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Look for new tulips at Botanical Gardens’ Spring Flower Show

New varieties of tulips will be featured this year at the annual Spring Flower Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show will run from Saturday, March 24 though Sunday, April 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8  for seniors (55+) & students (13+), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Garden members and children under 3. There will be about 35 varieties of tulips exhibited, and 30 of them…

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6 ways you can benefit from maintaining your waterfront habitat

If you own land on a lake, creek, river or other body of water, you may know that using native plants in the landscape can benefit the environment. But it can benefit you, too. You can learn more on how to care for your waterfront property at a series of workshops scheduled by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The workshops will provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The first workshop will be…

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Orchid Show will bring vibrant colors to the Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will hold their Annual Orchid Show and Sale on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo NY. Check out these articles to learn more about orchids and see how easy orchids are to grow. This Annual Orchid Show and Sale will include orchid displays, demonstrations, specialty merchandise and care products….

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Night Lights opens tomorrow; live music on Fridays

Live music is a new addition to the popular Night Lights event at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, which starts tomorrow. Also new this year, Buffalo artist Zach Boehler will install sculptures inside the Botanical Gardens to enhance the visitors’ experience. As visitors walk through the Botanical Gardens during Night Lights, they encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Last year’s event was a huge success, and…

HeartsintheGardens for National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Valentine’s event to raise funds for National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Hearts in the Gardens, a fundraising party to benefit the National Garden Festival in Buffalo will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. By attending the party, you’re  supporting the National Garden Festival and helping to  make the Buffalo-Niagara region a garden destination. The event will feature a silent auction. Items to be auctioned include garden goodies, hotel overnights and a…

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Buffalo historical site decorated in turn-of-century style

What did Christmas decorations look like in Buffalo circa 1901? You can get  a glimpse when you tour the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., between North and Allen Streets, Buffalo. Garden clubs from the Eighth District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State have decorated the historical site for the holidays. Last week, we told you that the garden clubs were challenged to use a color scheme of silver, burgundy and pink. At the same time, they aimed…

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Local food: Gardeners can support farm products in the Buffalo area

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, we in the Buffalo area spend a lot of time planning menus, baking, cooking, dining with family and nibbling at parties. So while we’re thinking of food, let’s shift our focus slightly and look at some important questions: How do we sustain our supply of locally grown food? How do we make sure our children and grandchildren enjoy the abundance and variety of locally produced food that we now take for granted in Western…

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Decorations at TR Inaugural Site in Buffalo use ‘bells’ & ‘belles’

Members of Buffalo-area garden clubs had to be creative when planning holiday decorations for the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., between North and Allen Streets, Buffalo. The theme this year incorporated “bells” and “belles.” To make things even more interesting, the theme colors were silver, burgundy and pink. Yes, pink. Pink showed up quite a lot in Christmas decorations around the turn of the last century, explained Lenora M. Henson, curator at the national historical site where Theodore…

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Chrysanthemum enjoys a long tradition in Buffalo

The chrysanthemum has been enjoyed for thousands of years. It was cultivated as a flowering herb in China as far back as the 15th Century B.C., according to the National Chrysanthemum Society. The City of Buffalo is a mere upstart compared to ancient China, but we have enjoyed chrysantheums throughout our history, too. For more than 100 years, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has held its annual Chrysanthemum Show, which is the longest running tradition at the Botanical…

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Herbal remedies & pharmaceuticals both start with plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you treat your maladies with an herbal tea or a pill from the drugstore, your medicine probably got its start in the garden. At the kick-off event for the medicinal gardens at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Wednesday, a proponent of herbal medicine and  pharmacists from D’Youville College gave their views on healing plants. Yolanda Smith, left, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, is a medicine gatherer and talked about the…