Replace Botanical Gardens’ storm-damaged plants & 4 more ways your donation helps

by Connie Oswald Stofko During the recent Snowvember storm, the wind and the weight of the snow broke 150 panes of glass in two greenhouses at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical  Gardens. The storm destroyed 154 plants indoors. It will cost roughly $6,000 to replace them. That’s not taking into account damage done to plants outside. But you can help by making a monetary donation today. Not only did the Botanical Gardens lose plants in the storm, it lost…

Be a citizen scientist in Western New York: Help track squirrels & birds, take a survey & more

You don’t have to have a college degree to help advance scientific learning in plant and nature topics. You can help scientists collect data on a number of local and national projects. Here are a few projects that might interest you. __________ Let scientists know where squirrels are & where they aren’t Take a look around your home, office, school or other location and, whether you see squirrels or not, enter your observations at the Project Squirrel website. Scientists want…

Name the next corpse flower at the Botanical Gardens & more updates

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can vote on your favorite name for the new corpse flower, which is currently is its leaf stage at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens received thousands of suggestions and whittled them down to five: Cinder-Smella, Ichabod, Gomez, Seymorgue and Morticia. (I won’t tell you which name I voted for.) I talked today to Jeff Thompson, director of horticulture at the Botanical Gardens, and he said the leaf is now about…

Corpse flower updates: Morty’s ‘sibling’ leafed out & is on display; third plant is budding

by Connie Oswald Stofko Remember Morty the corpse flower that bloomed last summer at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens? Well, it has siblings. In July, the Botanical Gardens purchased three corms (bulbs) of the plant Amorphophallus titanum. The plant is commonly called a corpse flower because, when in bloom, it emits a smell like garbage or rotting flesh. One of the corms, dubbed Morty, bloomed this summer. The second corm has sent up a single leaf that, as…

Garden Walk Buffalo accepting applications for grants; deadline is Feb. 17

Applications for Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants are now available from Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden walk in the nation. The grants, named for Marvin Lunenfeld, Garden Walk Buffalo’s founder, have helped fund dozens of garden beautification projects across the West Side of Buffalo for a total of more than $50,000 in the last several years. The 2015 grant application can be found here. Completed applications are due Feb. 17, 2015 with funding awards announced in early spring 2015. Garden…

Tell your gardening friends– It’s free to subscribe to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com!

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…