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Horticulture scholarship available to student in Erie, Niagara County

The Amherst Garden Club offers a $1,500 scholarship to a student in Erie or Niagara County planning to study horticulture, urban design or related fields. The application deadline is May 1. For more information and an application form, please contact Sandra Witman at inventiongirl1@roadrunner.com….

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Deadline is Feb. 28 to apply for Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants

Applications are now available for Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants, named for Garden Walk Buffalo’s founder. Completed applications are due Feb. 28. The initiative has funded more than 100 garden beautification projects across the West Side of Buffalo totaling more than $100,000 since 2005. Find eligibility requirements and applications online or call 716-247-5004 and they will mail you an application. One objective of Garden Walk Buffalo is to give back to the community by supplying funds to block clubs and neighborhood…

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Let me know what you think of our new look!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m been working on a makeover of the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com website, and I’m happy to unveil it in the first issue for 2018. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be pointing out some of the helpful features of the site. But you don’t have to wait for me— feel free to explore on your own. I’d love to get your feedback. You can leave a comment below or email me at Connie@BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com. See the image below to…

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Variety of new trees replace infected ash trees through Leaf a Legacy project

by Connie Oswald Stofko The City of Buffalo used to have stately elms lining block after block– until Dutch elm disease wiped them out. Many of the elms were replaced by ash trees, but now the Emerald Ash Borer has taken its toll on the ash tree. The good news is that 64 of the ash trees on a section of Delaware Avenue were recently replaced through a Leaf a Legacy project, and the groups involved made sure that the…

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WNY Land Conservancy needs help to begin walking trail in Town of Aurora

The Western New York Land Conservancy needs help from the community to complete a walking trail system so the public can access their newest preserve, the Owens Falls Sanctuary. The Owens Falls Sanctuary, which includes two beautiful waterfalls, a deep ravine and acres of mature forest, is located in the Town of Aurora between Center Street and Hubbard Road near Major’s Park. The area wasn’t accessible before, but now that the Land Conservancy has acquired the property, it wants to open…

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Scholarships available for students in garden communications

College and technical school students interested in a career in garden writing, photography or blogging can apply for a scholarship from the GWA Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable partner of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,000 per student and include a complimentary full-year membership to GWA. Scholarships will be awarded directly to the institutions on behalf of students. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 15. Apply online. Students must be enrolled in either of…

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Share your extra plants in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Doesn’t it break your heart to throw a wonderful plant on the compost pile just because you don’t have room for it in your garden? MAP (Massachusetts Avenue Project) wants your extra plants, and I bet there are other organizations across Western New York that would love healthy plants, too. MAP wants to create a beautiful fence line at their new farmhouse. They’re looking for perennial flowers, herbs and fruit plants. All donated plants must be…

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Special postal cancellation observes anniversary of Alden Garden Club

by Connie Oswald Stofko A postal cancellation has been created to mark the 25th anniversary of the Alden Garden Club, and a short presentation with members of the club will be held at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Alden Post Office, 13127 Broadway St., Alden. The pictorial cancellation was designed by club members Janet Hastreiter and Sue Galbraith. Special cancellations like this one are prized by collectors. “Alden will receive letters from all over the country,” said Michele…

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Don’t look now– a solar eclipse is coming to your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko We will experience only a partial solar eclipse here in Western New York, but it should still be impressive. “If it’s a nice sunny day, you’ll definitely notice it,” said Gene Timothy of the Buffalo Astronomical Association. He is co-director of their observatory at Beaver Meadows in North Java. The eclipse will occur here on Monday, Aug. 21. It will happen gradually over a period of 2 hours and 39 minutes. The moon will begin to…

Good news: Invasive water chestnut almost eradicated at Jamestown Audubon— you can help

When it comes to invasive species, it’s great to hear some good news for a change. The Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is nearing the finish line in eradicating the European water chestnut that first appeared in 2013. It took hundreds of volunteers over five summers to get to this point, with a major pull by volunteers on June 24. Soon after that, staff from Western New York PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) dressed in waders and moved…