visitors at 2010 Lewiston GardenFest

Container plantings accent large front porch in Lewiston

by Connie Oswald Stofko Clouds and drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of visitors in the opening hours of the 2010 Lewiston GardenFest, which was held Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27. BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com visited the garden of Dominic and Susan Hofert at 400 Plain St. The new homeowners are working toward a formal garden that’s still friendly and has lots of curb appeal. The gardens that wrap around the large front porch are beautiful and well planned, with shrubs and…

‘Perennial diva’ offers tips for summer gardens in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Not everything is hardy. The definition of a perennial is something that lives three or more years– if you don’t kill it.” Stephanie Cohen, known as the “perennial diva,” gave tips on summer gardening in the sometimes irreverent and often funny keynote address of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The event was held Saturday, June 19 in the Nichols School in Buffalo. After the talk, Cohen signed copies of her books, which include The Perennial…

Kickoff party opens Buffalo’s National Garden Festival

Among the gardeners enjoying the festivities to kick off the National Garden Festival in Buffalo on Thursday, June 17 were, from left, Steve Bellus; Craig Coyne, chair of the Snyder-CleveHill garden walk; Candy Clark; Bard Basswood, who is doing an impression of an oak, and Gary DiNezza. The event was held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The National Garden Festival takes all of the garden walks in our area, throws in amazing extra events, and comes up…