Community ed at NCCC starts Aug. 27; seniors can audit for free!

  Fall classes in the community education program in horticulture will start Aug. 27 at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn. These community education classes are non-credit, but you can get a certificate of completion if you complete the requirements. It is also possible to get up to seven credits through the NCCC Credit for Prior Learning Process. Seniors age 60 and older can audit the classes for free. You participate fully in the class when you audit; however, there…

mandala by Caroline North

Visit Nature’s Kaleidoscope & get inspired to make your own mandalas

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Mandalas go with gardening,” said artist Caroline North of Collins. “They’re centering and meditative–and that’s what plants do for us.” See her mandalas on display in the Nature’s Kaleidoscope exhibit through Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This event is proudly sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. See a short video of the exhibit here. The exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens admission. Admission is $11 for…

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Genesee County sets Master Gardener training; sign up by Aug. 24

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will offer Master Gardener training this fall. Classes will be held from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 5 through Nov. 14 at the Cooperative Extension office at 420 East Main St., Batavia. There will also be a full day of classes on Saturday, Nov. 3. Each class will focus on a different horticulture topic. Some of the topics include botany, diagnosing plant diseases, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, herbs, vegetable gardening, weed identification,…

docent at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Use your love of plants–become a docent at Botanical Gardens

Put your love of plants to good use by becoming a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A six-week training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Aug. 11 to Sept. 29 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. To be docent, you should have a love of gardening or botany, enjoy learning and talking with the public, and like to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience. An education background…

Check out brand new East Side Garden Walk this weekend, plus 4 more

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Did you know that other cities in America have only one garden walk? And you have to buy an expensive ticket to see the gardens? And you get to see only about 15 gardens? What we have in Western New York is amazing! We have easily 600 gardens that you can see on more than a dozen garden walks in the City of Buffalo and other towns. And we’ve just added yet another garden walk!…

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RESCHEDULED: Intro to permaculture set by Allegany County Cooperative Extension

RESCHEDULED: The new date is Saturday, Aug. 11.  Learn more about permaculture and see how a local person has put these concepts into practice during an Intro to Permaculture Walk and Talk for homeowners, gardeners and farmers from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28 NEW DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11 at the farm of Fred Beckhorn, 195 Irish Hill Rd. (intersection of Lyons Rd.), Rexville. The event is being held by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County Horticulture Program. The program will be hosted…

Open Gardens start this week; four garden walks this weekend

  by Connie Oswald Stofko In addition to the many garden walks we have in Western New York, we are fortunate to have Open Gardens. The Open Gardens are like garden walks, but they take place on Thursdays and Fridays instead of on weekends, and they happen only during July. And unlike most of the garden walks, which allow any garden in the area of that walk to be listed, Open Gardens include just select gardens. There will be 75…

Fester corpse flower Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Fester update: It may be bigger than Morty ever was!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fester, the second stinky corpse flower to bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, is already bigger than Morty was this year, and Fester may grow bigger than Morty was in 2014, said Erin Grajek,  associate vice president of Marketing & Visitor Experience at the Botanical Gardens. Fester can grow two to eight inches per day and is now 63.5 inches or about 5 1/4 feet tall. Morty was about 4 1/2 feet tall this year, but was…

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Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is this weekend

The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1 on the lawn of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This event showcases all kinds of art for the garden, from fountains and bird baths to craft items that add a pop of color to a bare spot. See the vendors & photos here. Plant societies will also be there to answer…

Fester corpse flower at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Morty is drooping, but Fester is blooming!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fester, which started out as the smallest of the three corpse flower corms (bulbs) that the  Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens acquired in 2014, is ready to bloom and is on display now. This announcement comes a week after another of the corpse flowers, dubbed Morty, bloomed for the second time! Since these plants bloom only once every six to ten years, having two bloom within such a short amount of time is unusual. It’s…