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graphic for award for Re-Tree WNY from Buffalo Green Fund

Buffalo Green Fund will honor chair of Re-Tree at fundraiser

The Buffalo Green Fund will honor Paul Maurer, co-founder and chairman of Re-Tree WNY, with the first “Rooted in Western New York” award for his 17 years of dedication to the re-treeing our area. Re-Tree WNY was established on November 3, 2006 by a group of about 40 Western New York residents who saw firsthand the devastation done to the treescape by the freak October 2006 snowstorm. Led by Maurer and co-founder David Colligan, volunteers aimed to replace the approximately…

crocus 'Orange Monarch'

How to force spring bulbs so you can enjoy the flowers inside

by Connie Oswald Stofko Some people can’t wait for spring; they want to see crocuses and tulips and other spring bulb plants blooming inside their homes while it’s still winter. If you’re one of those people, find out how to force bulbs with the great information here from Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, general manager at Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market, 428 Rhode Island St., Buffalo. Now is the time to begin the process of forcing bulbs, that is, tricking the bulbs to flower…

coleus Hottie

Tips on overwintering plants in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is the time to think about overwintering plants so you can enjoy them next year. In “What plants do you overwinter in Western New York?”, you’ll find guidelines on which plants are happy outside in the winter, which plants you should bring inside and which plants might be difficult for you to overwinter. That article includes links to many other helpful articles. Here are more related topics:…

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Reminder: Keep watering your plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko Blue skies! Highs in the 80s! What more could we want in Western New York? We might be celebrating, but are your plants happy? We haven’t had much rain in the past month, plus we’ve had hot, breezy conditions. That sucks the moisture out of the soil. Make sure you are watering often enough. Concentrate your watering efforts on these plants: See the U.S. Drought Monitor here. Most of Western New York is abnormally dry, while…

girl at Children's Garden Festival in Buffalo NY

Fun grows at Children’s Garden Festival Oct. 8

by Connie Oswald Stofko At the Children’s Garden Festival, kids and families can enjoy hands-on activities while learning about planting bulbs, composting, fall produce, and how to be good environmental stewards in their own neighborhoods. It will be held rain or shine from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, near Fillmore & N. Parade, Buffalo. The Children’s Garden Festival is co-presented by the East Side Garden Walk committee of Gardens Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Activities are…

orchids at Graycliff in Derby NY

Orchid exhibition ties in with history at Graycliff; runs two weeks only

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will host a live plant exhibition inside the main house at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Rd., Derby. This exhibition ties in well with Graycliff’s history. The property was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Isabelle Martin, an avid lover of flowers. Her fondness for flowers is reflected in both the design of the main house (there is a special sink that supported her floral arranging hobby), and the design of the gardens…

street trees in autumn in Western New York by Stofko

Leaves are beginning to change color in WNY; when will we see peak color?

by Connie Oswald Stofko The leaves on the elm tree in front of my house are turning yellow and, in a week or so, will be floating from the branches, just like the leaves in the video above. If you want to enjoy the wonderful colors of autumn, keep track with the fall foliage report from the I Love NY website. The reports signal when leaf color will be just changing, at the midpoint, at near peak, at peak and…

forester and landowner looking at tree

Grants available: community forests, invasive species, large landowners

Environmental grants are available to some landowners, municipalities and groups. Deadlines are coming up quick. See the details below. Regenerate NY Grant for landowners; deadline is Oct. 6 Regenerate NY is accepting applications until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. If you own five or more acres of forestland or land suitable for establishing forest, you may be eligible for a Regenerate NY grant. This cost-share grant program aims to help private landowners promote forest regeneration on their land. Projects must…

biochar in kiln

Biochar can help your garden soil for eons—learn more at event in Eden

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Amazon basin in general has poor soil, but it has some areas with amazingly fertile soil. Those fertile soils were created thousands of years ago by people using slash-and-burn agriculture. What was left behind from the burned plant material created the soil called terra preta, or black earth. And that soil, thousands of years later, can still be farmed today. Now we’re trying to replicate those fertile soils by using biochar, a kind of charcoal…

Boxelder bug

Pesky boxelder bugs: read more in WNY Gardening Matters

Boxelder bugs are basically nuisance bugs, according to this article by Lyn Chimera in the newest edition of  WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. In autumn, boxelder bugs may go into your house to find a warm, dry place to spend the winter. Their droppings can stain walls, both inside and out. If you squish them, that can leave a staining, smelly mark. Find out more about boxelder bugs in this article….