Monet flower arrangement from Mischler's

20 ideas for Mother’s Day in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 10, and you want something that will make your mother smile. Since no two mothers are the same, we’ve come up with a long list of ideas– I counted 20– for things that might please Mom on her special day. There are ideas for traditional gifts, practical gifts,  quirky gifts and things to do together. What do you think makes a great Mother’s Day gift? Please leave a…

Gaultheria procumbens wintergreen at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

Lockwood’s last-minute gift ideas for a gardening friend– or yourself!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are some great last-minute gift ideas for gardeners from Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. They’re all plants that gardeners can enjoy in the house now for their flowers or berries, then plant outside in the spring and enjoy as perennials for years to come. Of course, you can buy them for yourself, too. The first choice is a wintergreen called Gaultheria procumbens. As she showed it to me, Teresa Buchanan, garden center manager, crushed…

potted perennials in winter at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Clever perennial planter from spring still looking good into winter at Mischler’s

We’ve had snow and cold, yet this perennial container that was planted up in the spring is still going strong. Mark Yadon of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, designed this creation called “Winter Green.” He planted it up as a demonstration at the Lewiston GardenFest in the third week of June this year. As we told you in September, there are two tricks to this planter. First, Yadon chose perennial plants that keep their color after…

poinsettia decorations 2014 at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

See the holiday exhibits at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

Whether you have out-ot-town company, are looking for something to do with the kids or just want to drink in the colors of the season, stop by to see the holiday exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Expect the Unexpected, the poinsettia show, is in full swing and the displays are stunning. Admission includes the Garden Railway Exhibit, with a Harry Potter scene as well as a traditional set-up. Hours are 10…

sparkling punch & ice punch poinsettias at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Enjoy your poinsettias for weeks or months with proper care; see new varieties at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can enjoy your poinsettia plant for weeks or even months if you care for it properly. “The main thing is don’t overwater them,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of  Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “They don’t need to be watered nearly as much as people water them.” If the plant is in foil, take the foil off, water the plant at the sink, let the excess water drain out of the…

Wreaths don’t have to be round; see creative decorations at Lockwood’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want something a little different for the holidays, choose a wreath that isn’t round. You can find creative shapes at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The handmade wreaths at Lockwood’s can be shaped like a heart, Christmas tree, cross, square or rectangle as well as the traditional circle. You can custom order wreaths, too. Some people come in year after year for the same wreath, said Jill Kisker, grower at Lockwood’s. Others come…

Traditional wreath from Mischler's

Get creative and decorate a fresh wreath in this hands-on workshop at Mischler’s

Back again this year is a popular hands-on workshop where you can let your creative juices flow and decorate a fresh wreath for the holidays. Workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Each workshop will begin with a brief explanation and decorating demonstration by a member of Mischler’s staff. Afterward, you will be given a fresh, 24-inch evergreen wreath and red bow. You will…

wrwreath from Lockwood's Hamburg

Make holiday decorations in hands-on workshops at Lockwood’s

Decorate your house outdoors and indoors with these projects you can make in workshops at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Register online or call (716) 649-4684. Make an evergreen wreath using freshly cut fir boughs under the guidance of gardening expert Sally Cunningham in a workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. The cost is $30 and includes the bow. Make a mixed greens & berries wreath under the guidance of gardening expert Sally Cunningham in a workshop at 10:30…

This festive hydrangea can be enjoyed indoors now and past New Year’s

This is the time of year when we are all beginning to miss the flowers in our gardens. Happily, you can get a beautiful ‘Snowball’ hydrangea with large round flowers to enjoy indoors right now. It will probably last a couple of months. You can get these striking ‘Snowball’ hydrangeas at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The snowball hydrangea looks lovely in your own home, or you can give it as a hostess gift during the holidays….

take photo with poinsettia backdrop at Mischler's in Amherst NY

Take your holiday photo against stunning backdrop of poinsettias at Mischler’s

As part of Williamsville’s Holiday in the Village, you can take your holiday photo against a backdrop of fresh poinsettias at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. This photo opportunity is free. Bring your own camera and round up your family and friends– your pet is welcome, too–  for a photo you can post on Facebook, make into a greeting card or print out for your relatives. The backdrop will be available from 10 a.m. to 4…