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Recharge houseplants outdoors while they fill in your landscape

by Connie Oswald Stofko Several weeks ago, the folks at one garden center suggested I do an article about houseplants–in summer! That’s an odd topic for this time of year, I thought to myself. Then another garden center suggested the same thing. When a third garden center brought up houseplants, I knew I had to find out more. Here are some reasons to pay attention to houseplants in summer: Healthier houseplants Your houseplants will grow better outside because they can…

mock orange at Graycliff in Derby NY

Graycliff in bloom: fragrance & color with (kind of) native plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko Choosing native plants for our gardens seems like a recent trend, but native plants were used in landscaping about a hundred years ago. Ellen Biddle Shipman, the pioneering landscape architect who worked on the gardens at historic Graycliff from 1929 to 1931, chose native plants for the picking garden. The plants she used were native somewhere in North or South America, but not necessarily native to Western New York. For example, she chose lantana, which is native…

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Hairy bittercress & more in WNY Gardening Matters

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a weed you may see at this time of year, said Carol Ann Harlos in WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. This plant and other ephemeral spring weeds pop up when the earth warms, quickly bloom and produce seeds. When the seeds are ripe, they shoot out and wait until autumn to germinate and grow. Depending on the conditions, several generations of plants can occur before…

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It’s Pollinator Week! Get tips on how to make your yard inviting

by Connie Oswald Stofko Pollinator Week is all about spreading awareness of the butterflies, bats, birds and bees that are essential to plant reproduction. Find out how you can help protect pollinators. Pollinator video Provide a place for pollinators by making your backyard a better habitat for plants, insects and birds. Watch the video Green Your Backyard from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). It gives great tips you can use whether you have a large suburban…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale 2019 by Stofko

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale this weekend; plant groups are back

The plant societies will be back this year at the Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Take your questions to the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Learn more about popular plants from the Western New York Rose Society, Buffalo Area Daylily Society and Western NY Hosta Society. Find out how you can help butterflies…

Dining at Dusk poster for Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Dining at Dusk returns with new themes at Botanical Gardens

Dining at Dusk is returning to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with new artists, new menus and new themes from summer to fall. There will be dinner, drinks, live music, desserts and raffles on the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Dining at Dusk makes for a great date night or a relaxing evening to bond with friends and family. It’s also part of the celebration of Erie County’s 200th Anniversary and an opportunity…

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Why didn’t I think of that?–tips from WNY gardeners

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s wonderful to enjoy the beauty of the hundreds of gardens that we get to visit here in Western New York. It’s even better when we get an idea that we can use in our own garden! Here are five simple tips to make your garden extra special. In the photo above, you see lots of flowers in bloom. But what don’t you see? Garbage cans! Two simple doors hide what could be an ugly distraction….

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‘Cultural Roots of the Americas’ will be theme of demonstrations in Jamestown

A series of presentations will be held on “Cultural Roots of the Americas” by Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County. The presentations will feature vegetables with connections to cultures from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and indigenous people of New York State. The sessions cover a variety of gardening topics and involve direct how-to methods. Questions are encouraged. The sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17 in…

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WNY Rose Society to hold show

The WNY Rose Society will hold its annual Rose Show from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Galleria Mall, One Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. The show will be in the concourse next to the old Sears. Sometimes we get busy working in our gardens, but take time to–literally–smell the roses. Find more information from the WNY Rose Society about roses in this previous article….

bee themed container garden at Lewiston GardenFest in Lewiston NY

Tips for spectacular container plantings; win prizes in Lewiston

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you want to show off your splendid container planting? Plant it up now so it’s ready for the contest at the Lewiston GardenFest on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the gardenfest,” said Judy Talarico, chairperson of the Lewiston GardenFest. “There’s so much interaction with the community.” There isn’t any limit on the size of the entries. “Some containers take two or three people to carry in,”…

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