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Plant sales, exchanges set in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many garden groups in Western New York are holding plant sales and plant exchanges in the coming weeks. Here’s the list I have so far; there might be more sales to come. Check back to our Events page often to see what’s new. And when you’re looking for plants, please don’t forget our local garden centers! Garden Friends of Clarence Garden Friends of Clarence will hold a perennial plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,…

maypole trellis on East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo

Coming back: Garden Walk Buffalo and East Side Garden Walk

Garden Walk Buffalo and East Side Garden Walk are coming back for in-person visits! Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the United States, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25. The East Side Garden Walk, one of the newer garden walks in Western New York, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17. If you want to share your garden on either of these walks,…

spring flowers at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Enjoy gardens full of spring blooms at Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the color and aroma of spring flowers during the Spring Exhibit to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20 through Sunday, April 18 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission. The displays will include more than 22,000 spring bulbs. A new plant to see in the exhibit this year is Pink Dandelions, a wildflower from central Asia that has a yellow center surrounded…

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Design, all-season gardens to be discussed at Education Day March 13

Two great speakers will be featured at Master Gardener Education Day, which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13 by the Master Gardeners in Erie County. Rick Darke, the photographer and co-author with Doug Tallamy of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, will present “Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes.”  Paul Zammit, a professor at Niagara College in Ontario and past director of horticulture at the Toronto…

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‘What’s Bugging You’ series addresses pest problems

Find out not only how to get rid of pests, but why the pests are there in the first place with What’s Bugging You First Fridays. Get practical advice in this new virtual series. Learn how to use integrated pest management (IPM), a wholistic approach that uses different tools and practices to avoid pest problems, deal with pest problems and promote a healthy environment. The series is being held by Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County in partnership with the New…

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Coleus is new category in Great Plant Sale; order now

Coleus is the newest category to be rolled out in the Great Plant Sale, which is being held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. This year, instead of publishing the list of available plants all at once, new categories of plants are being rolled out each month through March. Members of the Botanical Gardens get early access to shopping on the 14th of each month. If you want to make sure you can get popular items before they are sold…

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Rain gardens, roses & more to be topics in classes from Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host Horticulture V classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting February 20. The classes will be held on Zoom. David Clark, horticulturist & CNLP, will teach. He is wonderfully entertaining and informative. The topics are: Houseplant Care and Cultivation, February 20 Rain Gardens, February 27 All About Roses, March 6 Hostas and Hydrangeas, March 13 Vegetables and Organic Gardening, March 27 The fees are $25 per class or $150 per series for the general…

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Gardening classes set by Master Gardeners; anyone may attend

  While you may miss being able to gather with other gardeners for a class, an upside to online classes is that you can hear a presentation from another county without having to make a long drive. Here are some of the great gardening activities coming up soon. Don’t forget to check our Events page, too. Genesee County Genesee County Master Gardeners will hold another year of the Garden Talk series from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays. See the dates…

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Select plants now for pickup in May at Botanical Gardens

You can start making your selections today in the 2021 online Great Plant Sale held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You’ll see plants in these categories online now: Perennials Shrubs Hanging Baskets and Mixed Containers Tropical Houseplants Trees Orchids But there’s more to look forward to! A new batch of plants will be added to the Botanical Gardens’ website each month from now through March. See here what the categories for future months will be. Don’t wait until the last…

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New ‘Gardens After Dark’ to open for holidays at Botanical Gardens

Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias is the first in a new series of lighting exhibits at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The Botanical Gardens will be filled with colorful and soft lighting to enhance and showcase the plant collection and the beautiful historic landmark that surrounds it. Various exhibits in the Gardens After Dark series will be held throughout the year. Magical Poinsettias will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on these dates:…