waterfall in Hamburg NY garden

Despite Snowvember storm, garden is ready for Buzz Around Hamburg

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can see a huge decorative ruler topped with a snowflake, which, in the winter, marks how much snow is on the ground in the backyard of Linda Washut and Kathleen Kelkenberg, 175 Highland Ave., Hamburg. It measures all the way up to four feet. “We got it at a garage sale,” Washut said. “We thought it was hilarious.” But during the Snowvember Storm of 2014 the ruler was buried. “We got seven feet of snow,”…

aviary and street clock in garden in Amherst NY

Help this reader: How should she prepare her garden for her first garden walk?

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question I received from a reader: Hi Connie, thanks for your newsletter, it’s always so informative! I have entered the Amherst Garden Walk this year. As a part-time transplant Buffalonian, I am unsure of what will be blooming on July 11, the day of the walk. I like a good challenge, however I’m thinking I bit off too much? Are there tips, a web site to guide, anything to assist the process of  coaxing…

Jerry Powarski in his garden in West Seneca

Get tips on going big from this West Seneca garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Go big. That’s the lesson I took away from the gardens of Jerry Powarski of George Dr., West Seneca. Powarski gave me a sneak peek last week as a preview of the West Seneca Tour of Gardens, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. The garden walk season kicks off this weekend with the 10th annual Lewiston GardenFest, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5…

Lewiston GardenFest

Tip: Plant Egyptian walking onions & mark your calendar for Lewiston GardenFest

by Connie Oswald Stofko Carol Ann Harlos will give a talk on herbs at the 10th annual Lewiston GardenFest, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, on Center Street in Lewiston. I asked her to share one tip as a preview. “Plant Egyptian walking onions,” Harlos said without hesitation. Why? “Because they walk through your garden!” she said. The plants get bulbils or bulblets at the top of the stem, the…

airy garden workshop June 2015 from Mischler's in Williamsville

Fairy garden workshops set for June 20, 21 at Mischler’s; contest set during garden walk

Make your own fairy garden in a workshop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. You can choose from morning and afternoon sessions. The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 at Mischler’s. The cost is $25 per person per class. You could make a fairy garden like the one pictured here; the arbor that the fairy is standing under is extra….

gobike tour with Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara

Tour Buffalo gardens by bike on June 20

You can tour some of Buffalo’s most beautiful gardens on the GObike City Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20 as part of Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara (formerly National Garden Festival). This will be a fun and relaxed seven-mile tour of some of Buffalo’s most beautiful gardens in and around Allentown. It includes a box lunch. The cost is $30 for the public or $25 for GObike Buffalo members. There is a limit of 30 people,…

cactus in bathtub in Tonawanda NY

Register your garden for Ken-Ton Garden Tour; deadline is June 5

The Ken-Ton Garden Tour is now accepting applications for the 2015 tour. Residents in the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore can register their gardens. You can register online. You can also download an application to be printed and mailed via US mail. Paper applications are also available in the Tonawanda Town Supervisor’s Office, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. All applications—whether online or by mail—must be received no later than Friday, June 5. Late entries will not be accepted. Gardeners…

looking into small yard in Buffalo NY

Share your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo; deadline is May 15

If you want to share your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo, apply soon– the deadline is May 15. You can apply online or download an application and mail it in. Garden Walk Buffalo takes place on the West Side of Buffalo. Your garden must be within the boundaries of the walk: the Niagara River to Main Street and Canalside to the Scajaquada Expressway. Anyone within those boundaries can show their garden. There is no judging of gardens; Garden Walk Buffalo isn’t a contest. Gardens range…

hellstrip with flowers in Buffalo NY view from sidewalk

Tips for planting an unused space: the ‘hellstrip’ between street & sidewalk

by Connie Oswald Stofko People call it the “hellstrip.” It’s that section between the sidewalk and street where people generally grow nothing but grass. It’s where the plows deposit the heavy, salty snow from the street. Garbage cans get tossed there. Dogs do their business there. What in the world could you grow there? Flowers and herbs. That’s what Elaine Clutterbuck of Buffalo grows in the three-season garden she has established in her hellstrip. This past summer her garden was…

Lewiston GardenFest poster 2015

Lewiston GardenFest accepting applications for garden walk, vendors

The Lewiston GardenFest, presented by the Lewiston Garden Club, is accepting applications from Lewiston residents interested in showcasing their gardens as well as from vendors who want to exhibit. The deadline is May 1. The event, which is celebrating its tenth year, will be held  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 along Center Street in the Village of Lewiston. Lewiston residents can showcase their gardens during the garden walk or open gardens portion of the weekend. You…