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Rain gardens, roses & more to be topics in classes from Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host Horticulture V classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting February 20. The classes will be held on Zoom. David Clark, horticulturist & CNLP, will teach. He is wonderfully entertaining and informative. The topics are: Houseplant Care and Cultivation, February 20 Rain Gardens, February 27 All About Roses, March 6 Hostas and Hydrangeas, March 13 Vegetables and Organic Gardening, March 27 The fees are $25 per class or $150 per series for the general…

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Make your landscape more interesting with 360-degree views

  by Connie Oswald Stofko One of the things I noticed in the North Tonawanda yard of Nancy and Charles Bachman was that at every turn, the view was different. It was difficult to take just a single photo of an area because there were so many interesting angles. I visited the Bachmans’ yard on the North Tonawanda Garden Walk in 2020. The Bachmans have a large yard, but you can use ideas from their landscape even if your yard…

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Gardening classes set by Master Gardeners; anyone may attend

  While you may miss being able to gather with other gardeners for a class, an upside to online classes is that you can hear a presentation from another county without having to make a long drive. Here are some of the great gardening activities coming up soon. Don’t forget to check our Events page, too. Genesee County Genesee County Master Gardeners will hold another year of the Garden Talk series from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays. See the dates…

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Hurry! Fruit trees are going fast in Botanical Gardens sale

The Great Plant Sale held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is set up a little differently this year. Instead of publishing the list of available plants all at once, new categories of plants are being rolled out each month through March. Members of the Botanical Gardens get early access to shopping on the 14th of each month. If you want to make sure you can get popular items before they are sold out, become a member. And members get 10 percent…

Start planning your spring garden now

by Connie Oswald Stofko What’s the next best thing to working in your garden? Planning for next year’s garden! Here are some suggestions on how to make your garden even better than it was this year. What didn’t work? Think about things that went wrong in your garden this past year. For example, maybe your plants limped along because they didn’t have enough water during our hot, dry summer. Make a plan to address it next year. Here are some…

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It’s our last issue of the year; look for the next edition Jan. 19, 2021!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m taking a short break, but I’ll be back on Jan. 19 with a new edition of As usual, it will contain great garden tips, events and everything you need to know about gardening in Western New York. We gardeners are already looking forward to next spring–and the days are getting longer! And there’s more to be optimistic about. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, but two vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved….

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Select plants now for pickup in May at Botanical Gardens

You can start making your selections today in the 2021 online Great Plant Sale held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You’ll see plants in these categories online now: Perennials Shrubs Hanging Baskets and Mixed Containers Tropical Houseplants Trees Orchids But there’s more to look forward to! A new batch of plants will be added to the Botanical Gardens’ website each month from now through March. See here what the categories for future months will be. Don’t wait until the last…

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Daffodils sprouting in winter: What you should do

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got this question from a reader: I was wondering if there is anything I can do with the daffodil bulbs which are starting to sprout leaves out of the ground because of the mild weather. I am hoping that I don’t lose all of them by the time the cold and snow cover them. Michelle I checked with John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. Here’s what he said: “This can…

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Turn a problem slope into a garden asset

by Connie Oswald Stofko A slope or hill in your yard can pose a problem. What do you do with it? How you make it part of your landscape? See how these Western New York gardeners turned their trouble spots into assets….

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What plant hardiness is, plus more from Master Gardeners

When we think of plant hardiness, we think of hardiness zones. If a plant can’t withstand the cold temperatures in Western New gardens, it’s not hardy in our area. But water– too much or too little– is another factor that determines whether plants will survive here. See more in the article “Plant Hardiness” by Carol Ann Harlos in the latest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Other articles in this…

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