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We’re proud to sponsor new exhibit: Nature’s Kaleidoscope

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Nature’s Kaleidoscope is a new exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens that aims to give you a new way to look at nature– through shapes and patterns, said Kristin Pochopin, director of Horticulture at the Botanical Gardens. Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York, is proud to be the sponsor of this summer event. Start off your visit by looking through a giant kaleidoscope located in the main dome. Then look for…

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Mischler’s introduces bonsai plants & supplies; see them at Plantasia

  by Connie Oswald Stofko You can now get mature bonsai, bonsai starter kits and bonsai supplies at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. As we learned a few years ago, bonsai (pronounced bone-SIGH) is created by pruning and training a tree over a period of years to keep it small while giving it the form and shape of a mature tree. If you’re a beginner, you may enjoy the starter kits. If you’re already in the process…

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Create a wall of hydrangeas for a wedding or other special occasion

by Connie Oswald Stofko How would you like a wall of hydrangeas? This display intrigued me at the annual conference of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators held right here in Buffalo from Friday to yesterday. At the trade show, this wall of blooms was used by Bailey Nurseries, a grower, to show off its brand of reblooming hydrangeas called Endless Summer hydrangeas. You could create a blooming wall like this for a special occasion. The hydrangea plants are in…

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Don’t miss the flower show at Plantasia– mark your calendar

by Connie Oswald Stofko Plantasia, the premier garden and landscape show for Western New York is coming up soon at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, with vendors and talks and great gardens right inside the building, as well as activities for kids. But you should also make a point to walk from the Events Center, which is the main building, to the Artisan Hall to make sure you see the flower show held every year by the Eighth…

lily centerpiece for Christmas at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Homegrown lilies are part of Christmas centerpiece

Whether you’re looking for a decoration for your home or a gift for a friend, think of fresh flowers. The centerpiece pictured uses oriental lilies grown in the greenhouses at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Even the pine cones are sourced locally. Other flower and plant suggestions include miniature gardens, snowball hydrangeas, and poinsettias. You can order online or call Mischler’s at 632-1290. Save…

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Let’s talk about sympathy flowers

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s not a comfortable topic: Ordering flowers when someone you know has died. But Maggie Wittmer, floral designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, gives us some guidelines in this video that may relieve your anxiety. If a close family member has died, the flowers you choose will depend on the kind of services that will be held, she explains. Flowers for services where a casket will be on display differ from those at a memorial or…

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You can take horticulture classes at discount price at NCCC

You can take college horticulture classes without being a full-time student or earning a degree, and the tuition is less. Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is opening a limited number of seats in horticulture classes through its community education department. “We were constantly getting requests from folks who want to be able to take our classes, but don’t want to earn a degree,” said Carolyn A. Stanko, an NCCC assistant professor who coordinates the college’s horticulture program. She is also a…

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Get inspired by creative designs in flower show at Plantasia

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m always astounded by the creativity that I see at flower shows. Not only do the garden club members have to evoke the given theme, they have to do it while abiding by strict guidelines. The results are consistently amazing. You can be amazed when you visit the flower show that will be held at Plantasia by the Judges Council of Eighth District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, the local group of garden clubs….

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A thought for Valentine’s Day: Men like flowers, too!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Have you ever sent flowers to a man? Why not? As we gardeners know, men like flowers. They plant flowers in their yards and go on garden walks and participate in garden clubs. And men like to receive flowers as a gift, just as women do, says Frank Mischler, president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. For men, choose bold, masculine colors, such as you see in the video below. Another thought…

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Video: Current trends in floral design with Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Since it’s the beginning of a new year, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the current trends in floral design. In this video, Maggie Wittmer, floral designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, leads us through the new styles. Some trends, such as smaller, compact designs in flower arrangements, have evolved for practical reasons. Some people simply don’t have a lot of room to display a huge arrangement at home or on…