemporary), drawings, photography, illustrations, sculpture or…

butterfly on daisies

What are you thankful for as a gardener?

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here in Western New York, we gardeners have a lot to be thankful for. Here’s my list, and I hope you’ll share your own thoughts in a comment below. I’m thankful that we got plenty of rain this season. I rarely had to water. Gardeners I talked to were thrilled that their perennials were so big and healthy! There are so many garden walks and Open Gardens during the summer in Western New York that no…

snowball hydrangea

4 ideas for hostess gifts and holiday gifts for gardeners

by Connie Oswald Stofko Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and from there we rush headlong into any number of holiday celebrations. Here are four ideas for thoughtful gifts to give gardeners and non-gardeners alike. ‘Snowball’ hydrangea We’re starting off with the ‘Snowball’ hydrangea because it can serve as a festive accent in your home from Thanksgiving through all the winter holidays. This potted plant will last probably a couple months, according to Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville….

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