tulips hyacinths daffodils at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Fall gardening classes to be held online by Master Gardeners

Online gardening classes will be offered in September by Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. The classes will be presented via Zoom and the cost will be $15 per class or $40 for all three classes. Register here. The classes are: Bulbs and Tubers and Corms, Oh, My! Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. There is a wide variety of bulbs, (and tubers and corms) available to brighten your spring garden. Learn what’s new and interesting in this…

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See Master Gardeners in person ‘under the tent’ for questions, soil tests

Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will be available to answer gardening questions and receive soil samples ‘under the tent’ on the Roycroft Campus, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora, NY from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, now through Sept. 30, weather permitting. To see if the session is closed due to weather, refer to the Gardening Page of their web site or their Facebook page after 8:45 a.m.on the day of your visit. They will be adhering to…

watercolor of flower by Judith Kosinski

Watercolor classes being held online by Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding a variety of new online art classes beginning today, Tuesday, July 21.  There are watercolor classes for all skill levels, including a foundational level for beginners with little to no experience, a beginner level for those looking to learn more techniques, an intermediate level for those with more experience, and an advanced masters class for those looking to fine tune their skills.  The classes will be held online via Zoom. All classes are suitable for anyone…

Shadrack garden visited by garden communicators

Open Gardens continue for three more weeks; get booklet or app now

Walk through lovely landscapes during Open Gardens in July. These are selected gardens that you can visit on Thursdays and Fridays at certain times and dates. The gardens are clustered in 12 geographic areas that you can visit over the course of five weeks. To get all the information, you need an Open Gardens guide. There are three ways to get the guide: Purchase one online here ($20 donation). Buy the Open Gardens smartphone app ($4.99). It has GPS, maps, photos and…

evening sun on gauzy tent in backyard in Buffalo

First garden walks of the season take place this weekend

by Connie Oswald Stofko Finally! We can visit wonderful landscapes on several garden walks this weekend. Please be good to the folks you may meet on the garden walks–your fellow visitors and the generous folks who are opening up their gardens to you– by always using safety etiquette. Keep six feet away from others. Wearing a mask is a good idea, too, even though you’re outside. Try not to touch things in the yards. Take a bottle of hand sanitizer…

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Join me online for ‘Garden Trends’ this Thursday, June 18

by Connie Oswald Stofko I will give an online talk on “Garden Trends” at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18. It’s part of the series of Garden Fence Chats from the Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. What’s great about these talks is that anyone can attend– even from a different county– without a long drive. And they’re free! There’s a different topic each weekday, and you can get your gardening questions answered on Wednesdays. Check our Events…

decorative fence with trellis and gate in Hamburg NY

See great landscapes like this on Open Gardens, garden walks starting in July!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s something to look forward to: Open Gardens and some garden walks this summer! You can see a list of which gardening events are open and which are canceled at the end of this article. There may still be changes, so to get the most up-to-date information, go to the calendar page of Gardens Buffalo Niagara. One of the garden walks that has been canceled is the The Hamburg Garden Walk, but organizers plan to offer…

Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale 2019 by Stofko

Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale seeks vendors; deadline is April 4

__________ The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is seeking vendors for its ninth annual sale to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28. It will take place on the front lawn of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It’s a spectacular setting for this sale that attracts more than 2,000 serious buyers. Items for sale have to be garden- or nature-themed, or works that can be displayed in a garden setting. They can…

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It’s time for garden talks & classes in WNY

There isn’t a lot to do in your garden right now, so it’s a good time to learn more about gardening and get prepared for spring. Here is a sampling of classes and talks coming up in the next few weeks. We’re constantly adding more activities to our Events page, so check there often to see what’s coming up. Everything listed there, including garden club meetings, is open to the public. Events held by nonprofit groups are listed on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com…

Lumagination at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

‘Mysterious Minerals’ is theme of Lumagination at Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host Lumagination, with the interior of the gardens illuminated to excite imaginations, stimulate the senses and entertain all ages. “Mysterious Minerals” is the theme this year. Visitors will experience the extraordinary facets of Earth and minerals. From simulated salt caves and stalactites to wooden sculptures, balancing stones, geodes and crystals, Lumagination will take visitors on a journey like no other. This is part three of a four-part series exploring water, air, earth…