David Clark teaching class at Buffalo Botanical Gardens courtesy David Clark

Horticulture classes start in September; sign up now

You can sign up now to save your spot in the horticulture classes to be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Administration Building at the Botanical Gardens. You can sign up for an entire series or just one class at a time. You don’t have to take the classes in order. If you complete all the classes in a…

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Garden Walk Buffalo celebrates 25 years this weekend with special features

Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in North America, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. This is the 25th anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo and you’ll see some new features. About 435 gardens will be open to the public. The event is free and self guided, and no tickets are required. What’s new in 2019 Expanded footprint of the walk. Garden Walk Buffalo now includes the Park Meadow and Parkside…

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How to make daylilies look great for visitors; garden walk season begins

by Connie Oswald Stofko Garden walk season in Western New York starts this weekend with the Lewiston GardenFest–see details below. If you’re sharing your garden on a garden walk, or just plan on having folks over for a barbecue, here’s a tip on daylilies that will make your gardens look pretty. Liveheading daylilies If you want to make your landscape look attractive for visitors, here’s a tip for daylilies from Kathy Guest Shadrack, who does communications for the Buffalo Area…

Volunteers needed at Botanical Gardens; orientation is June 12

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is recruiting new volunteers to help in a variety of areas including horticulture, facilities, administration, visitor services, weddings, special events and education, as well as serving as docents. A volunteer orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo The orientation is free. The deadline to register for volunteer orientation is Friday, June 7. Register online or contact Karen Hammer, Program…

Mother's Day at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

For Mother’s Day: discounted membership to Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special membership markdown, discounting memberships 20 percent now through May 10. And if you’re looking for gift ideas and a great place to spend Mother’s Day, May 12, the Botanical Gardens can help. Membership markdown To honor the mothers in our lives, the Botanical Gardens is offering a special Mother’s Day membership markdown. Individual memberships will be discounted by 20 percent. Memberships include year-round, free admission to…

coloful shed on Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo expands; sign up your garden by May 15

May 15 is the deadline to sign up to share your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo. New this year: the Parkside and Park Meadow neighborhoods are part of Garden Walk Buffalo! Garden Walk Buffalo previously extended from the Niagara River to Main Street and from Canalside to the Scajaquada. Now the walk will also include the Park Meadow and Parkside neighborhoods from Nottingham Terrace to Amherst Street and from Elmwood Avenue to Main Street as well as the area bound by…

vendors at Lewiston GardenFest

Gardeners & vendors sought for Lewiston GardenFest

To be a vendor at the Lewiston GardenFest, the deadline is May 1. If you’d like to share your garden, the deadline is May 14. The Lewiston Garden Club will hold the Lewiston GardenFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 on Center Street in Lewiston. The event is seeking vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, builders, and others. Vendor applications are due by…

Plantasia flower show 2018 breakfast tray

Plantasia kicks off Wednesday with gardenscapes, flower show & more

by Connie Oswald Stofko The first day of spring occurs on Wednesday, but where in Western New York will it really seem like spring? At Plantasia! Plantasia, the premier garden and landscape show for Western New York, will be held inside the Fairgrounds Event Center & Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park, Hamburg. You can stroll through gardens filled with real trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as water features, patios, paths and seating areas. You’ll be able to get ideas…

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Learn how to deal with insects, deer & soil problems at Education Day

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host the 2019 Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Classics V Banquet & Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst. The cost for Education Day is $35 for Erie County Master Gardeners, $45 for Master Gardeners from outside Erie County and associates, and $55 for the general public. Advance registration is required; register here. Registration is not complete until payment has been received. Registration fees…

Tips & inspiration for wild winter weather in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko and Stephen Vermette We’ve had some wild weather in the past week: lots of snow, wind, an official blizzard, and dangerously cold wind chills. But yesterday it felt like spring, with strong sun and temperatures around 60. Now some areas have flooding, and more flooding is possible. Tomorrow we might get freezing rain. Later in the week the forecast is for rain, then snow. Find out what you can do in your landscape in these changing conditions, and remember…