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Create buzz: Send me your WNY gardening events!

by Connie Oswald Stofko One of the things that gardeners love about is the list of so many gardening events in Western New York. If your group has an event that would interest gardeners, please let me know. I post events for free for nonprofit organizations. Email your information to me at I publish this magazine on Tuesdays. Make sure to get an event to me by the Friday preceding the Tuesday publication to announce your event. You…

David Clark received his award

David Clark receives statewide award from NYS landscape group

David Clark, known to many Western New York gardeners for his horticulture classes and presentations, was recently honored as the Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) of the Year. The statewide award was conferred by the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association (NYSNLA). Clark is also a member of PLANT WNY, the Western New York trade association for the professional landscape and nursery trades. As a horticulture professional, Clark wears many hats: educator, floral designer, writer and speaker. Currently…

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New layout for WNY gardening Events

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s not completely finished, but I am using a new app for the Events Page on The previous app wasn’t working correctly and some events weren’t showing up at all. Yikes! This new app has all the events showing up where they should be–whew! In addition, you can view the events as a one-month calendar or as a list. There are some small glitches right now: Please be patient with me as I work with…

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Pruning, composting & more in ‘The Optimistic Gardener’

Why should you prune? What do the terms “greens” and “browns” mean for composting? Those are just two of the topics in the newest edition of The Optimistic Gardener, the local horticulture newsletter for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. It is produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in those counties. Find the newsletter on the gardening page of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua (on the lefthand side) and in Cattaraugus (on the righthand side)….

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New subscribers, welcome! Loyal readers, thanks!

by Connie Oswald Stofko New subscribers: I’m so glad you found, the online gardening magazine for Western New York! Loyal readers: Thank you for spreading the word! I hope you’re enjoying all the features of ideas from other Western New York gardens, your favorite gardening topics, and the most up-to-date list of gardening events in WNY. And now that you’re subscribed, you are entered into our prize drawing worth about $450! If you know someone who hasn’t subscribed yet, tell them…

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Tell your gardening friends about our spectacular prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko What do gardeners in Western New York have in common? They share. They share their seeds. They share their plants. They share their gardening advice. And they share news about the best online gardening magazine for Western New York! Because of my wonderful readers, I now have 11,000 subscribers! That’s pretty good for a local publication! But there are still gardeners in Western New York who haven’t heard of! They don’t know what they’re missing– gardening…

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Deadline is March 15 for Lunenfeld Beautification Grants

__________ Block clubs & community groups in the City of Buffalo can request a Lunenfeld Beautification Grant from Gardens Buffalo Niagara. The deadline is March 15. Awards of up to $1,000 will be based on the overall project cost and matching funds from government, private contributions, and volunteer sweat equity.  Projects need to be public—seen from the street—and should be designed to bring neighbors together. Types of projects include: The application process is easy and assistance is available if needed….

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Horticulture scholarship offered by Master Gardeners in Erie County

A $1,000 college scholarship is being offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program volunteers. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, March 31. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors from public, private and home schools who reside in Erie County. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be accepted by a recognized, accredited college or university to study horticulture, botany or a related field. Related fields may include but are not…

Master Gardeners from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties

Jan 16 is deadline for Master Gardener training in Cattaraugus & Chautauqua

Cornell Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the next Master Gardener training class for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 16. Space is limited. Get applications here; in person at the Chautauqua County office at 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, or by calling (716) 664-9502 to have one mailed to you. Classes will take place remotely from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through May 20. There will also be a few in-person classes each…

Tom Mitchell in Buffalo Niagara New York

Mitchell receives highest honor from NYS Nursery & Landscape Association

Tom Mitchell, a member of PLANT WNY, received the Dr. George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to horticulture in the State of New York. Mitchell exemplifies that with his work in education. He is a horticulture instructor at Niagara County Community College. Before that, he was a horticulture instructor at McKinley High School. Mitchell…