garden by West Block Club in Buffalo NY

Deadline is March 15 for Lunenfeld Beautification Grants

__________ Block clubs & community groups in the City of Buffalo can request a Lunenfeld Beautification Grant from Gardens Buffalo Niagara. The deadline is March 15. Awards of up to $1,000 will be based on the overall project cost and matching funds from government, private contributions, and volunteer sweat equity.  Projects need to be public—seen from the street—and should be designed to bring neighbors together. Types of projects include: The application process is easy and assistance is available if needed….

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Horticulture scholarship offered by Master Gardeners in Erie County

A $1,000 college scholarship is being offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program volunteers. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, March 31. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors from public, private and home schools who reside in Erie County. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be accepted by a recognized, accredited college or university to study horticulture, botany or a related field. Related fields may include but are not…

Master Gardeners from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties

Jan 16 is deadline for Master Gardener training in Cattaraugus & Chautauqua

Cornell Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the next Master Gardener training class for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 16. Space is limited. Get applications here; in person at the Chautauqua County office at 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, or by calling (716) 664-9502 to have one mailed to you. Classes will take place remotely from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through May 20. There will also be a few in-person classes each…

Tom Mitchell in Buffalo Niagara New York

Mitchell receives highest honor from NYS Nursery & Landscape Association

Tom Mitchell, a member of PLANT WNY, received the Dr. George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to horticulture in the State of New York. Mitchell exemplifies that with his work in education. He is a horticulture instructor at Niagara County Community College. Before that, he was a horticulture instructor at McKinley High School. Mitchell…

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How valuable is a gardening magazine for WNY?

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can subscribe to other gardening magazines, but… Do those magazines show you perennials that you fall in love with, then find out they aren’t suited to Western New York’s climate? Do they write articles so far ahead of time, the information isn’t helpful? (Sure, you can pull weeds in April–unless there’s still snow on the ground.) Do they keep you informed of all the gardening classes and exhibits and garden walks? I started in…

prize from Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market in Buffalo NY

Tell your gardening friends about our spectacular prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko This may be hard to believe: There are gardeners in Western New York who haven’t heard of! They don’t know what they’re missing– gardening tips, full-color photos, the up-to-date list of gardening events– and it’s all local! And they don’t know about our wonderful prize drawing with a prize package worth nearly $500! Can you help me spread the word? After all, there will be three winners in our drawing. It could be you and two…

Mischler's prize basket in Williamsville NY

Our prize drawing is back & bigger than ever!

by Connie Oswald Stofko What’s as exciting as the first flower in spring? The annual prize drawing of! And this year the prize package is bigger & better than ever– valued at nearly $500! There will be three winners, and each winner will receive the entire prize package! To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! I appreciate my current readers! Have you already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing!…

Mark Mortenson at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Mortenson chosen as new head of Botanical Gardens

Mark Mortenson will take over as the new president and CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in March when David Swarts retires from the role after 12 years. Mortenson led the transformation efforts at the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve. Most recently he played a dual role as president and CEO of the Richardson Center Corporation and executive director of the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo. He also held leadership positions at The Arc Erie…

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Get your garden club meetings & more on our Events page

by Connie Oswald Stofko Does your nonprofit group have meetings or other events that are open to the public? Reach the gardening community through the Events page on It’s free for nonprofit groups. Here’s what you need to know I publish on Tuesdays. Your event must be listed for the issue of the Tuesday before your event (or sooner). That means I need your information on the Friday before that issue (or sooner). The information you send should include…

pink celery at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Eco Garden at Botanical Gardens helps folks in ‘food desert’

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens donated 692 pounds of fresh, organic produce to Gerard Place‘s Community Kitchen, noting that the need was three times greater this year because of the pandemic. The food was grown at the Botanical Gardens in the Eco Garden, a 100-percent community-funded organic garden. The Eco Garden was established in 2019 with funding and support from the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, PLANT WNY, the Western New York Foundation and private donors. Gerard Place provides housing for homeless, single parents…