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by Connie Oswald Stofko There are people who have been reading Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com for years and didn’t know they could subscribe! And it’s free! Yes, you can just visit our website without subscribing, but when you subscribe, you get notified every time new content is posted. That way, you don’t miss a thing! You’ll get great gardening tips that really work in Western New York, see full-color photos and videos, and have the opportunity to peruse the most comprehensive list of…

UB students design house with Buffalo gardener or urban farmer in mind

by Connie Oswald Stofko Wouldn’t you love to live in a home with a greenhouse where you could grow your own food all year? That’s a key feature of the GROW House being designed by a team of University at Buffalo students to appeal to Buffalo gardeners, or more specifically, to urban farmers in Buffalo. GROW House stands for Grow, Relax or Work House. It’s entered in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, a two-year competition that will culminate…

Winners in Jamestown Audubon photo contest came from around the world

Winners in the Jamestown Audubon’s 2014 Nature Photography Contest came from as near as a few miles from the Audubon Center & Sanctuary to as far away as the other side of the globe. “In the six-year history of the photo contest, we’ve had a number of international entries, but this is the first time we’ve had international winners,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon program director and contest coordinator. The purpose of the contest is to fulfill Jamestown Audubon’s mission to…

Tribute Garden rendering in Tonawanda NY

Tribute Garden honors lives affected by domestic violence; events set for Saturday

A Tribute Garden that is being created to honor domestic violence victims, survivors and their families will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 27, during the 5th annual Break the Cycle Bike-a-Thon and Walk in Isle View Park, 796 E Niagara St., Tonawanda. The bike-a-thon and walk will raise money for the Tribute Garden. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ride and walk begin at 10 a.m. The event is hosted by the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women…

horticultural student photo illustration in Amherst NY

Scholarship applications being accepted for spring 2015; deadline is Oct. 14

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the spring 2015 semester by the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation, the foundation of PLANT WNY. Applications must be received before Oct. 15. The scholarships are for full-time students enrolled in degree programs and permanently residing within the boundaries of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. (Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties) or high school students who will be furthering their education in horticulture. The Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship is…

Gazebo from Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Ceremony marks Honorary International Peace Garden at Botanical Gardens

The existing Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens was designated in a ceremony today as an Honorary International Peace Garden. The designation was made by the International Peace Garden Foundation and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail. As an Honorary International Peace Garden, this garden will become part of an international registry, display a commemorative stone marker and have an interpretive panel linking this garden with other Peace Gardens along the 1812 Commemorative Trail….

Docents needed at Botanical Gardens; training starts Sept. 11

If you love gardening and botany, consider sharing your passion with others by volunteering as a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Docents work with people of all ages. They lead tours of the Botanical Gardens for a variety of groups year round, teach hands-on programs to school-aged children and scout groups, facilitate activities in the Wegmans’ Family Garden, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and events and assist staff in…

cutting Morty the corpse flower from Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Morty update: See the working parts inside the rare corpse flower at Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Has Morty the corpse flower been pollinated? Will it bear fruit? To get a better look at what is happening inside, horticulturists at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens actually cut a hole in the flower. You can take a look inside Morty, too. Morty will continue to be on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, probably through the end of August, at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. No, the flower…

Morty the corpse flower bloomed

by Connie Oswald Stofko Morty, the corpse flower at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, finally bloomed! It opened in the wee hours of the morning Friday, Aug. 8. I went over around 10 a.m. and shot the video below. People were lined up Friday to see Morty and lines got longer on Saturday. The lines snaked through the various buildings at the Botanical Gardens, so there was plenty to look at along the way, plus volunteers were on…

Corpse flower to bloom soon at Botanical Gardens; may happen only once a decade

UPDATE:  Morty the corpse flower is blooming now. Today, Saturday, Aug. 9, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The last admission ticket will be sold at 11 p.m. See a video of Morty in bloom here.   by Connie Oswald Stofko In a rare event that might happen only once a decade, a corpse flower is likely to bloom within the next nine days at the Buffalo and Erie County…