composting poster 2018

Compost poster contest seeks entries by Nov. 5; prize is $500

The International Compost Awareness Week Committee is offering a prize of $500 to the winner of the poster contest promoting International Compost Awareness Week, which will be held May 5 -11, 2019. The theme for the poster will be “Cool the Climate – Compost!” The contest is open to anyone from ten years old to adult. There are three contest divisions: grades 3-7, grades 8-12, and college – adult. The best from each division will be entered into the final contest. The…


Free seed library starting in Amherst for organic veggies, herbs, flowers

by Connie Oswald Stofko Brenda Snyder was looking for a seed bank–a place where seeds are collected and shared–but she couldn’t find one in Western New York. “There were no seed banks I could even drive to,” Snyder said. “I thought, ‘How is that even possible?’ I decided somebody just needed to take the bull by the horns and get it rolling.” Working with other volunteers, she is setting up the WNY Seed Library, a free seed library for anyone who wants…

Fester corpse flower Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Fester update: It may be bigger than Morty ever was!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fester, the second stinky corpse flower to bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, is already bigger than Morty was this year, and Fester may grow bigger than Morty was in 2014, said Erin Grajek,  associate vice president of Marketing & Visitor Experience at the Botanical Gardens. Fester can grow two to eight inches per day and is now 63.5 inches or about 5 1/4 feet tall. Morty was about 4 1/2 feet tall this year, but was…

Fester corpse flower at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Morty is drooping, but Fester is blooming!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fester, which started out as the smallest of the three corpse flower corms (bulbs) that the  Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens acquired in 2014, is ready to bloom and is on display now. This announcement comes a week after another of the corpse flowers, dubbed Morty, bloomed for the second time! Since these plants bloom only once every six to ten years, having two bloom within such a short amount of time is unusual. It’s…

See inside Morty!

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Morty isn’t acting the way it did the last time it bloomed.  The corpse flower or Amorphophallus titanum, which gives off the smell of rotting flesh to attract pollinators, revved up its smell, but didn’t unfurl the way it did in 2014. It’s shorter this time, too– about 4 1/2 feet tall, not the huge 7 1/2 feet he attained last time. Yet the fact that Morty bloomed again so soon is pretty exciting– These plants may…

Morty the corpse flower

Morty the corpse flower may bloom again within 6 weeks

We thought we might have to wait until 2024, but Morty the corpse flower, which bloomed in 2014 with the smell of rotting flesh, is ready to bloom again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The corpse flower blooms just once every six to ten years. “It is hard to predict when the plant may be in full bloom, but our best estimate of bloom time would be within six weeks,” said Dave Swarts, president/CEO. Morty can grow about two…

planting trees for Leaf a Legacy in West Seneca

Trees planted as Leaf a Legacy project by PLANT WNY

For this year’s Leaf a Legacy project, PLANT WNY member firms planted 22 bare root trees of mixed varieties on Arbor Day, April 27, at the Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) campus in West Seneca. The KED campus recently lost a large number of trees on their campus due to construction. Trees are important for many reasons. They’re calming, add beauty to the campus and absorb and block sound. Trees provide environmental benefits by cleaning the air and providing a home for wildlife….

PLANT WNY scholarship recipients

Deadline for PLANT WNY scholarships is June 18; spring winners named

The PLANT WNY Foundation is offering scholarships to students who want to pursue careers in the nursery/landscape industry. The next application deadline is Monday, June 18 for the fall 2018 semester. Get more details and application forms here. Winners of spring 2018 scholarships are: Cheryl Krisnosky, recipient of the Mary and George Schichtel Scholarship Alora Angelina Brusino, recipient of the WNY Nurserymen’s Association Foundation Scholarship Sean Beckinghausen, recipient of the WNY Nurserymen’s Association Foundation Scholarship Carrie Everett, recipient of the George O. Adams…

hand lotion from Lockwood's Greenhouses

Please tell your gardening friends about our great prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I want to find new subscribers for, the online gardening magazine for Western New York, so I’m holding a drawing and offering great prizes for gardeners. Please help me spread the word by emailing this information to a friend. Or share it on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter or your favorite social media. Or pick up the phone and call a relative. Or mention it to a coworker. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’re my best ambassador….

hand with flower

Horticulture scholarship available to student in Erie, Niagara County

The Amherst Garden Club offers a $1,500 scholarship to a student in Erie or Niagara County planning to study horticulture, urban design or related fields. The application deadline is May 1. For more information and an application form, please contact Sandra Witman at….