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Spotlight on ‘Brandywise’ tomato & more from Master Gardeners

The ‘Brandywise’ tomato is said to pair the rich heirloom flavor of ‘Brandywine’ with disease resistance. Twenty Master Gardeners trialed it last year and it lived up to the hype, according to an article in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. ‘Brandywise’ was very tasty and firm, free of diseases, prolific and easy to grow. The tomatoes ranged from three to five inches in diameter. See more…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale

Garden Art Sale is coming back; sign up as vendor by April 15

___ The Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale will be back in 2021 after a COVID year off! The deadline to sign up as a vendor is Thursday, April 15. For fees, rules and regulations, visit This popular summer craft sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27 on the grounds of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. There will be live music, food trucks, plant society booths and a basket raffle. Info for vendors The items for sale…

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Only one week left to enter our prize drawing; tell your friends!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Hurry to enter our spectacular prize drawing! The deadline is a week from today, March 23. To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Have you already subscribed? Then you are already entered. I appreciate my current readers! If you are one of the three lucky winners, here’s what you’ll get: There will be three winners and each winner will receive all of the prizes: all those gift certificates, the houseplant…

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Mark your calendar for Foliage Friday & Succulent Saturday at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Get bargains on houseplants and succulents during Foliage Friday and Succulent Saturday, March 19 and 20 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sale prices will be in effect both days for both houseplants and succulents. Shop early for the best selection. The entire collection of more than 100 varieties of succulents will be on sale. Succulents in…

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See ‘Mini Pennies’ in Great Plant Sale; final release is Monday, March 15

‘Mini Pennies’ are the cutest perennials you’ll ever see, according to the horticulture staff at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. These baby perennials come in small, four-inch pots and were grown from seed this year by the dedicated horticulture team. Though they may look mini when you pick them up, with a little time and patience, these babies will flourish and fill your garden for many years to come.  ‘Mini Pennies’ make up the newest category in the…

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As exciting as spring: warm weather & a prize drawing for gardeners!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Warm weather and sunshine today! Tomorrow should be even warmer! And is holding its prize drawing! Could Western New York gardeners stand any more excitement? To enter the prize drawing, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! You already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing! If you already get the Tuesday emails with the newest articles, you don’t have to subscribe again. You are already entered! I…

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Tomatoes & daffodils: when you can’t wait for spring

by Connie Oswald Stofko It seemed like we had winter and summer at the same time last week. There was plenty of snow at our house to make a snowman, and my husband participated while wearing shorts! In spite of that, it’s not spring yet– not even on the calendar! But here are a couple of topics for this time of the year when we can’t wait for spring. A trick to plant (some) seeds outside now Last week we…

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Tell your friends about our stupendous prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’ve been reading, you already know about the gardening tips, full-color photos, videos and up-to-date list of gardening events. But there are actually gardeners in Western New York who haven’t heard of! And they don’t know about our wonderful prize drawing with a prize package worth more than $250! Can you help me spread the word? After all, there will be three winners in our drawing. It could be you and two of your…

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Design, all-season gardens to be discussed at Education Day March 13

Two great speakers will be featured at Master Gardener Education Day, which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13 by the Master Gardeners in Erie County. Rick Darke, the photographer and co-author with Doug Tallamy of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, will present “Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes.”  Paul Zammit, a professor at Niagara College in Ontario and past director of horticulture at the Toronto…

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Our great prize drawing is back–subscribe for a chance to win!

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s time again for our great prize drawing! To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Have you already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing! I appreciate the support of my current readers! Three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. Each will win a prize package worth more than $250! The deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 23. If you are one…

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