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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…

lilacs and dome at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens is hiring

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is hiring for four 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. Get more details about the positions and find out how to apply here. Assistant Gardener (part-time) Assist in the care and maintenance of their indoor and outdoor gardens and help create exhibits. Learn skills from their horticulture team in a variety of areas….

cover of book Finding the Mother Tree

Author of ‘Finding the Mother Tree’ to speak June 16

Trees live in societies, and “In those societies, there is so much going on,” said Suzanne Simard. “It’s complex. “Trees have complex lives. They know what their neighbors are doing. They communicate with them through these webs of fungal filaments that travel through the soil. They also communicate by sending off chemicals through the air.” Dr. Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, will speak in a free, virtual event to be held at 7…


Seed library open at Audubon Library

The WNY Seed Library is again open during library hours at the Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Pkwy., Amherst. You don’t need a library card to borrow seeds. You can see all the varieties of seeds here. The WNY Seed Library uses the term “borrowing” seeds because the organizers hope that when your plants are mature, you will save the seeds and donate some back to the seed library. You can also donate seeds that you saved from plants you grew previously as well…

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15% off memberships to Botanical Gardens

To celebrate Go Public Gardens Day, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is offering 15 percent off all memberships from now through May 16. Use coupon code: Gardens2021 at checkout. Throughout the week, public gardens are emphasizing their importance and impact as community resources and catalysts for change and resilience. They are encouraging the public to visit, engage, donate and/or volunteer….

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Our prize drawing: still waiting for the third winner

by Connie Oswald Stofko I know thousands of you have been waiting to see if you are one of the three winners in our wonderful prize drawing worth $250. Two of the winners got back to me promptly, but there is no third winner yet. The person who was third on the list didn’t respond by the deadline, so I had to go to the fourth person. I’m still waiting for that person to respond. If they don’t respond in…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale

Garden Art Sale is coming back; sign up as vendor by April 15

___ The Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale will be back in 2021 after a COVID year off! The deadline to sign up as a vendor is Thursday, April 15. For fees, rules and regulations, visit This popular summer craft sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27 on the grounds of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. There will be live music, food trucks, plant society booths and a basket raffle. Info for vendors The items for sale…

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Only one week left to enter our prize drawing; tell your friends!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Hurry to enter our spectacular prize drawing! The deadline is a week from today, March 23. To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Have you already subscribed? Then you are already entered. I appreciate my current readers! If you are one of the three lucky winners, here’s what you’ll get: There will be three winners and each winner will receive all of the prizes: all those gift certificates, the houseplant…

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See ‘Mini Pennies’ in Great Plant Sale; final release is Monday, March 15

‘Mini Pennies’ are the cutest perennials you’ll ever see, according to the horticulture staff at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. These baby perennials come in small, four-inch pots and were grown from seed this year by the dedicated horticulture team. Though they may look mini when you pick them up, with a little time and patience, these babies will flourish and fill your garden for many years to come.  ‘Mini Pennies’ make up the newest category in the…

dome at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

As exciting as spring: warm weather & a prize drawing for gardeners!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Warm weather and sunshine today! Tomorrow should be even warmer! And is holding its prize drawing! Could Western New York gardeners stand any more excitement? To enter the prize drawing, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! You already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing! If you already get the Tuesday emails with the newest articles, you don’t have to subscribe again. You are already entered! I…