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If you get seeds in the mail from China that you didn’t order, don’t plant them

If you get seeds in the mail from China or other countries that you didn’t order, don’t open the seed packet and don’t plant the seeds. Consumers in the United States, Canada, Australia and the European Union have been getting unsolicited packets of seeds from China and other countries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is investigating. At this point, it seems this is a “brushing scam,” where online sellers create fake orders to…

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens entrance with sun and clouds

Botanical Gardens is reopening; early access to members July 8

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will reopen to the public on July 15, with early access to members on Wednesday, July 8. The reopening plan is organized into three phases: Phase One: Initial, many restrictions Phase Two: Modified, some restrictions lifted Phase Three: New Normal operations. Pre-purchased e-tickets are recommended for the foreseeable future.   Phase One Phase One of opening is planned to run for four weeks. The first week, starting Wednesday, July 8, is open to members only. Members will…

brick sale at Botanical Gardens

Brick sale at Botanical Gardens can help you honor a loved one; get discount now

The outdoor Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be the location of a new “Anniversary Alley,” commemorating the 120th anniversary of the Botanical Gardens. This is an opportunity for you to have a brick placed there in honor of someone special to you. Instead of the usual price of $150 per brick, you can participate in the anniversary price of $120. The sale runs through the end of July. The bricks can be inscribed in…

pink hollyhock by Stofko

Garden clubs & organizations: Let me know when you will hold events again

by Connie Oswald Stofko I know how much you depend on our Events page, so I work hard to post events as soon as I get them. I’m so efficient that I have posted events for some groups through the end of 2020. Now I’m not sure which events are actually taking place! Please help me out. If your event already appears on our Events page If your event is already on our Events page, please email me the week…

plants at Urban Roots in Buffalo NY

Don’t panic– there will still be plants to buy after Memorial Day

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many gardeners are in the habit of buying all their plants on Memorial Day weekend. Garden centers have always been packed. Because of the pandemic, this year garden centers have to limit the number of people they can let in at one time. There won’t be crowds to deal with (yay!), but not everyone will be able to stock up this weekend. Don’t worry. There will still be plenty of plants to buy next week. “You…

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Videos, online classes and ongoing resources for WNY gardeners

Although in-person gardening classes and workshops are canceled, there are still many ways you can get gardening information for Western New York. An advantage is that you can get information from other counties without having to drive long distances. If you have a favorite resource, please share by leaving a comment below. Horticulture classes from Botanical Gardens The great series of horticulture classes taught by smart and fun David Clark for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens didn’t get…

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Amherst Garden club offers scholarship for college students in horticulture

The Amherst Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship for a college student who is a resident of Erie or Niagara County. Applicants should have completed at least one year of study by May 2020. Since the funds are intended to be used for tuition, applicants must be enrolled in an accepted program for the 2020-2021 school year. The student should be studying horticulture, landscape design, floriculture, conservation, ecology or another pertinent program. The deadline to apply is June 20….

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Latest updates on businesses

by Connie Oswald Stofko Garden centers seem to be catching up to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 situation. There aren’t as many changes this week as there have been in the last couple weeks. Here is the information I have for the businesses I work with. Things keep changing, so if you have specific questions about a business’s hours or what they have in stock, please contact them directly. You can see their contact information in our Gardening Directory….

collage of spring plants

Where to buy plants: garden centers that are open, plus updates

by Connie Oswald Stofko I know we are all excited to start planting, and there are some plants and seeds that you can work with now. But where can you buy them? I am doing my best to compile an updated list of my advertisers so you know where you can get the supplies you’re looking for. In my Gardening Directory, I have added categories for businesses that are open or opening soon as well as where you can order…

prize from Urban Roots in Buffalo

Last day to enter our drawing for a prize package worth more than $250!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tell your friends that today, Tuesday, March 24 is the last day to enter to win a gardener’s prize package worth more than $250. All they have to do to enter is to subscribe to And it’s free to subscribe! If you are already subscribed, you’re already entered. I love my loyal readers! But if you haven’t subscribed, do it today. You will automatically be entered into our prize drawing. We will choose the winners tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March…