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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…

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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…

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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…

Beginning gardeners & hosta fans can enjoy Hosta College; register by Feb. 23

Whether you are a die-hard fan of hostas or a beginning gardener, Hosta College has something for you, said Marcia Sully of Eden, president of the Great Lakes Region of the American Hosta Society. (You may have visited her landscape, the Hidden Gardens of Eden, during Open Gardens.) “The focus of Hosta College centers around hosta lovers, but our class offerings range far and wide, with classes on wildlife, butterflies, garden travel, landscaping, pruning, pond building, conifers, bulbs, iris, daylilies and botanical Latin,” Sully…

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Reserve seats for one-day gardening seminar in Buffalo, Amherst

  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will hold its one-day seminar called Communities in Bloom twice at different locations. The first seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst. Register here for Feb. 2. The same seminar will be held again from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Register here for Feb. 23. Topics will be: Landscape Design Do’s & Don’ts Garden RX, Prescription…