making Thanksgiving arrangement at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Make-it, Take-it Workshops to start in October

You can register now for the popular Make-it, Take-it Workshops at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The workshops are: Tropical Glass Terrarium Workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Participants will each build a terrarium from tropical cuttings from the Botanical Gardens’ collection. You should take gloves and a box for transporting your creation. The cost for this workshop is $20 for the general public and $15 for…

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Free seed library starting in Amherst for organic veggies, herbs, flowers

by Connie Oswald Stofko Brenda Snyder was looking for a seed bank–a place where seeds are collected and shared–but she couldn’t find one in Western New York. “There were no seed banks I could even drive to,” Snyder said. “I thought, ‘How is that even possible?’ I decided somebody just needed to take the bull by the horns and get it rolling.” Working with other volunteers, she is setting up the WNY Seed Library, a free seed library for anyone who wants…

ginseng class by Bob Beyfuss

Ginseng expert coming to WNY; get info now on how to grow this native plant

by Connie Oswald Stofko I always associated ginseng with Asia, but there is a variety, Panax quinquefolius, that is native to North America. Ginseng has been– and is still– widely used in herbal remedies. For years, when people wanted ginseng, they could just dig it up in forests. Unfortunately, over-harvesting has led to a decline in the wild population, so there are now regulations regarding wild ginseng. You can’t harvest from New York State land and you can’t harvest on private land without…

David Clark back for horticulture classes at Botanical Gardens

David Clark, horticulturist and CNLP, will return to teach another series of Horticulture Certificate Programs at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge, he is fast becoming one of the country’s noted garden speakers. His classes are very popular because he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. These classes are great for beginners who would like to learn more about gardening as well as for experts looking to refine their skills. Clark creates a very lively and…

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!…

soil and trowel

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…