gardeners at International School 45 in Buffalo

Grassroots Gardens needs volunteers, supplies; workshops set for immigrants

If you enjoy gardening and would like to share your time, consider volunteering with Grassroots Gardens WNY, which educates and leads neighborhood gardeners. They’re also looking for donations of supplies. And please spread the word about workshops for new immigrant and refugee gardeners. Volunteer As an individual or part of a group—class, church group, coworkers, club, circle of friends—you can volunteer with Grassroots Gardens. It can be one-time special event or you can volunteer on an on-going basis. See the…

Buffalo in Bloom front yard

Buffalo in Bloom is back, with a twist: Nominate your own garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Buffalo in Bloom, the project that recognizes City of Buffalo residents who maintain their properties with gardens in their front yard, is back after a hiatus of several years. In past years, the idea was for teams of volunteers to cover the entire city, block by block, and recognize residents who put effort into their front yards. Unfortunately, it was too difficult to get enough volunteers for such a massive undertaking, said Linda Garwol, chairperson of…

ceremony with Chinese at Botanical Gardens

Magnolia tree to symbolize friendship between Buffalo & its Chinese sister city

by Connie Oswald Stofko A magnolia tree will be a symbol of the friendship between Buffalo and its sister city in China, Changzhou. A ceremony was held yesterday at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens to mark the gift. The event was attended by a 40-person delegation from China consisting of Changzhou’s government officials, performers, businesspeople and a Chinese television crew. The crew is shooting a documentary called “A Tale of Two Cities,” highlighting the cultural and arts exchanges…

Gold Star dedication by Bowmansville in Lancaster

First Gold Star Memorial in state to be dedicated in Lancaster

The first Gold Star Memorial Marker in New York State and the second in the country will be dedicated by the members of the Bowmansville Garden Club at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9 in Russell Salvatore’s Patriots and Heroes Park, 6675 Transit Rd., Lancaster.  The dedication will be held rain or shine. If you would like to attend, please RSVP so that the organizers can make sure there is enough seating. Contact Adrienne Pasquariello at (716) 681-1047 or apasquarie@roadrunner.com. The…

waterfall at Plantasia by A Growing Business

Plantasia updates: people’s choice winner announced, trees planted at the Fairgrounds

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are some updates from 2016 Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show. It’s organized by PLANT WNY, a not-for-profit corporation of green industry professionals. Mark your calendar for Plantasia 2017: Thursday -Sunday, March 23 – 26 with Preview Night on Wednesday, March 22 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. $16,000 backyard makeover The first thing gardeners probably want to know is whether anyone won the $16,000 backyard makeover. Nope, no…

Plantasia backyard makeover contest

Unlock a $16,000 backyard makeover at Plantasia– It’s free to enter!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Wouldn’t it be nice to have a professional makeover for your landscape? Imagine it: a new design with paths and trees, a waterfall, maybe an outdoor cooking area– whatever you want. At Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, you can get lots of ideas for your dream landscape, and you could win a $16,000 backyard makeover. It’s free to enter! When you’re at Plantasia, go the area where they have the contest bank…

succulent garden from Mischler's

Tell your gardening friends– Subscribe for a chance to win a great prize package!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I need your help today. I want to find new subscribers for Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York, so I’m holding a contest and offering great prizes for gardeners. Please help me spread the word by emailing this information to a friend. Or share it on 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…

Master Gardener training set in Fredonia; deadline to register is April 29

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County will hold its first Master Gardener Core Training class in three years from Sept. 6 through Oct. 1 on the campus of the State University New York at Fredonia. The deadline to register is Friday, April 29. For an application, email lpc33@cornell.edu or contact Lucia Conti at 664-9502, ext. 209, or stop into the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown. Applicants will be interviewed by a team of Master Gardener volunteers in…

mixed container of annuals from Waterman's Greenhouse

Subscribe for a chance to win one of three gardening prize packages!

Enter for the chance to win a prize package valued at more than $250 simply by subscribing to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! If you are already subscribed, you are already entered. Hey, I appreciate the support of my longtime 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 to enter is Tuesday, April 5. The…

Waterman's Greenhouse in Springville NY

Enjoy a short drive to the country to get specialty services at Waterman’s Greenhouse

by Connie Oswald Stofko Sometimes when you’re shopping for hanging baskets or other containers of annuals, you wish you could swap out the plant combinations. The basket in front of you would be your favorite, if only it had that pretty grass that’s in the basket across the way. And this other basket is nice, but the flowers are orange and you really had your heart set on pink. At Waterman’s Greenhouse, you can get exactly what you want. Place…