patio with walkway from A Growing Business

6 tips for working with landscapers– #1: Get on list quick for spring work

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Don’t wait until April to call a landscaper if you’re hoping to have your landscape done in May,” said said Claire Brown, CNLP, president and designer at A Growing Business, 11554 Wyandale Rd., Springville. That’s her first tip on what a gardener should do when working with a landscaper. The earlier you call, the better. “It would be awesome if people called in fall before the snow gets deep,” Brown said. That way, she explained, the…

elderberry sambucus black lace

Want flowers? Think of smaller, compact shrubs

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you’re shopping for plants for your garden, don’t overlook shrubs. Many shrubs will give you lovely flowers, and there are smaller, more compact varieties of shrubs available that won’t overpower your yard, said Ray Crawley, store manager at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Drive Extension, Niagara Falls. First, let me assure you that there’s still plenty of time to plant things in your garden. There’s no rule that says you have to get all of…

Platycodon Astra Double Blue

49-cent perennial sale starts April 22 at Mischler’s; see new offerings

by Connie Oswald Stofko What are you looking for in a perennial? Something that works in shade? Is deer resistant? Attracts butterflies or humming birds? Find perennials in those categories and more at the 49-cent perennial sale to be held from Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 30 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday….

putting soil into pot

Gardening & landscape classes, plus hands-on workshops set at Lockwood’s

A new four-part series of gardening and landscape classes will be presented in April by gardening expert Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Not only will you hear great advice, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. For Cunningham’s four-part series, you can sign up for single classes at $15 each, or you can sign up for all four classes at the discounted rate of $50. Other classes and workshops are scheduled in the coming weeks at…

deer eating in winter

Change your yard to keep pests away; learn more at Jamestown Garden Fair

by Connie Oswald Stofko Physical barriers such as tall fencing may be too expensive for you, and repellents that have to be reapplied may get pricey, too, said Nancy Jager, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County. But a relatively inexpensive method of discouraging pests is by modifying their habitat. Jager will present “Deer in my Dahlias, Voles in my Turnips: Preventing Wildlife Damage in the Garden” during the GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show to be…

deer eating in Buffalo NY winter Jan 2011

Erie County Master Gardeners to hold daylong gardening seminar

A daylong seminar called Communities in Bloom  will be held twice by the Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. The cost for the seminar is $20 for the public and $10 for active Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County volunteers. The topics are:  Nuisance Wildlife Solutions  Plant Propagation  Landscape Design The same topics will be held on both days. The first option for attending will be from 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Church,…

Notes from 45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are some links to information that I mention in my talk “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes.” If you weren’t able to write fast enough, or if you want more information on a topic, you can find that information here. If you’d like to know more about something that isn’t listed here, use the search box at the top right of the page. (See image at left.) Or you can browse through our Popular Topics,…

garden courtesy Kerry Ann Mendez

A garden where you can have it all: Find out how at Erie County Master Gardener event

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you do it right, you can have pretty flowers while helping the environment–  and save time and money, too! Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer, writer, speaker and consultant, will show you how to do that in two talks during the Education Day to be held by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program. She shared some of her tips with me in a phone interview. Details on Education Day For the first…

nepeta from Proven Winners

‘Solution gardening’ encompasses several gardening trends

by Connie Oswald Stofko Gardeners aren’t looking for plants, they’re looking for solutions, Dr. Allan Armitage told the audience of professionals and Master Gardeners at PLANT WNY’s Education Day on Feb. 5 in Depew. Armitage, a perennial guru, wrote the books Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Armitage’s Garden Perennials and Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens. He also has a new app for Android and Apple devices called Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals. The advantages of the app over a book…

I can speak to your group

If you’d like an entertaining and informative gardening talk, contact me. “Oh, Deer!” is my newest talk. Find out why gardeners now have so many problems with deer and get some tips on how you can deal with these hungry critters. Disclaimer: No, there isn’t any foolproof way of stopping deer, but there are things that might help. In “45 Gardening Tips in 45 minutes,” I share some of the best tips I’ve come across while interviewing home gardeners and…