Botanical Gardens 120th anniversary celebration

Raffle & special meals will mark Botanical Gardens’ 120th anniversary

To celebrate its 120th anniversary, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will offer a virtual basket raffle and a three-course to-go meal from Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 2-4.  Order tickets online at  BGAnniversary.givesmart.com or email events@buffalogardens.com. Call 827-1584, ext. 220 with questions. Virtual basket raffle Purchase your raffle tickets and enter to win on the items of your choice. The raffle baskets were carefully selected and put together by their committee and are just as fabulous as always. Raffle tickets are…

Arbor Day poster for 2020

Dec. 31 is deadline to enter Arbor Day poster contest

Your photo or artwork could be on the 2021 New York State Original Artwork Arbor Day Poster. The deadline to enter the competition is Dec. 31. 100,000 posters are distributed to 3,500 New York State schools, the New York State Fair and other venues. The winning artist is honored at the annual state Arbor Day celebration in Albany. Photos and artwork must feature trees within New York State and should be sent to arborday@dec.ny.gov. Participants will be limited to five submissions…

graphic of four leaves in four seasons

List your garden club meetings & more on our Events page

by Connie Oswald Stofko If your nonprofit group has meetings or other events that are open to the public, send me the details and I will share them on our Events page. If I already have your event listed, please let me know that you are still planning to hold that event, either in person or virtually. I will happily keep it posted. If I don’t hear from the group, the event gets deleted. That’s because when the pandemic hit,…

gardening tools in The Tool Library in Buffalo

The Tool Library now serves all 8 counties of WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko People from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties can now borrow tools from The Tool Library, 5 W. Northrup Place, Buffalo. “It’s a bit of a drive, but somebody could save a couple hundred dollars by borrowing tools,” said Darren Cotton, founder and president of The Tool Library. The Tool Library, a non-profit program that lends tools to people to help them in their gardens and homes, originally served residents in Erie and Niagara…

seed packet

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…