prize from Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market in Buffalo NY

Tell your gardening friends about our spectacular prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko This may be hard to believe: There are gardeners in Western New York who haven’t heard of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com! They don’t know what they’re missing– gardening tips, full-color photos, the up-to-date list of gardening events– and it’s all local! And they don’t know about our wonderful prize drawing with a prize package worth nearly $500! Can you help me spread the word? After all, there will be three winners in our drawing. It could be you and two…

Mischler's prize basket in Williamsville NY

Our prize drawing is back & bigger than ever!

by Connie Oswald Stofko What’s as exciting as the first flower in spring? The annual prize drawing of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com! And this year the prize package is bigger & better than ever– valued at nearly $500! There will be three winners, and each winner will receive the entire prize package! To enter, just subscribe to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! I appreciate my current readers! Have you already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing!…

Mark Mortenson at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Mortenson chosen as new head of Botanical Gardens

Mark Mortenson will take over as the new president and CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in March when David Swarts retires from the role after 12 years. Mortenson led the transformation efforts at the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve. Most recently he played a dual role as president and CEO of the Richardson Center Corporation and executive director of the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo. He also held leadership positions at The Arc Erie…

graphic of four leaves in four seasons

Get your garden club meetings & more on our Events page

by Connie Oswald Stofko Does your nonprofit group have meetings or other events that are open to the public? Reach the gardening community through the Events page on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. It’s free for nonprofit groups. Here’s what you need to know I publish on Tuesdays. Your event must be listed for the issue of the Tuesday before your event (or sooner). That means I need your information on the Friday before that issue (or sooner). The information you send should include…

pink celery at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Eco Garden at Botanical Gardens helps folks in ‘food desert’

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens donated 692 pounds of fresh, organic produce to Gerard Place‘s Community Kitchen, noting that the need was three times greater this year because of the pandemic. The food was grown at the Botanical Gardens in the Eco Garden, a 100-percent community-funded organic garden. The Eco Garden was established in 2019 with funding and support from the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, PLANT WNY, the Western New York Foundation and private donors. Gerard Place provides housing for homeless, single parents…

gardening project by Historic Jefferson Block Club in Buffalo

Beautification grants available for gardening projects in Buffalo

Beautification grants for gardening projects in the City of Buffalo are available through Gardens Buffalo Niagara. This year, previously separate funding programs have been merged into one: the Marvin Lunenfeld Grants (previously the Lunenfeld and Vibrant Buffalo grants). Awards of  up to $1,000 will be based on the overall project cost and matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.  Projects can include community gardens, street-side planters, historical garden restoration, annuals for baskets—pretty much any garden-related project. Grant…

Arbor Day poster

Two contests seek artwork for Arbor Day posters; deadlines in December

An Arbor Day poster contest for student art now includes fourth- as well as fifth-grade students, and a separate state Arbor Day Poster contest is open to anyone. Both contests are coordinated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Contest for 4th & 5th graders The deadline for the 4th and 5th Grade Arbor Day Artwork Contest is Dec. 10. The theme is “Healthy Trees, Healthy People!” See details here. Lesson plans and resources for teachers are…

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens side view

Swarts to retire; Botanical Gardens begins search for new CEO

After eleven years as the president/CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months. “Through his leadership, the Botanical Gardens experienced a period of tremendous growth that enabled us to embark on an exciting Master Plan that will ensure the Botanical Gardens will flourish for generations to come,” said Miche Needham, chair of the Board of Directors. The board has formed a search committee to conduct a…

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens entrance in summer

Botanical Gardens is hiring for 2 spots

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is hiring for two positions. If you want to work at the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens– or know someone who does– check out the summaries of the positions below. See details on both positions here. Visitor Services Associate (Part Time, Seasonal)  Welcome visitors from all over the world. Work with a dynamic team to make a friendly and lasting impression on all the visitors and learn a lot about plants. Visitor Service Associates also work in the…

aerial photo of Skaneateles

Staycation Raffle from Botanical Gardens nears end; enter now!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its Staycation Raffle with three great prizes. Entries will be accepted until Sept. 1 or until 1,000 enties are sold. This raffle sells out every year, so be sure to make your donation ASAP! Every $20 donation to the Botanical Gardens will be entered for a chance to win at all three of the prizes. Enter as many times as you like. Only 1,000 entries will be taken. The prizes are: Grand Prize: Three-night stay…