trees in Amherst NY

‘Fungi & great moments in history’ among talks at ReLeaf Conference

If it weren’t for fungi, we wouldn’t have the Ten Commandments or the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. That’s the tongue-in-cheek assessment of George Hudler, professor at Cornell University, who will speak on “Great Moments in History and How Fungi Got Us Here.” His entertaining talk will be part of the 20th annual statewide ReLeaf Conference, where you will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and Canada and to tour local community forestry projects,…

view from deck of Maldovans' garden on Parkside Garden Tour in Buffalo

Go on a garden walk, diagnose your veggies & lots more!

Summer begins and so do the garden walks! What an exciting week: Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer, and garden walks start this weekend! (If you’re going to show your garden on a garden walk this summer and would be willing to spread the word about Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, I will gratefully send you handouts. Call Connie Oswald Stofko at (716) 833-5187 or email me at Connie@Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.) Kicking off the garden walk season is the free 7th annual Lewiston GardenFest,…

orchid in Buffalo NY

Orchid workshop, a bit of history & other items too good to miss

Orchid Care Workshop at Arbordale Nurseries You can learn basic orchid care from John Kociela of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society during a workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at  Arbordale Nurseries, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Kociela will show how to grow and maintain the most popular type of orchids. His presentation will include proper pruning, feeding and selection techniques. The workshop is free, but you must preregister. For more information, call 688-9125. __________ Lancaster Garden Club marks 80th anniversary…

artist gardens in Buffalo NY

You can enter a hosta show, tour artists’ gardens & more!

There are so many fun and educational gardening events happening at this time of year, and we wanted to highlight just a few. Be sure to check our Upcoming Events Page often so you don’t miss anything. __________ Visit artists’ gardens on motorcoach tour The first in a series of motorcoach garden tours sponsored by the National Garden Festival will be a tour of artists’ gardens on Saturday, June 23. Found art, folk art, abstract art, architectural remnants, anything goes…

Ricardo Costa floral arrangement

Use Rio flair– & toilet paper roll– to create this flower arrangement

Ricardo Costa, internationally renowned floral designer from Brazil, used a toilet paper roll and yarn to quickly create this fabulous flower arrangement with the flavor of Rio de Janeiro. See the video below. This was one of several arrangements he created during a presentation at the national convention of National Garden Clubs Inc. in Buffalo earlier this month. Previously, I gave you a glimpse of the flower show that was held at the convention and in future articles I’ll share…

collage at National Garden Club convention Buffalo NY

Creativity abounds at national flower show in Buffalo

Buffalo’s sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted gardeners from across the nation and around the world as they arrived last week for the 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc. There was plenty to do at the convention, called “Explore the Wonders.” Internationally renowned speakers, seminars, tours and a flower show were all part of the convention. In future articles I’ll share some of the things I learned at the convention, and today I’ll give you a glimpse…

Dan Zak's Japanese maple bonsai. Photo from Buffalo Bonsai Society.

Demonstrations, sale to be part of Bonsai Show May 19, 20

You’ll see marvelous examples of bonsai, the miniature gardening art form, at the upcoming Bonsai Show, but there is lots more to do at the show, too. You can also watch demonstrations on how to start a bonsai tree. There will be a table where you can get advice on tending bonsai trees, and you can even bring your own bonsai and get technical help. Bonsai supplies and trees will be sold. If you want to start a bonsai, you…

Chautauqua Labyrinth in Chautauqua NY

Garden labyrinths have long history, find new popularity in Buffalo area

Labyrinths date back thousands of years and have been used in many cultures. During Medieval times, many Christian churches incorporated labyrinths into floor designs. Today garden labyrinths are getting new attention at places of worship, medical centers, conference centers, parks, colleges and even backyards. World Labyrinth Day is Saturday, May 5, so this seems a good time to introduce you to some  local labyrinths: one at Unity Church in Buffalo, one at the Chautauqua Institution and one in the yard…

Earth Bowl Festival in Grand Island NY 2012

Earth Bowl Festival to feature plant sale, concert, dinner

An interesting new event called the Earth Bowl Festival will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. Parking is available along the river. The Earth Bowl Festival features a delicious, full course vegetarian dinner including entrees, salads, breads and desserts, with vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free options. Dinner will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, created…

Fargo Estate Neighborhood Community Garden in Buffalo NY

Grants given to community groups by Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo announced grants, including a $2,500 grant to Re-Tree WNY, at its Beautification Awards event held last night at D’Youville College in Buffalo. “With the grants we’re giving out, we’re sort of spinning green into gold,” said Jim Charlier, president of Garden Walk Buffalo. Garden Walk Buffalo is a free event that brings visitors into Buffalo from across the country. The nonprofit organization raises money for its expenses through the sale of merchandise and through corporate sponsorships. The…