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Asian longhorned beetle in pool

Pool owners & others: look for invasive beetle in WNY

The bad news is that the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) was found in six areas in the New York City region beginning in 1996. The good news is that it was eradicated in four of those areas! The ALB hasn’t been identified in Western New York yet. But if it arrives here, we want to find it early so we can eradicate it before it damages trees. This invasive beetle attacks and kills maples, birches, willows and other hardwoods,…

snow peas in November in Amherst New York

Plant now in WNY: cool weather veggies

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s a whole group of herbs and vegetables that you can grow now–from seed! These herbs and vegetables may take a month or two–even three months– to reach maturity. By then the weather will be cool, cold or freezing, but these plants like it that way. If you’ve never tried planting a crop of vegetables that you harvest in autumn or winter, try it this year. There are so many cool weather herbs and vegetables to…

garden on East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo NY

News at East Side Garden Walk; night lights in Ken-Ton, City of Tonawanda

With three more garden walks this weekend, there is a lot to see! The East Side Garden Walk has expanded to two days and has added a Children’s Garden Festival. The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk and the Ken-Ton Garden Walk have nighttime garden tours in addition to their daytime tours. Open Gardens continue on Thursday and Friday as well. East Side Garden Walk The East Side Garden Walk will be two days this year: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m….

Japanese stiltgrass

Help remove invasive grass in West Seneca

Volunteers are needed to help WNY PRISM remove Japanese stiltgrass, a high priority, early detection invasive species, from areas in West Seneca. Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) was recently found in parts of Western New York. It is an annual, short grass that quickly spreads to form extensive mats that harm native plants and plant communities. It can also alter soil nutrient cycling processes, facilitate erosion, inhibit tree survival and growth, and reduce habitat and forage for wildlife. The plant is simple to…

spotted lanternfly nymphs courtesy Brian Eshenaur

Watch for spotted lanternfly in WNY; one found in West Seneca

by Connie Oswald Stofko The bad news is that a spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive insect, was reported last week in West Seneca. The good news is that the specimen that was found was dead. More good news is that Western New York probably doesn’t have an established spotted lanternfly population yet. There are two things that point to that conclusion. First, the specimen that was found was an adult, and it’s too early in the year to find an…

Garden Walk Williamsville

Garden walks this weekend: Capen, East Aurora, Williamsville, Lancaster

by Connie Oswald Stofko Three garden walks will be held this weekend; see details below. Open Gardens will take place on Thursday and Friday. Check out our Events page to see all the great gardening activities happening in Western New York. Garden Walk Williamsville Garden Walk Williamsville will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. The tour is free and open to the public. Pick up maps at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main…

logo for Mrs Frances Nash's Garden-Basket

Mrs. Frances Nash’s Garden Basket seeks volunteers, sets cooking demos

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We’re really aware that Michigan Avenue (in Buffalo) is a food desert. There aren’t a lot of places to purchase healthy food,” said Audrey Clark, program manager for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. That’s why work began last December on Mrs. Frances Nash’s Garden Basket with a goal of offering free, fresh & healthy produce to residents. Now up and running, the project distributes at least 30 free community supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares, enough food…

watering cans on bench in Orchard Park NY

200 gardens to visit this week in WNY!

by Connie Oswald Stofko In other areas of the United States, there might be 15 private gardens to visit in one year. In Western New York, there are about 200 gardens to see this week alone! Open Gardens begin this Thursday and Friday, and six garden walks take place this weekend. Open Gardens Open Gardens start Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8. Like garden walks, you can visit these private gardens at certain times and days. Instead of being…

hose slowly watering plant

Reminder: Water when it rains & water when it doesn’t

by Connie Oswald Stofko I once saw a garden that was the kind I wanted to have. It was full of healthy, vibrant flowers. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the plants in that garden were the same ones I already had in my own garden. “Why doesn’t my garden look like yours?” I asked the gardener. “What are you doing that I’m not doing?” Her response: “Water when it rains; water when it doesn’t.” Think about it. You might…

Graycliff at twilight in Derby NY

Twilight open house tours set at Graycliff

See Graycliff’s gardens, grounds and the first floor of the main house at your own pace during the self-guided twilight tours from 4-8 p.m. Fridays, July 8, 15 and 22 at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd., Derby. As the sun begins to set over Lake Erie, you can linger, reflect, look closer and soak in all of the details that make Graycliff so enchanting. While this is not a docent-led tour, volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may…

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