collage of spring plants

Latest updates on businesses

by Connie Oswald Stofko Garden centers seem to be catching up to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 situation. There aren’t as many changes this week as there have been in the last couple weeks. Here is the information I have for the businesses I work with. Things keep changing, so if you have specific questions about a business’s hours or what they have in stock, please contact them directly. You can see their contact information in our Gardening Directory….

penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade'

Unusual plants: Don’t miss these Hot Picks in Great Plant Sale

by Connie Oswald Stofko In the Great Plant Sale, “We want to offer things you’re not going to see everywhere,” said Sharon Reader, volunteer at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and a member of the committee that chose the plants for the sale. The deadline to pre-order is Friday, April 5, but if you want one of the really spectacular Hot Picks, you better order now — They often sell out quick. UPDATE: The deadline to order plants…

app for Thompson Brothers in Clarence Center New York

Get Thompson Brothers app for coupons & specials

Get coupons and more with the app for Thompson Brothers Greenhouses, 8850 Clarence Center Rd., Clarence. Use the IPhone App Store or Google Play and enter the keyword “Thompson Brothers Greenhouse.” Not only is the app free, but you earn a $5 off thank-you coupon for downloading the app. You continue to earn loyalty points on every purchase (some exclusions may apply). Using the app, you’ll find a coupon for 15 percent off shrubs. Hydrangeas are in bloom! You can…

perennials in pot and beds

Mischler’s 49-cent perennial sale starts Friday; use perennials in containers & more tips

by Connie Oswald Stofko Mischler’s 49-cent perennial sale starts this week, and today we’re going to talk about using perennials in containers. We’ll also show you a couple of easy-to-maintain flowers that attract pollinators for your garden beds. The sale will be held from Friday, April 28 to Saturday, May 6 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m….

rooster made of fieldstone

Even your garden decorations can be sustainable; see rock sculptures at Lockwood’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko We’re concerned about how our gardening practices affect the environment, and that concern can extend to the ornaments we use in our garden, too. You can get garden decorations made with stones and rocks that are not only charming, they were created using sustainable practices. These garden ornaments are available at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You can also find them at the Lockwood’s booth at Plantasia, fitting this year’s theme of “Plantasia Rocks.” Plantasia…

maple seeds on tree in Western New York

Tree, shrub seedlings available through DEC

During this year’s Spring Seedling Sale, you can buy tree and shrub seedlings through various counties or through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis as stock is limited, so place your order early. The seedlings will be shipped to a central location in your county where you can pick up your order on a certain date. Ordering deadlines and pickup dates vary by county. If you…

Vendors sought for Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale

Vendors of garden-oriented or nature-themed works that can be displayed in a garden setting are being sought for the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The deadline for applications is Feb. 20. New this year, the art sale will be held at a new location, the Botanical Gardens, over the span of two…

begonia Whopper at Mischler's in Williamsville

You can still plant perennials & annuals– and there are sales!

by Connie Oswald Stofko A lot of gardeners seem to view Memorial Day weekend as a deadline. They think that all of their planting has to be done by then. Not true! “There is still lots of time to enjoy flowers,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. This is a great time to buy annuals for several reasons, Yadon said. The plants that you buy now are larger than the plants…

Open house from Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

Ease into the holidays with Christmas open house at Lockwood’s Nov. 15

Enjoy a festive atmosphere with Christmas music and free refreshments including homemade cookies, savory treats and hot spiced cider at the Christmas open house to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at Lockwood’s Greenhouses,  4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts or decorations for your own home, you’ll find a spectacular array of items at Lockwood’s. Look for seasonal favorites including decorated wreaths, boxwood trees and poinsettias. Check out the indoor flowering…

plants from garden center in Western New York

5 tips for shopping for plants this weekend in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko This weekend is probably the biggest shopping weekend for gardeners. Our gardens should be dry enough to dig in by now, and by the end of May, the danger of frost should have passed, so we’re all excited to buy tender plants and put them in our gardens now. To help you get the most out of your shopping excursion, take a look at these tips. Decide what you want to get out of your garden…