tiny gardens from Williamsville Garden Walk

You can enter Tiny Garden Contest in Williamsville; learn basics this weekend

  You can enter your own container garden in the Tiny Garden Contest, which will be held as part of the Williamsville Garden Walk on Saturday, July 21. You don’t have to live in Williamsville to enter. There will be a category for children 12 and under as well as a category for adults. The contest is still a month away, and if you’re not sure how to construct a container garden, you can learn the basics in a free…

hose slowly watering plant

Rainfall has been below normal in WNY, so keep watering

  by Connie Oswald Stofko In the past few weeks, I’ve seen clouds, heard thunder and even felt a few drops of rain in my Amherst garden. (I think I counted a total of 13 drops.) It’s not unusual to have a dry spell like this, but you need to remember to keep watering your garden. At the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, they measured just .11 inch of rain since May 23, said meteorologist David Thomas. (I didn’t…

See inside Morty!

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Morty isn’t acting the way it did the last time it bloomed.  The corpse flower or Amorphophallus titanum, which gives off the smell of rotting flesh to attract pollinators, revved up its smell, but didn’t unfurl the way it did in 2014. It’s shorter this time, too– about 4 1/2 feet tall, not the huge 7 1/2 feet he attained last time. Yet the fact that Morty bloomed again so soon is pretty exciting– These plants may…

garden bench in Lewiston NY

12 things to do at the Lewiston GardenFest this weekend

  The 13th annual Lewiston GardenFest presented by Lewiston Garden Club will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 16  and 17 along Center Street in Lewiston. Here are a dozen things you can do at the event: 1.    Browse the nearly 80 vendors. Get ideas and merchandise to beautify your own outdoor space from the vendors lining Center Street. They offer flowers, plants, handcrafted art, garden décor and more. 2.    Stroll some of Lewiston’s best private gardens. Throughout the…

video showing water features in Tonawanda

Waterfalls & Butterflies: video of a garden on Ken-Ton Garden Tour

by Connie Oswald Stofko Today you can see a short video that gives you a glimpse of the beautiful pond and gardens of Ron and Sandy Baty. If you are inspired by what you see and want to install a pond in your yard, Ron suggests joining the Niagara Frontier Koi and Pond Club. The members are happy to share their knowledge. The Batys shared their landscape on both the daytime and nighttime portions of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour last year….

coupon for Zittel's in Hamburg NY

Explore Zittel’s & get $5 off a purchase of $50 or more

  You can get locally grown flower plants and vegetable plants, but there’s so much more at Zittel’s Country Market, 4415 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Explore all that Zittel’s Country Market offers, and use the coupon above for $5 off any purchase of $50 or more. Print the coupon out and take it with you, or you can just show this page with the coupon on your phone to the staff when you check out. In addition to locally grown flowers and vegetable plants, Zittel’s has…

Hosta Liberty

You might turn into a hosta fan at Hosta Experience

  by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re not familiar with hostas, you may wonder why this plant has an entire plant society devoted to it. You may just become a fan after attending the Hosta Experience to be held by the Western New York Hosta Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. You’ll see it listed as the Hosta Show, which is was it was…

monarch on milkweed

Butterfly gardens need more than nectar

  by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want to attract adult butterflies to your garden, you can choose plants that provide nectar. But if you really want to help butterflies, provide plants that they need in other parts of their life cycle, too. That’s the suggestion of Douglas W. Tallamy, famed author of Bringing Nature Home, who spoke in Western New York in March. Butterflies don’t lay their eggs on any old plant, Tallamy said in Bringing Nature Home. They lay their eggs…

maple seeds on tree with few leaves

Are you getting a bumper crop of maple seeds?

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Maple trees in my neighborhood are heavy with seeds, and some trees have few leaves. “These things happen in cycles,” said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. No one knows why it happens; it may follow a period of stress for the tree, he said. But since no one knows what conditions produce a bumper crop of seeds, there’s no way to predict when it will happen. What gardeners may…

Morty the corpse flower

Morty the corpse flower may bloom again within 6 weeks

We thought we might have to wait until 2024, but Morty the corpse flower, which bloomed in 2014 with the smell of rotting flesh, is ready to bloom again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The corpse flower blooms just once every six to ten years. “It is hard to predict when the plant may be in full bloom, but our best estimate of bloom time would be within six weeks,” said Dave Swarts, president/CEO. Morty can grow about two…

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