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UPDATE: PLANTASIA IS CANCELLED Medical cannabis & more to be discussed at Plantasia

UPDATE: Plantasia is cancelled From the Plantasia Committee on March 12, 2020: After much deliberation and communication with the proper authorities, due to the ever-growing health concerns from COVID-19, it is with a very heavy heart that we have been left with no choice than to cancel this year’s Plantasia show. We are taking this proactive step for the health and safety of PLANTWNY members, event staff and all of our guests that look forward to our show every year….

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Welcome to our new subscribers– please tell your friends about us!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I want to welcome all of our new subscribers who signed up for Maybe you heard about us from the email sent out by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Or maybe you noticed something on social media or heard about us from friends. No matter how you heard about us, we’re glad you joined us! Now that you have subscribed, you’ll receive all of our great gardening tips, plus you are automatically entered…

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Apply by March 20 for Master Gardener training for Chautauqua, Catt counties

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County will hold its 2020 Master Gardeners Core Training Class. Those who successfully complete the 50-hour course may apply to become a Master Gardener volunteer in Chautauqua County or Cattaraugus County. Applications are due Friday, March 20. Class size is limited. You can request an application for the course from Lucia Conti by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at (716) 664-9502 Ext. 209 or emailing There is a program fee of $125 to help defray…

basil-scented candle at Lockwood's Greenhouses

Please tell your gardening friends about our stupendous 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 , Instagram, Nextdoor 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. You can tell others…

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More prizes in our drawing this year; subscribe now!

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s time again for our great prize drawing, and we have even more prizes than we had before! To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Did you already subscribe? Then you are already entered into the drawing! I appreciate the support of my current readers! Three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. Each will win a prize package worth more than $250! The deadline…

poster for Northwest Tour of Gardens 2019

Garden art sought in three competitions

The ARTpartnering program of the University Heights Arts Association seeks art for three competitions that will offer cash prizes and an exhibition of finalists’ work. In two of the competitions, the winning artwork will be featured on the official poster for a garden walk.   #GardenVisions Garden Art Competition The winning artwork will be featured on the Northwest Tour of Gardens official poster. There will also be three cash prizes. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, April 13. Original…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale 2019 by Stofko

Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale seeks vendors; deadline is April 4

__________ The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is seeking vendors for its ninth annual sale to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28. It will take place on the front lawn of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It’s a spectacular setting for this sale that attracts more than 2,000 serious buyers. Items for sale have to be garden- or nature-themed, or works that can be displayed in a garden setting. They can…

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Local groups receive grants to address environmental, health concerns

Three Western New York community-based organizations received grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice to support projects that address environmental and public health concerns. The local groups and their projects are: North Tonawanda Botanical Garden Organization Incorporated $47,162 North Tonawanda Sustainable Community Project To educate and engage middle and high school students in preserving water quality through living/green infrastructure and best practices to foster environmental sustainability and biodiversity in the City of North…

Lunenfeld grant on Willowlawn

Feb. 29 is deadline for Lunenfeld Grants; 2019 recipients announced

Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants, which are awarded to groups within the geographic area of Garden Walk Buffalo, have been awarded for 2019. Applications are available for 2020. Even if you don’t live in that area, mark you calendar for this year’s Garden Walk Buffalo. And did you know you can get a map for that walk mailed to you? 2019 grant recipients The Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants are awarded to block clubs and community groups to help beautify Buffalo through…

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Farm to School program is win-win for local farmers, students

Local farmers have a longer selling season for their products, and schoolchildren get fresh fruits and vegetables. This win-win relationship is made possible by New York Farm to School initiatives. “We wouldn’t be able to make this work without Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension,” said Dave Walczak, operations manager of Eden Valley Growers, a farm cooperative founded in 1956. Students get education about healthy eating, too. Get more details here….