Feb. 4 is Photographers Night; Night Lights continues through Feb. 15

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can see the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in a whole new light– literally– during the popular Night Lights event. Photographers love the exciting and sometimes abstract images they can capture, so an entire evening is set aside just for them. Photographers Night is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. You may bring a tripod on this night only. You may bring cameras and monopods on any night. Night Lights continues 6 to…

Night Lights to feature outdoor fire performers on certain days; launch party set, too

by Connie Oswald Stofko To kick off Night Lights, the popular event where the exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are illuminated with theatrical lighting, a launch party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Tickets to the launch party include a cash bar of beer and wine, delicious snacks and special entertainment. Tickets are $15 for Botanical Gardens members and subscribers to Buffalo…

Snap your holiday photo with poinsettias at Mischler’s during Holiday in the Village

Looking for a festive backdrop for your holiday greeting card? Pose with a backdrop of hundreds of colorful poinsettias at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. This unique opportunity is part of the Holiday in the Village of Williamsville celebration presented by the Williamsville Business Association. The backdrop will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, and Saturday, Dec. 7. In addition, beautiful classical and holiday music will be…

Frozen in time: Roses are beautiful covered with frost in Western New York

Patty Brandel of Getzville sent in this great photo compilation, saying, “I thought you might like to see these beautiful roses that were frozen in time in my yard early this morning!” While that frost on the ground had many gardeners groaning over what they might have lost in the cold, Patty went outside with her camera and captured this spectacular sight. I’m glad she shared these icy images with us. You can see more great images on the Your…

See winning photos online & at Jamestown Audubon

Prints of the winning photographs in the 2013 Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest will be on display  during the Monarch Butterfly Festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, Aug. 31  at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Rd., Jamestown, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, PA. The winning images as well as the finalists’ images can be seen online. The winning photo in the Adult Wildlife category, seen above, is “Moose in…

Question on spotty mint, plus more gardening news

What’s the problem with this mint– and oregano, too? Jackie Fialkowski Gatas contacted me with this question: Does anyone happen to know what is happening with my mint? It’s also starting to show on my oregano. Don’t know if it’s a bug or a fungus. Thanks guys. Readers, can you help Jackie? If so, please leave a comment below. Background Sometimes readers contact me with questions that I can’t answer. I’m not a gardening expert– I’m a writer by profession….

Arboretum needs volunteers & mill stone, plus more news and tips

Arboretum in Amherst needs volunteers, mill stone Volunteers are needed to help maintain the Arboretum at Amherst State Park where woody plants are cultivated for educational and ornamental purposes. The arboretum is located at 400 Mill St., Williamsville, between Main and Sheridan at the site of the former St. Mary’s Convent. Work sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from May 11 through Oct. 26. In case of rain, the…

Cash prizes offered in photo contest, & more items too good to miss

Cash prizes offered in Jamestown Audubon Society’s photo contest The Jamestown Audubon Society’s Nature Photography Contest offers prizes in three categories and two divisions. The youth division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school and the adult division  is for ages 18 and over or post-high school. Youth and adult winners in the categories of landscapes, plants, and wildlife will all receive a $100 cash prize as well as free photo finishing. “Every winner receives a cash prize,”…

Photographers get their own night at Night Lights & more great items

  Night Lights includes night just for photographers Photographers love the popular Night Lights at the Gardens event, and this year the Botanical Gardens has added a night just for them. Photographers Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,Feb. 5 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This is the only time during Night Lights that you are allowed to use a tripod. Another bonus: Photographers Night is just for photographers, so it shouldn’t be…

Check on your amaryllis and other items too good to miss

I walked into my basement this weekend and was surprised to see that my amaryllis bulbs were leafing out. I shouldn’t have been surprised; this is precisely what they were supposed to do. I am forcing them to bloom indoors so I can enjoy gorgeous flowers in the middle of winter. But out of sight, out of mind. I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice their activity until the leaves were quite long and I had a flower bud. If…