Container garden contest in Lewiston offers inspiring designs

Looking at objects in a different way– in this case upside down– can help you create unusual container gardens. Bonnie Bagwell flipped a glass light shade and used it as the base for this eye-catching container garden. Bagwell won first place for her design in the traditional category of the container garden competition at the Lewiston GardenFest, which was held Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. The event also included a vendor fair, garden walk and speakers. The event…

New event: tour of gardens by bike

A great way to see beautiful gardens is by bicycle on the GObike City Garden Tour, a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23. This three-hour guided bike tour takes place in the City of Buffalo on bike path streets. Cyclists will be introduced to many of the signature, historic homes and gardens of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, beginning at Frederick Law Olmsted’s…

Garden Festival’s bus tours start June 21

You’ll get behind-the-scenes tours of some of Buffalo’s finest gardens, from secluded private yards to the city’s Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks, during these luxury motorcoach tours, which are part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The tours will be led by expert gardeners and include a sit-down lunch. The tours are operated by AAA Western and Central New York’s Horizon Club Tours. There are various pick-up locations for each tour. In addition to these luxury motorcoach tours, the National Garden…

Serenity of a forest found in City of Buffalo backyard

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many people struggle with shady yards, wishing they could grow the plants they see in sunnier gardens. Jeff Lokken is different. He embraces his canopy of trees. The result is a forest-like retreat from the noise of the city. We visited Lokken last year during Garden Walk Buffalo at the home he shares with Rebecca Bish at 170 Prospect Ave., Buffalo. This year Garden Walk Buffalo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday…

Plant exchanges set, question on pine chips & more

Plant exchanges set Plant exchanges give you an opportunity to trade those extra plants you have in your garden for new varieties that you don’t already have. (I got my first sunchoke at a plant exchange.) If you’re a beginning gardener and don’t have plants to trade, you can still participate in these two plant exchanges. The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will hold a plant and seed exchange from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the…

Follow Buffalo artist’s example to create outdoor living space

If you’re one of us, the few holdouts who don’t have air conditioning, or if you just like the look in the photo above, try painting your window screens. Several beautiful creations, including the one seen above, were done by artist Bruce Marzahn, but the technique could be used by anyone. I saw the screens and other creations by Marzahn last year at his properties at 165 and 167 Prospect Ave., Buffalo, during Garden Walk Buffalo. Garden Walk Buffalo is…

Rain barrels, bee festival & wildflower series

It’s time to set out your rain barrel or buy a rain barrel If you brought your rain barrel in over the winter, now is a good time to set it out again. And if you don’t have a rain barrel, now is a good time to get one. Not only do rain barrels help the environment, they can provide a convenient source of water in parts of your garden where a hose connected to a tap on the house…

Use trash to make vertical garden, plant tags– even furniture!

Items that normally might have been thrown away found new uses in a student exhibit in March at Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show. Aluminum cans became plant tags, coat hangers helped support vining plants and pallets became an A-frame vertical planter and an entire suite of patio furniture! The exhibit was created by students in the horticulture programs at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the adult education program at McKinley High School as well as…

Order now to get ‘hot picks’ at Botanical Gardens sale, & more news

‘Hot picks’ available during Botanical Gardens plant sale Alstromeria ‘Inca Ice’, seen above, is one of the “hot picks” offered this year as part of the Great Plant Sale of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Only a limited number of specimens of each hot pick will be available. The hot picks must be ordered online. The deadline to order is April 5. Plants will be available for pick-up at the Botanical Gardens during the Great Plant Sale on…

Find speakers for your next event, & more items too good to miss

Find a garden speaker for your next event Garden Talk Buffalo provides a way for garden clubs, garden centers and other groups to easily find speakers. This brand new website is a speakers bureau that lists Western New York’s top gardening speakers. You can find all the information you need, including the speakers’ topics, bios and contact information. If you have an event coming up, but don’t know who is available to speak, check out Garden Talk Buffalo. If you…