Beginning gardeners & hosta fans can enjoy Hosta College; register by Feb. 23

Whether you are a die-hard fan of hostas or a beginning gardener, Hosta College has something for you, said Marcia Sully of Eden, president of the Great Lakes Region of the American Hosta Society. (You may have visited her landscape, the Hidden Gardens of Eden, during Open Gardens.) “The focus of Hosta College centers around hosta lovers, but our class offerings range far and wide, with classes on wildlife, butterflies, garden travel, landscaping, pruning, pond building, conifers, bulbs, iris, daylilies and botanical Latin,” Sully…

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Bad knees, no yard, little money? You can still garden!

  by Connie Oswald Stofko “I have so many friends who say, ‘I can’t garden anymore,’ said Margaret O’Brian of Huntington Ct., Hamburg. As they get older, they have bad knees or other ailments that they didn’t have to contend with when they were younger. She tells them: “You may not be able to garden like you used to, so just switch it up.” One way to do that is through container gardening. Container gardening is planting things in pots and other…

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Native wildflowers, shrubs offered in Reinstein sale; deadline Feb. 15

Friends of Reinstein Woods is holding its annual plant sale, which features wildflowers and shrubs that are native to the Northeast. Orders will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15. Orders may be placed online or by downloading a mail-in order form. “Planting native plants is one of the most beneficial acts you can do for our environment,” said Terrence Boyle, Friends of Reinstein Woods board president. “Native plants are an excellent choice for gardeners because the beauty of these flowers and shrubs enhance…

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Reserve seats for one-day gardening seminar in Buffalo, Amherst

  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will hold its one-day seminar called Communities in Bloom twice at different locations. The first seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst. Register here for Feb. 2. The same seminar will be held again from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Register here for Feb. 23. Topics will be: Landscape Design Do’s & Don’ts Garden RX, Prescription…

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It’s OK to kill plants– Hear Zampini at PLANT WNY’s Education Day

  by Connie Oswald Stofko “It’s okay to kill plants.” When I heard Maria Zampini say that, I gasped. Loudly! I know what she means, but it does take your breath away to hear it stated so bluntly. Zampini, co-author of Garden-pedia: An A-Z Guide to Gardening Terms, will speak at PLANT WNY‘s daylong Education Conference on Friday, Feb. 1. She shared tips with me in a phone conversation from her home in the Cleveland area. Zampini always tells gardeners that your garden is yours, and you don’t need…

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Why you should plant Amelanchier & more tips from Master Gardeners

Amelanchier is a native shrub that is easy to grow, gets pretty flowers, produces tasty berries and helps pollinators. As Lyn Chimera said in an article from January’s WNY Gardening Matters, what’s not to like? You can find more details here in the article on Amelanchier, also known as serviceberry, juneberry or shadbush. Also in this month’s issue are: An article discussing how some cultivars of native plants, also known as nativars, don’t support insects as well as the native plants…

Lumagination at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

‘Magic of Air’ is theme for Lumagination; kicks off Friday, Jan. 25

See how breezes add energy to a garden with “The Magic of Air,” this year’s theme for Lumagination at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The exhibit will kick off with the Lumagination Launch Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Guests will enjoy music, cocktails, wine, beer, glow surprises, a raffle and Nitro Magic ice cream. Launch Party tickets are $50. An exclusive VIP party will be held at the Launch Party…

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Gardening trend for 2019 in Western New York: native plants

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Expect to hear more about native plants in 2019. A new group called the Western New York Native Plants Collaborative wants you to use more native plants in your garden, and there are lots of reason why you’ll want to use them. The collaborative is working on an education campaign to get gardeners excited about native plants and to encourage growers and garden centers to offer more native plants. The WNY Native Plants Collaborative includes…

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Last issue for 2018; look for more gardening tips for WNY starting Jan. 22

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’ve enjoyed being able to bring you great gardening articles in 2018. We’ve shared gardening tips, learned about new pests, viewed wonderful photos and videos, discussed plant choices, and kept up to date on garden walks and other events. I’ll be taking a break, then will return Jan. 22 with more articles for you as you plan for the coming season. Until then, you can go our website to check out past articles. You can use…

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